MEET THE AUTHOR ASHLEA THOMPSON

  1. Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

“Chief, I have a file I wanted to talk to you about,” Emily said as she stepped into his office. He motioned for her to take a seat. “This file is on Ashlea Thompson. She is an author from Alabama. It says here she has two degrees and she works for a telecommunications company. She has a husband and two dogs. She has written two novels and has a third one coming out soon,” Emily continued scanning the folder, “She collects houseplants.”  The chief looked thoughtful, “You think she is worth looking into?” Emily smiled,” Yes, I do.”

  1. Without giving us spoilers, introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

When a dead body shows up in the small town of Everton, it is way more than the police department can handle. The city reaches out to the FBI and Emily Creighton is put on the case. The sister city to Salem is full of magic and intrigue and there is no telling what is about to happen.  Is she ready to be the lead detective for the first time since she joined the FBI?

  1. What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

She is a lot like me. She keeps lists and plans things, but ultimately wings it in the end, LOL. She strives to do her very best and get the job done no matter what is thrown at her.

  1. Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

In my second novel’ “Make You Love Me,” one of the side character’s name is Sara Raines. She was probably my favorite character in that book. She is sort of the type of person I want to be. She is kind and compassionate as well as dedicated to her job. 

  1. How did you come up with your idea for the above story?  

Every now and then I like to read books from the supernatural genre. I thought to myself, it would be cool to write something about witchcraft and incorporate crime and thriller into it. I bounced the idea off my husband. He thought it was brilliant so off I went.

  1. What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

Honestly, I didn’t have any type of plan. Usually, before I start writing, I write down all the characters, the basic story and then start writing. Oftentimes I start writing before I even develop characters.

  1. How do you handle writer’s block?  

I suffered from writer’s block back in January. It was terrible. I read a few books from my pile and crocheted a blanket. Anything to keep my hands busy. I spent time thinking about how I wanted my novel to play out.

  1. Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

I like to clean. It helps me think. I go over scenes in my head while I am scrubbing the tub.

  1. What is your writing snack?

Grapes. Give me all the grapes.

  1. What do you do when you’re not writing?

I work a lot. Also, I usually read when I am not writing. I like to spend time with my husband and two dogs.

  1. What is your favorite season and why?

Fall. 100% Everything is so pretty. I am not built for the heat either. I love when it gets cool and I can open the door and let the crisp fresh air in.

  1. What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

Thrillers. I love trying to solve the murders along with the characters. I love the ones where you have no idea what is happening and by the time you are done with the book you are in shock.

  1. Do you have a writer’s mission statement? What is it?

Yes. “Creating worlds for people to live a thousand lives from their own.”

  1. What do you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

When I am writing I am usually in the living room sitting on the couch while my husband watches TV, so it’s whatever he is watching. Mostly it’s sports or podcasts on YouTube.

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What was your biggest failure that you turned into a success?

My first marriage was a failure. A big one. After a while, I found the man I was supposed to be with. I took all the lessons I learned from the first time and it has made me a better person and wife.

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