Saturday, December 31, 2011

Saying Good-bye to 2011

The new year is a time to reflect on the previous year while projecting our thoughts to the upcoming year. I began 2011 with my heart heavy, mourning the loss of my maternal grandmother. This year I'm looking forward to a year that promises to be a great one. My first novel, The Progeny, is set to release February 15, 2012, my family has their health and strength, I'm doing something that I dearly love and am finally seeing my hard work pay off.

I'm ready to bid 2011 farewell and embrace the prosperity that 2012 promises. So, you might ask, what are my resolutions for the new year?

1) Keep balance in my life.
2) Take steps to becoming a vegan.
3) See Ascher, Shauna and The Progeny become household names.
4) Take a cruise.
5) Just have fun.

I know numbers two and three are rather ambitious but I truly believe they are possible. This wasn't meant to be a long blog. I just wanted to wish all who read this a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Peace and Love,
Ashlynne

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Artists....

"Forever... For always... For eternity"
A book cover and character art are a big part of marketing and getting a book noticed. An artist's work is the first thing a reader sees before they ever read a word. Sometimes a cover can be the difference between a book being picked up or passed by. In my quest for publication I stumbled across one of the most amazing artists. She isn't well-known (not yet, at least) but she has an eye and a gift for drawing and sketching that I've never imagined.

Faleasha Myers and I met through a mutual acquaintance- her sister and my co-worker, Brandi Kucko. Brandi and I were talking back and forth one day at the job and I mentioned that I was outlining a project about a vampire and his love for a human witch. After weeks of talking back and forth, she said, "You'd love my sister. You guys have the same taste in music and she's an awesome artist." After that things just kinda snowballed. I continued to write and I got to know her sister.

Awesome... that isn't quite the word to describe her gift.

Besides being one of the kindest and sweetest people, she's got an uncanny eye for details and a wicked gift to draw. Her work is so lifelike and wonderful. Her interpretation of my characters brought a rich, new depth to them while capturing the innocence of the beginning of their journey. She's also been a tremendous support during the whole writing process.

She and her sister have been cheering me on since day one- before I ever thought that it would be published. They believed in the project when it looked like it might never see the light of day. Now, just three months from publication, it is becoming a reality.

The purpose of today's blog is to highlight the artist that has breathed a unique life into my characters. Faleasha Myers. I am showcasing her for the spectacular work she did for my first novel, The Progeny. Below are the many sites that also showcase her work. I recommend you check her out.

Faleasha's work can be seen:
-www.onfefesmind.blogspot.com
-www.youtube.com/feefers1428
-www.fefe1414.deviantart.com

To contact her about a project:
 feefers1428@yahoo.com

Friday, September 30, 2011

Breaking in My Blog....

I was eight, the day I received a shiny, gold pin for placing third in an oratorical contest. A writer was born. It was the first time I  realized the true power of my words. If I concentrate, I can remember the dry, tasteless chicken; the nerves in my tummy when I presented my speech on Freedom in America; the euphoric feeling that swept me when the crowd clapped after my presentation. Over the years, I've continued to write, mostly poetry. I even published a book of poetry under another pen name. But I've never endeavored what I'm attempting now. The last ten months, I've gotten serious about my writing- observing and reading the masters, learning from my failings and honing my craft. My first attempt was a great story but my technique was lacking. My second project is blazing forth, full speed ahead, with six publishers considering it at this moment. The process of getting published is a tedious one, wrought with twists and turns, jubilation and heartbreak but it is worth it in the end (or so I'm told). Further complicating my situation, is the fact that I work full time along with writing (it's not fun, trust me). Most days I'm too tired to do much but I'm always thinking about my characters- new story lines, new character traits. I even dream about them sometimes (scary but true). I'm determined, stoked about my progress so far and too darn stubborn to give in. Balancing my life is sometimes a challenge. I'm not just a full time employee. I'm also a mother of a mentally challenged son and a wife. I hope to share my experience in this blog and inspire those who are just starting out or considering navigating the publishing realm. I'm hoping to post at least once a week (Fridays). This is the end. I can't believe I'm blogging.