Ashley Michel


Ashley Michel, 37, is the emerging author of “Fugue” (2014) and the upcoming “Girl in Gray.” (2015)

She majored in anthropology at Louisiana State University, and then later returned for a Masters of Library and Information Science, also from LSU. She has had a series of early jobs ranging in everything from insurance to massage therapy, but finally found her way back into the library, where she worked as a student in college. After working in academic libraries for 12 years, she then turned to the public library system and is currently a Reference Librarian in the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

During this time, she re-discovered her love of writing stories, having ventured into fanfiction during her college years, though she had been writing stories for her sisters since childhood. After some encouraging feedback from fellow fans, she decided to try it “for real,” and signed up as a freelance ghostwriter online. After working several years writing for others, she penned her first novel "Fugue" for National Novel Writing Month. She anticipates many more novels in the years to come!

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, amongst people who are born storytellers. My father is Cajun by heritage and Cajuns do love our stories. My father could make the dullest courtroom proceeding sound like the funniest thing you ever heard. My mother is an English teacher, so I had a strong start in telling stories and how to write them properly. Louisiana is full of colorful story telling traditions, and I benefitted from it.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing around the age of eight, when I started using my grandfather's book spiral binding machine to make books about magic unicorns for my younger sisters. As I moved into my teens, my writing was honed by writing fanfiction for my favorite shows and posting them on fan boards. The positive reviews from the people who read them encouraged me to develop my writing skills.
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Where to find Ashley Michel online

Where to buy in print


Robicheaux Bayou 1: The Loup Garou of Landry Swamp
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 168,730. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Two investigators return to their small hometown in the swamps of Louisiana to aid local police in an investigation. Mysterious happenings around town, along with real world crimes, lead the duo on a chase for a criminal that not be human. Is the town of Robicheaux Bayou haunted by a werewolf?
The Girl in Grey
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 121,570. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
In the final years of the American Civil War, a young farm girl finds her world torn apart when a vicious attack leaves her homeless and orphaned. Donning the uniform of a Confederate soldier, she joins the army, posing as a man, in hopes of locating the raiders who killed her parents. Now living as "Andy," she must protect her secret from her own comrades and risk discovery as experiences life on
Price: Free! Words: 66,850. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
When Hillary Coulton wakes up in a strange room, she discovers it is five years later and she has a small child she does not remember having. Now, miles from home, and her memory still fuzzy, she must find a way to protect herself and her son, who is very special, from the shadowy forces following them. Will she remember in time? Or is it already too late?

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