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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dust Tour! An Interview with Devon Ashley

Thank you for stopping by for our date on the Dust Tour. Devon Ashley will be joining us today. We are so excited that she took the time from her busy schedule to answer some questions for us!

What inspired you to write your first book? 
I had always been good at creative writing, even when I was little. I actually started off writing screenplays for fun. When Ordained placed in a competition and I was given some one-on-one time with one of the judges, she actually suggested I take the story and write fiction. A few years later I did. J Now I can’t seem to stop.

When you first started writing Dust, did you plan for it to be a series? 
Honestly, no. Originally I thought it would be a dark, stand-alone novel about a pixie irritated over being stolen and determined to break free at any cost. But as I was writing, I really wanted to create the character of Jack, one of her captors, just to work in a little forbidden romance . Dust is all the better for it, and now that Rosalie’s determined to free all the slaves, it’s now become a trilogy.

What can you tell us about the next installment? 
Hmm…hard without putting some spoilers out there about Dust. I can say that in book two, a couple of pixies from Rosalie’s Hollow will find themselves stolen for faerie slave labor as well, which only infuriates our passionate heroine even more.

Which of your characters do you relate to most and why? 
Rosalie, hands down. I’ve always been a leader and someone others come to help them deal with their problems. I love to write about strong female leads that are kick-@ss when it comes to getting the job done, but always have a hint of vulnerability that makes them realistic and likeable.

What is a secret about you that nobody else knows?
 I have a massive yarn stash. Little balls of fluff, fuzz, beaded silk, and chenille stuffed in every hidden nook this house has to offer. Seriously…I have a problem. But I can whip up some wicked knits.

If your real life as a teenager was a Young Adult book, what would you, the main character, be like? 
A lot like the heroines in my novels. Strong-willed, hard-headed, walls a little tough to break through but lots of love to give, and maybe just a smidgen of stubbornness. Okay...maybe an ounce.

What book have you read too many times to count? 
Pride and Prejudice. I just can’t get enough of the tension between Lizzy and Mr. Darcy. Sigh…

If you could hop into the life of any character for a day, who would it be, and why? 
Hermione Granger, cause she’s freakin’ awesome. And because she managed to snag Krum. Did I mention I like jocks? J

What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received? 
Never read a review with one star. No author is immune to them, and most are just mean-hearted instead of offering up useful criticisms.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 
Play and read with my two year old boy, Riley.

To learn more about Devon Ashley and her books, visit her blog. You can also find her on Facebook and GoodReads.

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