First connections and why I wanted to become a writer
I would like to thank Through Heart-Shaped Glasses for having me on today! I love your blog and don’t know how you come up with ideas so prolifically! It was actually in reviewing your first month of blog topics of “Firsts” that I came up with my own topic for today. It had me thinking about how and why I am where I am.
We probably all remember the opening scene in Romancing the Stone, where Joan Wilder, A.K.A. Kathleen Turner, finishes her book and goes in search of a tissue but finds her apartment a mess with post-it notes reminding her to pick up tissue? Her only company a hungry cat? Had I known just how spot-on that writing scene was from that scene, where there was no glitz, just Joan and a typewriter, would I still have chosen writing as a profession?
Yeah. Most definitely.
Because despite the sometimes lonely existence even with my family surrounding me and pets vying for attention, there’s still the thrill of putting together a particular scene that has me smiling to myself, and the hope it might even draw a chuckle from readers. Or writing that one suspenseful scene that will send chills up readers’ spines as they worry and wonder what happens next. Those are the moments that I love about writing.
One of the first romance books that I remember totally loving for the range in emotions it wrought from me—from spurts of laughter after reading a particular witty comment that the heroine threw at the hero, to full tears at the emotional and physical pain the hero endured to show her his love—was Judith McNaught’s A Kingdom of dreams. When I finished that story and every time I read it afterwards, I knew I wanted to aspire to writing just like Ms. McNaught. To draw readers in to my story, the character’s life, where they experience their joy and pain along with them.
I’ve only just debuted my first book and it feels like the dam has broken. Ideas are bubbling and waiting to be let out. I only hope that I’ll be able to capture all the emotions as capably as Ms. McNaught. And even though the house is in shambles and the laundry is several feet high and the kids are eating cereal for dinner (although that seems to be by their choice, thankfully), I wouldn’t change any of it.
My debut book, YOU AGAIN, is now available for purchase on most major E-retailers as seen here http://www.entangledpublishing.com/you-again/ I also love to connect with readers and fellow authors and you can find me on:
My web page, http://www.ashleemallory.com/
Twitter: @ashleemallory and
Ashlee lives with her husband, two kids, a dog, and cat surrounded by the majestic mountains of her hometown in the greater Salt Lake City area. When she’s not writing the boring legal stuff for her day job, she gets to immerse herself in writing stories about love, life, and the occasional murder.