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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Interview with Author Ashlyn Chase and Giveaway

Meet Ashlyn Chase author of I Dream of Dragons.

A multi-published eBook 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.

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First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
A.C. I grew up in the Boston burbs. Moved to the city for college, dropped out, got a half-way decent job, and got married.

He joined the Air Force and we were stationed in Colorado where I had my one and only darling daughter.

Got divorced and came home to mom and dad…baby in tow!

If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have been able to afford to go back to school and graduate as an RN. I worked as a nurse for 20 years.

It put food on the table and allowed me to buy our own little place—much to my parents’ relief, I’m sure.

I’ve always been creative. Nursing isn’t a creative profession. In fact, getting creative really upsets the doctors, so it’s highly discouraged. LOL

I’ll blow past those twenty years and two more marriages—the third one being the charm—and go straight to, eventually I could afford to follow my dream, and I knew my parents would want me to.

They passed away in 2001. So, Mr. Amazing pays the bills and I write. I never thought I’d be this happy.

Did you always want to be a writer?
No. I can’t believe I missed the clues. They were right in front of my face. I loved my creative writing class in high school and got an A. I kept a journal and crafted some really bad poetry.

Eventually I took a screen writing course, because Mr. Amazing is a neat freak and I thought it would be cleaner than painting. Ha. Little did I know... You should see my home office!

What kind of writer are you? Panser or Plotter?
Both. I usually pants the first three chapters, and by then I know my characters and can predict the ending I want. At that point I need a map to get there. So I stop and plot the rest, making sure I end with a super HEA.

Where do your ideas come from?
I blame Thalia—the muse of comedy.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
Oh, wow! Wait, that’s not part of it. I was just reacting to your question... Shoot. Now I only have about 20 characters left…

Darn, I’m out—

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I love to read other paranormal comedies, or anything with a big, sensuous, gushy romance. No tear-jerkers though.

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
Gone with the Wind. Yup. An oldie, but goodie. The book is huge, and the movie was too. I have to say, it did the book justice. Incredible cinematography, especially for its day, and the casting was spot-on. Today, they cut books to two hours max. I guess that’s all the attention span we have now.

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write? Why?
Love scenes. Keeping it fresh is the trick. How many ways can you write, tab A goes into slot B? LOL The characters and their individual reactions to it are the saving grace.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Dalton Diaz, Annette Blair and Nora LeDuc. Because they’re all friends of mine, they tell it like it is, and I wouldn’t have to worry about those embarrassing fan-girl moments.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
Always! Book 3 in the Boston Dragons series, and setting up a bridge to a whole new series that was just contracted! It’s a spin-off of book 2, My Wild Irish Dragon.

Readers…What’s your favorite type of humor? Banter? Sarcasm? Irony? Embarrassing situations? Slapstick? Wisecracks? Puns? Brash unexpected honesty? Double entendres? Insult humor? What?


THE HEAT IS ON

When Rory Arish and his two fiery dragon siblings are run out of their ancestral Irish home, it seems their luck has run out—until they arrive in Boston and find a paranormal-friendly apartment building. Finally, Rory has a place to call home. There’s only one problem: Rory’s new lair has simultaneously been rented to an infuriating woman who is as stubborn as she is beautiful and will not leave ‘her’ apartment matter how steamed he may be…

AND SPARKS FLY

Amber McNally is a down-on-her-luck flight attendant. She needs this apartment, and not even a fire-breathing dragon with his Irish charm and scorching good looks is going to scare her away. Holing up in their respective corners, a battle of wills ensues. Who will be the first to blink…or give in to their off-the-charts chemistry and decide to make this unorthodox living arrangement a little more permanent?

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  • 1 Print copy of I Dream of Dragons

To Enter:
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Good Luck!

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41 comments :

  1. My comedy depends on the situation and the people I am with. I use dry, witty, and droll intermittently.

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    1. I like that. Sometimes it goes over people's heads, but that makes it even better.

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  2. I enjoy banter and double entendres.

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    1. I like those too. Some authors do it really well.

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  3. Wisecracks , Sarcasm , pretty much all of it.
    Depending upon the book.

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  4. Wisecracks , Sarcasm , pretty much all of it.
    Depending upon the book.

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    1. Me too. I always have a snarky character that nobody can do anything about.

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  5. Thanks for the interview! I love sarcasm. :)

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  6. aaaaaaaaallll of it!!! LOL... I doo love witty sarcastic banter, but I'm not above a good slapstick :) congrats on the new release! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love all of it, as long as it is not hurtful.

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  8. Hey Ash! It's Mel. Nice to 'see' you here this fine morning. I like dry humor. My mom and hubby both have dry humor and crack me up all the time. Hope I'm the lucky winner! Kisses!

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  9. Hi Ash! I love sarcasm. Guess it's because I'm rather sarcastic ;).

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  10. I love pretty much any kind of humor except some slap stick and embarrassing situations. My least favorite movie of all time is Something About Mary. That movie was almost painful for me to watch and most of it was just NOT funny. Thanks for the giveaway, visit here and best wishes with the release! Yah DRAGONS!

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    1. I agree with you on the movie. Comedy sometimes goes too far. That one had the 'ick factor' for me.

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  11. I love it all as long as it's done in fun and doesn't really hurt the other person. Book sounds awesome. Thanks for the chance to win
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Agreed! Best of luck in the drawing. There are lots more in April (hint)

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  12. I like just about any kind of humor, but mostly I like it when a character doesn't take him or her self too seriously. It makes a character more likeable to me if he or she can laugh at themselves and life's absurdities.

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    1. I do that whenever possible. Laughing is very therapudic.

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  13. I love all of it but my favorite is a when a good witty banter gets going:)

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    1. It's a lot easier to keep it going in writing. In real life, I'm good for a bit of banter, but later I think, "Oh, I should have said this or that." Hindsight. LOL

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  14. I love witty banter. It just makes me laugh.

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    1. I always seem to have at least one character like that.

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  16. Embarrassing situations and double entendres

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    1. Fun, aren't they?
      And if you're not afraid to ask your friends to chicken dance at a wedding, why should you be worried about putting characters in embarrassing situations, right?

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  17. Pretty much all of it -- it all depends on the situation!

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    1. You're right. It's all up to the characters and what they're reacting to.

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  18. My favorite is witty and sarcastic banter. Ash you rock!!!

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  19. All kinds of humor are my kind of humor but witty, sarcastic people are my kind of people hehe

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  20. I love witty repartee - ie banter with humor.

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