Saturday, April 19, 2014

Collide by Ashley Stambaugh: Interview



Welcome Ashley! Thanks for taking time out and answering a few questions for me.   I am so happy to have you visit!  I want to say, too, that I LOVE the cover of this book.

 When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I don’t have much time to write during the day, so I write at night after my children are in bed.  The amount of time I spend writing each day varies, depending on what else I may have going on, but I do try to write every day.

Plotter or Pantser? Why?

I guess I’m a bit of both.  I plot out the basics of the storyline – the event that happens in the beginning to get the whole story going, the big twist, and the conclusion.  But the events that happen between all of those that link them all together, I just make those up as I go.  

How do you react to a bad review of your book?

I’ve tried to stay away from reading reviews, but when I was in the querying stage, I did receive some critical feedback.  It hurt at first, but instead of allowing myself to become defensive, I used it to better my manuscript.


Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

The main character in Collide isn’t an angel or a demon, or a human who falls in love with an angel or a demon.  She’s a unique human who can absorb angel powers, so it’s a new spin on the typical angel and demon story lines that are out there.

You just won a huge lottery. What is the first thing you'll buy?

A bigger house out in the country.  My husband and I both grew up in country settings, and right now we live in town, so we’re dying to get back out there.  We also have two young boys, so more room for them and their toys would be great!  I currently feel like trucks, trains, balls, and blocks are the new decor in my house.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Being able to bring to life what I believe is a great story with unforgettable characters for readers to enjoy.  That’s the most rewarding to me because it’s what I want most out of this experience – for readers to enjoy my stories.
Melina Rowe never thought her quiet, simple life could change to one full of fear and confusion just by accidentally bumping into someone. But after she collides with an elderly man named Walter, she starts to hear people’s thoughts and have unsettling visions.

Walter reveals himself as a guiding angel and explains to Melina that she’s a rare type of human who can absorb angel powers. But her special ability is more of a problem for her than a gift.

The powers are too strong for humans and will eventually kill Melina unless she can successfully use them to help a select individual who’s in need of guidance. Her chances are slim, though, seeing that the handful of other humans this has happened to before didn't survive.

Scared for her life, Melina desperately tries to help a young man named Lee, but his continual resistance and her struggle with the powers make it almost impossible. Her situation only grows worse when a trio of soul-snatching demons is sent by an unknown entity to take her soul and kill her.

As a determined Walter sets out to discover who sent the demons and why, Melina must defend herself from their relentless attacks all while trying to use powers she doesn’t fully understand to help someone who doesn’t want to be helped. If she can’t figure out how to break through to Lee, the powers will ultimately destroy her. But if the powers don’t kill her first, the demons will.

Ashley Stambaugh grew up in a small town in Illinois where she and her two siblings created some of the best memories playing on their family’s farm. She stayed in the southern region of the state to attend college where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and also met her husband.
Now, she and her husband live in central Illinois and spend their time creating new memories with their two rambunctious boys and their comical black Pug. She also enjoys reading, taking long walks, and finding great bargains. When her sons are a little bit older, she has a great desire to travel with her family. Oh, and she also has a slight obsession with chocolate.

When she’s not busy chasing after her two young children or losing herself in a good book, you can find her curled up on her couch with her laptop, writing.
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1 comment:

Ashley said...

Thank you for having me here today!