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 my first novella titled "Masterpiece" under a pen name at the age of 17. I later went on to self-publish my first novel, which received rave reviews, recommended by USA Today and The Guardian.
Now 26, I have been writing and revising my book series in the LGBTQ+ NA genre and am currently on the journey to literary representation and major publishing. A member of the community myself, I found it important to write a story showcasing every important aspect of a LGBTQ+ person's life and pulled inspiration from my own experiences and the bigoted comments I heard from people around me.
You can also find me on YouTube, making weekly videos about my author journey, writing and so much more as an "Authortuber."
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.