Ashley Rovira graduated from Burbank High School in 1995. Following a character-building detour in the US Navy, she embarked on a circuitous journey of further education, hard work, and ever expanding curiosity. The Burbank Story series is the culmination of ideas that began in high school. Other works by Ashley Rovira include a short story in Argus 2014 literary and arts magazine of Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She also edited and published a volume of poetry by her grandmother, the late Louise Coco Schneider. In her spare time, such as it exists, she is founding archivist on the Ira David Schneider Memorial Project.
The Burbank Story Series begins with Emily's Burbank Story (about her Finnish stepfather and a boy from nowhere) and is succeeded by Bruce's Burbank Story (about the Finnish museum founded by said Finnish stepfather and Bruce's trip to Monaco.) It begins with a satirical look into the world of a teenage girl in Burbank when her mother marries a Finnish fishmonger and museum director. The plot thickens when a homeless boy is adopted by her stepfather and this previously homeless boy ends up being the scion of an ancient feudal family based in Turku, Finland. Intrigue and even murder ensue. Who is after the family fortunes and can they be stopped before everyone and everything so hard won is destroyed?
The plot thickens as the blended family living in a Finnish museum (in Burbank) adapt to a new reality: the formerly homeless BM being, in fact, the scion of an ancient Finnish feudal house. There are new characters on the scene, such as a handsome, charming, but mysterious Finnish exchange student.
A Finnish old man comes to Burbank, founds a museum, marries a divorced mother of two, and adopts a homeless boy. The kids live in pop culture--in short, movies, television, and comic books. This is a coming of age story, about balancing one's own identity with the one imposed by outside forces.