Ash Krafton writes from the heart…of the Pennsylvania coal region, that is.
She is the author of the Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press).
BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1) is a six-time RWA finalist and was voted "Reviewer Top Pick" by Gravetells.com. Ash continues the story of Sophie and her Demivampires in her latest release BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2). She's hard at work (when she isn't watching Doctor Who) writing the third book, WOLF'S BANE.
Ash Krafton's poetry and short fiction has appeared in several journals, including Niteblade, Bete Noire, Abandoned Towers, and Silver Blade. She's a member of Pennwriters, RWA, and Maryland Writers Association. She lurks near her blog and contributes to the QueryTracker blog.
Ash lives with her family and their German Shepherd dog deep in the Pennsylvania wilds, awaiting the day the TARDIS appears in the driveway (the dog most likely keeps the Doctor away. What a beast.)
Until then, she writes.
Find Ash at:
The Demimonde blog
Sophie doesn't believe in happily ever after. These days, she'd settle for alive after sunrise.
Advice columnist and newly-appointed oracle to the demivampire, Sophie Galen has more issues than a Cosmo collection: a new mentor with a mean streak, a werewolf stalker she can't shake, and a relationship with her ex's family that redefines the term complicated. And then there's her ex himself, who is more interested in playing leader of the vampire pack than in his own salvation.
Becoming a better oracle is tough enough, but when Sophie encounters a deadly enemy - one she never dreamed of facing - it will take everything she's ever learned in order to survive.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A) This book is the second in a series so, technically, the first book inspired it. : ) The first book was inspired by a dream I once had; this book was inspired by the characters themselves. Very convenient, wouldn't you say?
Q) How long did it take you to write?
A) This story was written in two stages. The first stage, which involved about 75% of the book was actually penned simultaneously to the first book (Bleeding Hearts). As I edited book one, queried agents, and sent out to contests, I would dash over to book two to write the continuation. It's hard to say exactly how long that stage took, but if I had to guess I would say about a year. The second stage, and remaining 25%, took four weeks. That was because I had a contract and a deadline. It's quite a motivator.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
A) My favorite thing is the complete autonomy I have. My worlds, my creations, my rules. I feel absolutely limitless. Every once in a while a character will try to have their own way but, in the end, I'm the one at the keyboard.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
A) Not having enough time to do it. I'm a full-time pharmacist and over-time mom--lots of hands on my time.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A) Billie Piper, because she got to be the Companion of not one but TWO Doctors. I'm a huge Doctor Who fan and I personally believe Billie Piper is the luckiest woman on the planet. Catherine Tate is a close second because not only was her Companion Donna truly noble, but also because I love the Catherine Tate Show. Her Jumpy Margaret sketches are sheer brilliance.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A) Homemade grape juice. I pick grapes at my Pap's house and jar the juice myself. The jar in there is still sealed--so it's perfectly okay to drink--but the label on it says 2006 and my daughter isn't willing to give it a try. It's like wine without the alcohol, I tell her. I WAS SIX, MOM she yells back. Eighth graders are so moody.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A) The third book in the Demimonde series, WOLF'S BANE, is due out in 2014. Once that is completed, I'll be getting back to work on my paranormal romance WORDS THAT BIND. I'd like to do another novella for The Wild Rose Press, and I'm kicking around two ideas for that project. Other novels in the work include two New Adult stories TAKIN' IT BACK and FACE OF THE ENEMY. Who knows what else will come up between now and then?
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