Thursday, 7 July 2011
Open House Day 37 - Ashley L Knight
What's my point? We could all learn something from this man - a man I have listed on my top five of people I'd go back in time to meet. He was a walking encyclopedia for quotes. Go ahead - type in "Walt Disney quotes" on Google & wade through the information thrust upon you. I forewarn you: bring a life jacket.
So with Walt in mind, let me tell you that I think I'm fairly typical of many first time authors. The first book is your child. You love it, whisper sweet soothing words to it late at night, check on it religiously to make sure all is right. You write it because you know that someone like you will love it! The day you receive it in book bound form, you cry. Yes, you unashamedly weep tears of joy and pride. It's like graduation. When it's published and a reader sends you an email actually thanking you for writing your masterpiece, you swell with pride and know it was all worth it in the end. Excitedly, you look forward to the reviews and blurbs. And, of course, writing your next book.
I'm often asked for advice, which is overwhelming at times as it's usually me who's asking for advice. Many people ask me how to begin writing, or how to continue writing, etc... I tell them to write what speaks to them. Write what you know. Write from the heart. I know I sound like a Hallmark commercial, but really, it is true. When you write what you're passionate about, it's reflected in your words. Your writing comes alive and your characters jump from the pages. Write about everything and anything and don't be afraid of who you're going to piss off. Because in the end, after you've blatantly ignored your critics and focused on your beloved readers, you're going to find that who you've been writing for all this time is yourself.
Two events of significance occurred during of the birth of Ashley L. Knight in 1977. One was the VC10 jet flight time record from London to Bahrain was smashed by her father in his determination to be by her side and the appearance of brilliant meteor showers over the desert island that was witnessed by her godmother. Raised in Bahrain, the legendary kingdom of Dilmun, Ashley grew up on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, white haired and blue-eyed, swimming in the warm tidal shallows with her mother at seven days old as all baby mermaids are raised.
Moving away from the gathering war storms of the Middle East conflict, her family settled in mountainous Idaho, USA, to the seasonal rhythms of ranch life. Ashley's love of horses and riding skills found her representing major rodeos as an elegant Rodeo Queen and striking spokesperson.
By 15 years Ashley was already enrolled in university in Idaho where she majored in English/ Writing Emphasis, with a minor in Biology. College summers were spent with her younger sister at the ranch riding by the Little Salmon River or at Disney World as an intern in their summer program.
A chance meeting in downtown Boise brought love's destiny to her life. Greg and Ashley were married in McCall by the glacial blue waters of the lake. Inseparable, they now have two small children of their own.
Ashley is the author of the YA fantasy novels FINS and FATHOMS. The third novel in the trilogy, FOREVER is due to be published in 2012