Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ashely Earley Author Interview

I've got another giveaway coming in a few days, but first, an author interview! Ashley Earley, author of Alone in Paris, which comes out on April 1st, was nice enough to answer a few questions for me! I'm adding the blurb and the cover below, so you can get an idea of what this book is about, and then straight into the interview!

As a quick side note, don't forget to sign up for the currently running giveaway! Here's a link to make it easier:


Breathe, Taylor.

Taylor Clay's family isn't exactly perfect. They may look the part with the nice, big house and her dad's fancy job, but that's what's tearing them apart. That, and her dad's sudden recurring drinking problem.
Though her family is close to falling apart, she never wished for something like this to happen. She never wished for her father to drive off a bridge. Especially not while they were on vacation; especially not when her and her mom were in the car with him at the time.

She's devastated after the fact. And it isn't helping that the papers are gossiping about how the pristine lawyer could have driven off the bridge on purpose. And just when she thinks nothing could possibly make things worse, she realizes she's left alone with no relatives to care for her.
So she's alone. Her parents are dead. And she's stuck in the country her family was visiting for their vacation. She's alone in Paris.
Just breathe.

Then Nathan walks into the picture. Funny, snarky, persistent, and sometimes, just flat out rude, he annoys Taylor to no end. He won't leave her alone, but Taylor doesn't know whether or not she should push him away.

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1.) When did you first start writing?

I was 14-years old when I started writing. At first, it sort of started out as an experiment. I wanted to see if I could write a book—to see how difficult it was. I ended up loving it and couldn’t stop. I wrote one book after another!

2.) Tell us a little bit about the book you're offering for giveaway. (Preferably something not in the blurb).

I’ll tell you about how I got the idea for Alone in Paris. I got the idea for the book Alone in Paris from a picture. The picture was of a girl sitting next to a small pond. She was wearing a white dress, and more importantly, she was alone. And I just imagined there being the Eiffel Tower in the reflection of the pond.

Since I pictured the girl in the photograph alone, when I started writing Alone in Paris, I had to figure out how she came to be alone. 

I wondered how she came to be alone and thought about it for a while until I came up with the idea about how she came to be by herself and why. However, the story and where it would take me wasn't obvious. I wasn't sure who my character was and where the story would go, and if I could write a contemporary since I was used to writing fantasy. I was struggling to figure out what kind of book Alone in Paris would be.

I wrote the first five chapters for Alone in Paris. But I had been working on another book project at the time, and quickly came to the conclusion that I couldn't write 2 books at once. So, I put it away, only to pick it up again 4 years later. I somehow finished it, and writing it wasn't so bad, even though it lacked battle scenes and scary creatures lol. I've actually written another contemporary book since finishing Alone in Paris.

Here is a link to a blog post to find out more:

3.) Which character was your favorite to write in this book? Why?

My favorite character to write for Alone in Paris was the main character, Taylor. It’s actually funny, sometimes it was miserable to write through Taylor’s eyes because she is a very broken character that doesn’t know how to move forward with her life. Her sadness consumed me at times. But she managed to pull through and find a way to move forward because of Nathan. Taylor was my favorite character to write because she could pull me into her world and her feelings projected onto me.

4.) Which character was your least favorite? Or, if this is too hard (it would be for me!) which was the most difficult?

The most difficult was actually Nathan, because I did not want it to seem like that he was only there to make Taylor feel better. I didn’t want it to seem like that Nathan was Taylor’s only reason to move on. Taylor is stronger than that. She didn’t need a guy to help her through her struggles; she only needed someone to show her that it was possible to overcome those struggles. I wanted my readers to understand that Nathan was someone that Taylor could count on.

5.) Have you always written in this genre, and do you plan to continue? Or is there a genre you hope to one day try writing?

I’ve always written young adult books. I do, however, write different genres that are involved in young adult; such as fantasy or contemporary, etc. I’ve written a few contemporary books, but my favorite books to write are fantasy/adventure novels. I do hope to move into writing thriller/suspense novels in the future.

6.) If you were stranded on an island with only one other person, which character of yours would you want it to be and why?

I would choose a character from my current work in progress. His name is Devan, and he is so sweet and always there for the people he cares about. I’m really enjoying writing about him, so he is definitely the character I would want to have by my side if I was stranded on an island.

7.) Name one of your favorite books written by another author.

Name only one? That’s tough, but I guess I would have to say Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. He’s just SO DREAMY!

8.) Do you have any other projects currently in the works?

Currently, I am working on writing a series that is set in the Salem Witch Trials. I’m very excited about it! I hope to send the first book out to agents and publishers as soon as the first book is revised.

9.) What inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired to write Alone in Paris by a picture at first (see answer to question 2). I was 14 at the time and only wrote a few chapters before I set it aside. What inspired me to pick up the project again and finish it was several things. The scenery of Paris has always caught my attention and has always been a place I wanted to visit, but the idea of being stranded in a foreign place was what really inspired me. I also wanted to write about raw characters that could come together and find comfort in each other. So, I molded my characters and tried to make them as emotional as I possibly could.

10.) Any other comments, or things we should know about this or any other upcoming projects?

Beware the ending of Alone in Paris. I wasn’t even sure how the book was going to end until I came to the last 2 chapters.
I wanted the ending to be smooth and leave my readers satisfied with how Taylor and Nathan's story came to a close. I also wanted to leave my readers guessing with how things continued between them. I wanted to make it clear that just because the book ended, it didn't mean that Taylor and Nathan's story was over. Their lives continued on beyond Alone in Paris. While there will not be a sequel for Alone in Paris, I wanted to show my readers that my characters' story wasn't over.

11.) Any social media sites, or a website/blog, we can follow to get more information on your work?

Of course! I’m always active and love hearing from my readers and other writers!

Instagram: @ashley_earley
Twitter: @ashleyc_earley
Snapchat: @ashley.ace3
Remember guys, the book releases on the first!!!!

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