Friday, May 19, 2017

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Author Ashlyn Mathews

Today I’m interviewing author Ashlyn Mathews. Her  book, STAY was released on April 25. Authors appreciate help getting out the word, so please leave a comment and share via Facebook, Twitter, etc. Ashlyn, please tell my readers a little bit about your book.

Ashlyn- STAY is a short contemporary romance about a woman who loses pieces of her memories after an assault and the mysterious man who intrigues her with his familiar eyes and sizzling words.

Nancy- Is this the only genre you write in?

Ashlyn- STAY is a contemporary romance. I also write steamy paranormal romances, too.

Nancy- Steamy? Yum! When did you start writing toward publication?

Ashlyn- My writing journey began in 2010 after I took my kids to see the Disney movie, Tangled. For some reason, that movie inspired me to find my muse.

Nancy- I love that movie! Did you have several manuscripts finished before you sold? If so, did you send them out yourself?

Ashlyn- I had one manuscript done by 2011 and sold the book to a publisher later that year.

Nancy- Why have you become a published author?

Ashlyn- I became a published author because I can’t quiet the voices in my head, lol. After being a voracious reader of romance since I was a teenager (yes, I snuck out of the house and holed myself at the local library for hours), I decided I wanted to write and share my angsty stories of second chance love and fated love. Those are my two favorite romance tropes to read and write about.

Nancy- What is your writing routine like?

Ashlyn- I work full time and am going to school full time for my Bachelor’s degree, so any chance I get, I sit my butt down and write. After I’m done, I send the document to my Kindle and read and edit. I’m constantly editing.

Nancy- editing is the key. After the book is ready, what sort of promo do you do? Do you have help?

Ashlyn- I don’t do much promo unless I have a new book out. I don’t have help but I do use the book services out there that helps authors promote new releases or a book priced at a bargain.

Nancy- Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?

Ashlyn- My most rewarding thing is to finish a book and sharing the stories with readers.

Nancy- Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?

Ashlyn- I say to keep writing and to listen to the muse in their heads. I let a story settle for a while and come back to it later when I’m frustrated. Eventually as I write, the message of the story comes to me. It can be a lonely and frustrating process but well worth it. And of course, take the time to enjoy life. It will show in your writing process.

Nancy- Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.

I love roses and won a couple of ribbons for best show at my employers’ flower contest.
2) I was quite the athlete in school-softball, tennis, basketball and track.
3) I listen to music all day long, whether I’m at work, in the car or cooking.

Nancy- What’s next for you?

Ashlyn- I have a paranormal romance releasing in 10 days. And I’m currently working on another contemporary romance about second chance love titled, Love, Actually, Red Meets Blue.

My heart matters. I don't want a broken heart. The whole of me is already broken.

After losing pieces of my memory in a brutal assault, I know better than to get involved with the new guy in the building. Brooks Hunter is dangerously sexy with his piercing gaze and ripped body beneath his well-fitted suit.

He can have any woman, yet he wants me. I don't deny our instant spark, but I can't understand his attraction. I'm plain and skinny, wear ugly owl glasses and my monotone black hair is piled high on top of my head.

"Invite me in. Otherwise, I can't stay."

He says we know one another. I swear I've never met him. A woman can't forget his type of sexy--mouthwatering and panty-melting hot. But his eyes are familiar, and I can't shake the suspicion he had something to do with my assault.

When he reveals the unbelievable truth behind the story of how we're connected, he rocks the very foundation of my safe world. Will I demand he takes a much-deserved hike? Or will I ask him... to stay?

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A writer of angsty and dark romances, Ashlyn Mathews likes to incorporate various weapons into her stories and gives her characters out-of-this-world names just because she can. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four boys. Connect with Ashlyn Mathews here:


  1. I am so happy to have Ashlyn Mathews visiting with us.

    1. Thank you so much for having me on your blog Nancy!