I came across Emily some time last year, before I transitioned from my previous pen name to the name I use now: Ashlee Shades.
At the time, Emily was blogging a wonderful erotic romance story on her blog, and I enjoyed reading it. She was also one of the most supportive people I have come across. She is such a sweet soul, with a generous and humble heart.
Imagine my excitement for her when she announced that she was turning her blogged story into a published novella! That is an amazing task. I was humbled, myself, when this beautiful person asked me if I would partake in her release party on FB. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. But, I had one favor to ask of her: to answer interview questions.
She, to my happiness, agreed to take the time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions that I hope will give you all a glimpse into how awesome this author is.
So, without further ado - here is the interview!
First, thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions. I know time is valuable, especially when you are getting ready for a book launch, so I truly do appreciate you answering these.
Thank you Ashlee. I appreciate you taking the time to put this interview together.
I love to read books and never thought I would become a writer. Last year, I was approached to write stories in a role-play on Twitter. I realized then, I loved to write stories. I branched out and started blogging my own story in November 2015. I felt accomplished in writing my own story and that's when I made a decision to become an author.
Question 2: When writing, is there ever a moment when you hit a writer’s block and lack inspiration? If so, what do you do to help yourself get past that?
When I was blogging, I hit a writer’s block and took a break for a week to gather my thoughts. It helped me refocus.
Question 3: What is it about the genre you write in that intrigues you the most? What made you choose this genre?
In the past I read romance, sci-fi and suspense novels. Last year, I began reading erotica, particularly BDSM romance stories. The dark male characters in the stories captivated me. I would love to see more of dark female characters in erotic romance stories. My erotic stories reflect my love for this genre.
Question 4: Each of us finds inspiration in different things. I find inspiration in art and music. Where do you find your inspiration?
First my husband is my inspiration and my biggest supporter. My writing inspiration comes from music.
Question 5: When you are not writing, what can readers and fans find you doing?
I devote my spare time with my husband and three children. I loved to read, and watch tv and movies when I am not busy.
Question 6: If your fans or readers want to find you online, where can they do that?