Please give a warm welcome to Ashlyn Chase. She’s visiting the virtual offices to celebrate her latest release, Flirting Under a Full Moon. After the interview, enter for a chance to win a copy of Flirting Under a Full Moon!
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Ashlyn Chase] I’m like an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give my readers a satisfying romantic treat. Oh, and I’m a poet too—not.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Flirting Under A Full Moon?
[Ashlyn Chase] This is the first in a new series. It’s a spin-off of the very successful Strange Neighbors series. This book features Nick, the bad-boy twin brother of Konrad from The Werewolf Upstairs—book 2 in the Strange Neighbors series. Each book is a stand-alone, but if you’re like me, you’ll have to start at the beginning and go in order. If that’s the case, Strange Neighbors is book 1 in the original series. As I mentioned, TWU is book 2, and The Vampire Next Door is book 3. Then we have a new trilogy with a few recurring characters from the old series. The new series is like the original in that all the books can be read individually as stand-alones. For each there’s a unique beginning, a middle, and a happy ever after ending.
[Ashlyn Chase] Believe it or not, I brainstormed the series arc with my niece who was twelve years old at the time. I shared a kernel of an idea and her imagination went wild! Before I knew it, I had one of the best characters in the whole series—a snarky Mother Nature—head of the supernatural council. Hey, someone has to keep these crazy characters in line!
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Brandee?
[Ashlyn Chase] Open-minded, creative, and caring
[Manga Maniac Café] If Nick had a theme song, what would it be?
[Ashlyn Chase] Bad to the Bone
[Manga Maniac Café] Name one thing Brandee is never without.
[Ashlyn Chase] Her old-school 35 mm camera—until she loses it in a freak tornado. But our hero finds a refurbished one just like it and buys it for her. (Insert ‘awww’ here.)
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things will you never find in Nick’s bedroom?
[Ashlyn Chase] Fragile antique furniture, frills, and the same woman twice.
[Manga Maniac Café] What is Brandee’s greatest regret?
[Ashlyn Chase] That artists have to make a living doing something else—in her case, waitressing.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Ashlyn Chase] My mother from whom I inherited my creativity and confidence to live my dream.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Ashlyn Chase] 1. Liquid. Can be coffee, tea or water. Must hydrate the brain. 2. Computer with spell check (I’m a terrible speller.) 3. A quiet environment. I need to hear the voices in my head. (I mean my characters voices, of course.)
[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Ashlyn Chase] Up in the Air. It’s a Blaze by Karen Foley. I don’t usually read military romances (being a peace-loving person) but it was great. I felt like I was right there in Afghanistan.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Ashlyn Chase] Odd as this may sound, The Godfather. I was just getting over a broken heart, and this book took me away from it all—not literally. I was riveted to my chair for three days.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Ashlyn Chase] I like to make jewelry or see friends—or both if I’m visiting with someone creative.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Ashlyn Chase] www.ashlynchase.com
Join my facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshlynChase
Chat with me: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ashlynsnewbestfriends/
…and I tweet as GoddessAsh. https://twitter.com/#!/GoddessAsh
Ask me to sign your ebook at www.authorgraph.com
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A multi-published, award winning author Ashlyn Chase specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself numerous times. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse, and for the Red Cross, and has a degree in behavioral sciences. She lives with her true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire. The next book in the Flirting with Fangs Series, How to Date a Dragon, will be in stores in September 2013. For more information, please visit http://www.ashlynchase.com/, her Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshlynChase, and on Twitter https://twitter.com/GoddessAsh.
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