Today I’m very excited to be welcoming Ashley Stambaugh to my blog! We are celebrating her debut release Collide and invite you to stick around to learn more about Ashley and her book.So without further adieu…why don’t we get comfy and cozy with Ashley.
Moira: Let’s break the ice shall we? I’m a huge Walking Dead fan and Daryl is my super secret husband so…if you were stuck in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and you had three people to help you fight off the zombie horde, who would they be?
Ashley: My husband loves The Walking Dead, as well as any other zombie show or movie, and he’s actually explained to me before (in a semi joking manner) his plan for how we would survive a zombie apocalypse, so definitely him. The other two would be Chuck Norris and Bill Murray. I don’t think I need to explain why.
Moira: Well Bill Murray threw me for a loop. Haha. Tell me a little about the genre(s) you write in, and why?
Ashley: I write in the fantasy and paranormal genres because I’ve always been intrigued with the possibility of supernatural beings and other worldly powers, and I get to bring them to life in my stories.
Moira: I can totally relate to that. Do you need to be in a specific place or atmosphere before the words flow?
Ashley: I need to be alone, but I don’t like for it to be completely silent. I have to have some type of background noise. Music is preferable, but sometimes I’ll turn the TV on really low. If it’s too quiet, my mind tends to wander from one thing to the other, and I can’t focus.
Moira: Music seems to be a common background item for authors. I like to think it’s because it helps the creative juices rather than detracts from them. Name one thing readers would be surprised to learn about you.
Ashley: I was never much of a video game player until I met my husband. Now I play online multiplayer computer games with him, and I actually have a lot of fun!
Moira: Sweet. I go back and forth with my video game obsessions. Right now games and I are on a time out because my house was falling down around me…which oddly enough plays into my next question. Which household chore do you abhor and why?
Ashley: Putting the laundry away. I have no problem with doing the laundry and folding it, but when it comes to putting the clothes, towels, etc. back in their respective closets or drawers, you can usually hear a heavy sigh escaping my mouth. I can’t really give an exact reason why I loathe it so much. Maybe it’s because after loading the laundry into the washer, then the dryer, and then folding it, I’m just tired of it. I’ve been known to leave a folded pile of clothes or towels on the couch for a day or so before putting them away. Haha!
Moira: Ah well, with two kids who seem to throw clean clothes into the dirty laundry quite frequently, I can sympathize. Do you have any guilty pleasures you feel comfortable sharing? You know…like an unhealthy obsession with chocolate covered coffee beans?
Ashley: Maybe not with chocolate covered coffee beans, but I have an unhealthy obsession with chocolate!
Moira: Oh good, more chocolate covered coffee beans for me! One author, dead or alive, and you get to sit down and have a one on one with them. Who would it be and why?
Ashley: This was a tough one, but I’ll have to go with J.K. Rowling. She is a creative genius the way she weaves details in and out of her stories, so I’d love to talk to her about where/how she comes up with her ideas.
Moira: Ooh good choice! If you could have one talent besides writing, what would it be?
Ashley: Public speaking. I wish I could be smooth and confident when speaking in front of others, but that usually doesn’t happen. I guess that’s why I’m a writer. I’m perfectly content being alone in a room just making stuff up.
Moira: Many authors would agree, including myself, and I envy the authors that can handle public speaking with ease. In closing, tell us a bit about your latest release (& share an excerpt for those who aren’t yet familiar with your work)
Ashley: In short, Collide follows the story of a young woman who’s trying to survive the potentially fatal effects of the powers she’s absorbed from an angel. She’s also on the run from a trio of demons who are hunting her down to take her soul. Here’s an excerpt from the first chapter.
Melina Rowe peered out of her bedroom window and wrinkled her nose. It was late October, so she knew it was cold outside, but it also appeared to be windy. These weather conditions weren’t her favorite, but she was determined to continue with her morning runs until snow prevented her from doing otherwise. She pulled her long brown hair up into a ponytail, slid a fleece headband on over her ears, and zipped up her coat before heading out her apartment door and down the stairwell to her bookstore below. The store didn’t open for another hour, so she had plenty of time. She took a quick look around and then turned to exit through the back.
Starting off in a slight jog, she followed her normal path toward the park, taking in the city in its early morning state as she went. Traffic was light, and there was only a handful of people out and about. The sky was a dull gray, and brown, dried up leaves swirled and danced around her, giving the city an even gloomier feeling. She hoped the blustery wind didn’t mean rain was on its way.
After only a few short blocks, the wrought iron gates that surrounded the park appeared alongside her. She picked up her pace and rounded a corner to her right, making her way toward the entrance, when she came upon an elderly man walking from the opposite direction. They met each other so suddenly that neither of them had a chance to move out of the way. Melina collided with the man, and it was in that moment that it happened.
As soon as their bodies made contact, she felt a powerful surge of energy pass through her and then a bright white light exploded between them, knocking them both away from each other. Melina, who had been knocked to the ground, pushed herself up to her feet, wondering what had just happened. The sensation that went through her body was like nothing she had ever felt before. It was very sharp and intense, like an electric shock, but at the same time it was soothing and warm. The feeling still lingered in her body as she finally looked over at the man.
After catching his balance, he looked over at her, and she noticed his expression of confusion and shock. His mouth opened as if to say something, but nothing came out. He stared at her for a moment and then finally he spoke to her.
“You,” he muttered.
“Excuse me?” she asked, returning his confused look.
“You’re one of them.”
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And thank you so much for joining us Ashley! I wish you many great and happy stories, fans, and readers in your future!