Please make welcome the lovely Ashley York today! You’re in for a treat with this interview, since Ashley will be sharing the cover for her upcoming release, The Seventh Son! And don’t forget to take a peek at her latest book, The Irish Warrior!
I’m serving mead and cinnamon cake, so grab your favorite beverage and get comfy…
MM: Welcome, Ashley! So happy you could join us today. Describe a typical writing day. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night-owl writer?
AY: I was told that walking was a good way to get your brain working before writing so, except during extreme weather conditions (and I live in New England so I do get that), I try to take a two mile walk. The only problem with a regular two mile walk is that your body gets used to it and pretty soon you have to increase the length for it to have the same effect. I am a morning person. More specifically, I’m a sunrise person so winters are tough for me because the sunrise takes so long. We’re at 7:15 right now. Yeesh! If I try to start working at 7 am, I’m going to have trouble until the sunrise is a more decent 5:00 🙂
My routine is that I have to take care of the animals first. Then I grab my glass of water, fresh coffee, low-fat cottage cheese and an apple before heading up to my office upstairs. I go through social media and emails but have found I can lose a lot of time with that so now I limit it to an hour. If it’s not done in an hour, it will have to wait. At least that’s what I try to do but some of you may know I also do my Lumosity in the morning. In theory it takes about ten minutes but I always do Train of Thought game. As long as I can get all but two correct, I’m happy. That can take awhile.
MM: Love meeting another early riser! An hour sounds perfect for social media and emails, so I think I’ll have to stick to your thought process regarding this rule. Can you tell us about your current work-in-progress?
AY: My current WIP is The Seventh Son. It takes place in medieval Ireland after the Battle of Clontarf. This is the fourth book in the Norman Conquest series and I’ve included Peter and Brighit (The Gentle Knight), Sean and Thomasina (The Irish Warrior) and others. They’re integral to the plot which takes a lot of planning. Mort has been in all four of the books. My readers enjoy the secondary characters so I like to have them carry through more than one book.
I enjoy research and the more recent archeological digs from early Viking settlements in Ireland has made my creation process really fun. I love creating characters but I strive to make the world’s they live in truly reflect their world view. I have a lot of fun with that.
MM: What a stunning cover, Ashley! I love how you’re incorporating the other characters from your previous books into this story. As for research, I’m a huge fan! What inspires you when you’re writing?
AY: Research inspires me because it is so fascinating. I know you listen to music while you write, Mary, and I think that’s really neat but I can’t listen to music passively. Listening to music is a brain activity for me: the words, the instruments, the emotions. They all demand my attention. I write in a quiet place with my dog by my side.
MM: Each person is different when it comes to inspiration, Ashley, and I find your way very unique. What’s your favorite item on your writing desk?
AY: My desk is a total mess right now. On the wall behind my computer is my huge map of Scotland, Ireland, and England. This is my reference map. I have certain areas marked. I’d say that’s my favorite thing.
MM: Ooo…would love to see your map. A treasure! Now for fun, do you prefer…
Champagne or Beer? Champagne now because I pop open a bottle when I finish a book
Southern drawl or Scottish burr? Scottish burr
Kilt or Leather pants? Kilt!!!
Print book or e-reader? Print book
What a wonderful chat, Ashley! Thanks so much and wishing you all the best!
Here’s where you can find Ashley:
Aside from two years spent in the wilds of the Colorado mountains, Ashley York is a proud life-long New Englander and a hardcore romantic. She has an MA in History which brings with it, through many years of research, a love for primary documents and the smell of musty old libraries. With her author’s imagination, she likes to write about people who could have lived alongside those well-known giants from the past.
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Outcast and alone, Thomasina MacDonell is hell bent on finding her brother, the only person who can thwart their father’s latest scheme to offer her as payment for his gambling debts. Disguised as a lad, she defiantly sets off on foot to locate him—never expecting to find a handsome, Irish warrior riding her beloved horse. The warrior’s offer of help and unsolicited advice on how to be manlier sparks an intimate desire to reveal her more feminine side.
Rejected by the love of his life, Sean O’Cisoghe wants simply to return home and heal his broken heart. When a young “lad” steals the horse out from under him, he discerns the spirited woman may be in way over her head against her ruthless father. Finding her brother while keeping her would-be betrothed at bay, Sean must confront the fact that Thomasina has stolen his heart. Will Norman soldiers out for his blood and shifting clan alliances cut short their growing passion?