Hello, hello! I’m Ashley!
I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and wrote my first picture book when I was 9 years old that I entered in a Reading Rainbow contest, earning a certificate from LeVar Burton.
Five years later, I rediscovered my love of writing at the age of 14. A+’s and AP English recommendations in school let me know a career in writing was a possibility, but it wasn’t until I was well into my 20’s that I realized it was my destined career.
While still in my teens, I went from fanfiction to novels when I wrote and self-published my first novella titled “Masterpiece” under a pen name at the age of 17; a story I would love to rework and republish someday.
Now 26, I have been editing and revising my LGBTQ+ manuscript and am currently on the journey to literary representation and traditional publishing. A member of the community myself, I found it important to write a story showcasing every important aspect of a LGBTQIA+ person’s life and pulled inspiration from my own experiences and the bigoted comments I heard from people around me.
I made my poetry debut in 2021 in the anthology Deviant: Chronicles of Pride. My poem “Ace of Hearts” kicks off the Asexual Confessional section, showcasing the struggles of asexuality with some plays on words.
You can also find me on YouTube, making weekly videos about my author journey, life as a writer, and so much more.
Before writing books, I owned a music blog and a soap opera blog where I interviewed musicians and actors. I spent my teen years writing for Teen Ink under a pen name, with two articles becoming the Editor’s Choice, while two others were featured in their print magazine.
When I’m not writing, I’m an active philanthropist, best known for my work with Stand Up 2 Cancer. As part of their top fundraising team – Crush Kids Cancer – I ran fundraising projects and attended the live Stand Up 2 Caner broadcast in Los Angeles in 2012. I’m also an advocate for voter registration, volunteering with HeadCount at several events since 2019. In 2020, I participated in Jen Lilley’s Voices That Give competition, personally raising over $5,000 for Project Orphans.