Please give a warm welcome to Ashley Christman! Ashley’s latest release, The Lady and the Highwayman, is published by Entranced Publishing, under her pen name Charlotte Davila. Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Lady and the Highwayman after the interview!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Ashley Christman] I’m an editor, publisher, writer and caffeine addict. Also a roller derby player.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Lady and the Highwayman?
[Ashley Christman] The Lady and the Highwayman is a historical romance set in Georgian England.
Lady Elizabeth Bennington has the perfect life: she’s the daughter of an earl and betrothed to her childhood friend, William Hartley, the second son of a duke. But, when her sister’s indiscretion leads to an unplanned pregnancy, and the subsequent disgrace of Elizabeth’s entire family, her idyllic life is thrown into disarray.
First, her fiance is prohibited from marrying her. Then she receives word that William has been killed by thieves. To top it all off, she gets abducted by a highwayman. Can Elizabeth find love again, and with the most unlikely of people?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Ashley Christman] I’m a huge history buff and Georgian England happens to be a period that I’m fascinated by. I wanted to write about an aristocratic family and a woman who lives by her own rules.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Elizabeth?
[Ashley Christman] Intelligent, Strong, Passionate
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Elizabeth had a theme song, what would it be?
[Ashley Christman] Johnny Cash’s Walk the Line
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Elizabeth is never without.
[Ashley Christman] Her wit.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Elizabeth’s greatest regret?
[Ashley Christman] Not always saying what’s on her mind and missing opportunities to pursue the things she wants in life.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Ashley Christman] It depends on my mood really, but music and pictures have a way of creating scenes and characters in my mind.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Ashley Christman] Red Bull, my laptop, and a great playlist
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Ashley Christman] That’s a difficult question to answer. I read so many of them. Probably Vicki Pattersen’s The Taken from the Celestial Blues series.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Ashley Christman] Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. I’ve been a lifelong reader, but that was one of my faves when I was really young.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Ashley Christman] I play roller derby, train for half-marathons, and enjoy spending the precious little free time I have with my partner. We both have busy schedules.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Ashley Christman] Readers can check me out on FB, Twitter @AMChristman, and of course, my website ashleymchristman.com
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
Ashley M. Christman writing as Charlotte Davila
As a child, Ashley M. Christman spent many hours in imaginary worlds, exploring the depths of mythology and immersing herself in a breadth of classics. After spending so much time reading, she decided to try her hand at writing.
An avid fan of film noir, she combines fantasy, noir style heroes and heroines, and the paranormal in a modern day setting in a way that hopefully would make even Bogie proud.
When not writing, she can be found in the wilds of Minnesota enjoying great cuisine, avoiding the gym, and being walked by the dog with her partner, Tom.
Author Website and Blog: www.ashleymchristman.com
Every morning, at exactly half past noon, Lady Bennington began her traverse of the entire
length of Rathbonne, the Bennington family estate. She did this at the insistence of her Mama, who recommended that she do so in order to have a desirable marriage. It was advice that she took very seriously — that is to say she took only half of it very seriously. She refused to refrain from pastries and pies, both of which satisfied her demanding sweet tooth.
The estate did not make for an easy walk. It spanned over twenty acres and took her the
better part of half an hour to complete, if she moved at a leisurely pace. She always moved at a
leisurely pace, getting lost in her thoughts and fantasies of faraway lands and foreign cultures.
Sometimes, rather than walk back to the house, she would bring a book and stay in the high field amongst the shepherds and their grazing sheep, and read.
This morning she decided that rather than reading in the high field, she’d go to the brook
behind the property that divided Rathbonne from the neighboring Highborne estate. Highborne was the country home of the Duke of Staffordshire and his family, with whom the Benningtons were well acquainted. She removed the blanket from under her arm and smoothed it out on the grass beneath the tall oak, making herself cozy enough to lose herself in Paradise Lost.
“Lady Elizabeth, I bid you good afternoon,” a familiar voice yelled in the distance.
Elizabeth looked up from her book. Lord William Hartley, her childhood friend and the
second son of the Duke, was approaching on horseback. Will, like herself, was a younger child and the two of them had been raised closely. Unlike Elizabeth, he would inherit property in his own right, and his father’s title if something should cause the death of his brother. Elizabeth’s fortunes relied entirely on her marrying well.