Sunday, December 18, 2011

Welcome Ashley Fontainne!

Please welcome Ashley Fontainne to As the Crowe Flies!

Please tell me about your book.
Accountable to None is a classic tale of revenge with a modern twist.  Full of suspense and intrigue, you journey with the heroine, Audra Tanner, as she seeks out and finds personal justice against everyone that has hurt her.
When and why did you start writing?
Every since I was young, I found solace in writing, mostly through poems and short stories.  These, of course, were only shared with friends and family members.  However, after taking a Creative Writing course in college, I found my passion!
What inspires you?
Human behavior, good and bad, when faced with monumental decisions.
Are you working on anything now?
Yes, I am currently working on the sequel to Accountable to None, entitled “Zero Balance.”  It begins nine months later where Accountable to None left off.
Is there anything you do NOT like about being a writer?
The only wish I have right now is that it could be my fulltime career!
What do you think of the ebook revolution?
It has been a wonderful journey for me!  Initially, I went the traditional route and sent out dozens of query letters to literary agents and publishing houses and grew tired of the cookie-cutter rejections, so I did a bit of research into Amazon’s Kindle publishing program and decided to try that route.  That was in April of 2011 and since then, I signed with World Castle Publishing.  Accountable to None will be re-released in paperback in 2012 worldwide through them.
How do you see your writing career in five years?
In five years, I hope to be a household name!
Is there anything you will NOT write about?
I enjoy reading suspense/thriller novels, which is probably why I tend to write that way.  The only genre I don’t see myself ever penning a novel in is SciFi.

Please tell us about any ups and downs in your writing career so far.
Writing the novel was the easy part.  Marketing it, not so much.  That has proven to be my biggest challenge as I still hold a fulltime job and attend college fulltime.  My poor husband (bless his soul, he is a Godsend!) must watch me Tweet, Blog and Facebook at night!
Do you have any suggestions to people who might be considering writing as a career?
If writing is your passion, then DO IT!  Don’t let the big publishing houses drag you down.  In today’s world through the ebook revolution, you can do it on your own! 

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