For Black History month, Represent will be featuring one indie author every Tuesday this month! We hope you enjoy the features, learn about some new authors, and check out their books!
Introduce Yourself! Who are you, what do you write, what are some fun facts?
My name is Ashley Thompson and I was born and raised in Greensboro, NC. Where I currently reside with my husband and four children. As a young child, I always dreamed of writing. I finally decided to stop just dreaming and to pick up a pen and begin bringing life to my dreams.
Genre: Children Literature
Fun Fact: Fun fact is I have an embroidery company @embroideredbyshe
How did you start writing?
I started writing when I was a child around ten years old. I would start writing with the intent to write a book, and never finished them. But the love of books started then. I loved the ability to drift off into whatever world that I created through my words. As I got older I kept that same love to create life through words, but this time I finished the story!
What is your writing process like?
Free writing, it’s hard for me to have an outline or a prompt. But I love sitting down at the computer with my coffee and I then begin to write. I then go back and connect the dots to make sure it has a solid finish
What inspired you to write Lost in Dreams?
Covid had started and my kids and I were stuck in the house. A sense of isolation and detachment started to set in. I started to pay close attention to my children and they inspired me to write. I added a lot of their characteristics in my book and can be found in my character Abigail. After I wrote the book I sat on the book for almost 2 years before one day my eight year old Peighton had an assignment at school. And she listed me as her favorite author. I then took a step back and realized that my daughter was paying attention to me, and I had to publish this book!
Do you have any other books?
Currently working on new books!
Do any authors influence your writing?
I enjoy Valerie Thompkins, Aaliyah Wilson, and Sara Jakes Roberts.
What is your favorite piece of writing advice?
Writing is the ability to create, you can create whatever you want to create. It’s your world through your words.
How can people find you? Are you working on anything new?
I am currently working on a series of books built around my character Abigail. In these books I am encouraging children to dream. I am currently working on “Abigail Gets Lost on the Bus”. This book will be available summer 2022.
And to stay up to date with me and new releases please follow me @author.ashleyc