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 27, I have been editing and revising my LGBTQIA+ 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 an LGBTQIA+ person’s life and pulled inspiration from my own experiences and the bigoted comments I heard from people around me.
My debut novelette The Flip Side of Sad was a story 10 years in the making, that I finally decided to independently publish in 2021. Its sequel The Flip Side of Love is due out on March 29, 2022, with a third book in the series in the works.
I made my poetry debut in 2021 in the Ink Feathers Publishing 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. I also had the honor of writing the back cover blurb for this anthology.
My next short story will be found in an upcoming anthology by Twelve House Books, due out in Fall 2022. My next poem will be found in the LGBTQIA+ anthology Collective Humanity, due out in 2023 by Collective Tales Publishing.
You can also find me on YouTube, making weekly videos about my author journey, life as a writer, some magical Disney content, and so much more.
In 2021, I started working at MJ’s Big Blog where I would live-blog and recap season 30 of Dancing With The Stars, combining my two biggest interests — writing and dancing — in what I considered a dream job opportunity. I currently live-blog American Song Contest on MJ’s Big Blog, plus work as an entertainment list writer and peer mentor at Collider.com.
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 Cancer broadcast in Los Angeles in 2012. I’m also an advocate for voter registration, volunteering with HeadCount.org at several events since 2019. In 2020, I participated in Jen Lilley’s Voices That Give competition, personally raising over $5,000 toward building Tulsa Girls Home by Project Orphans.