An interview with lovely author Trisha Ashley.
Trisha Ashley gave up her fascinating but time-consuming hobbies of house-moving and divorce a few years ago in order to settle in North Wales. She has had many part-time jobs over the years, but her current one as a seasonal worker for the National Trust neatly combines three of her greatest interests: historic houses, gardens and meeting people. She also paints, usually in oils and occasionally watercolours.
- Born with a pen in your hand or writing came as a shock brigade?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. I started getting poems published in the local paper when I was eleven and wrote my first (unpublished and unpublishable) novel at eighteen. I learned to touch-type at fifteen, and made the transition from typewriter to keyboard quite easily so that’s how I now work: directly onto the computer.
- How much does real life inspire or shape your writing?
I will often take an event that has happened to me, or that I have observed, and use it as a springboard to jump off in a different direction. Most writers play the ‘what if?’ game./ Indeed.
- Your favourite social network and why? How much time do you waste, sorry, spend on social networks?
I’m always popping into Facebook or Twitter. Susan Hill said recently that it was the equivalent of meeting round the water cooler and she is quite right. Authors generally work alone, so a quick chat with a friend from time to time is very refreshing.
- First person or third person? Present vs past tense? Love it, hate it
I love to write in first person, mostly past tense but slipping into first when she is ‘in the moment’. Only attempt a whole novel in first person present tense if you are quite sure you are as brilliant a writer as Sophie Kinsella.
I also love it that I can chat directly with my readers, wherever they are in the world. Because they love my books, I already know that they have a good sense of humour and we are going to get along fine. I don’t stop and work out what I’m posting up, so you get a short, sharp burst of unadulterated and unedited Trisha, typos and all.
- What would you like people to remember most about you?
That I was a good friend. And I like to think that my Cheshire Cat grin will be lingering in the air long after I am gone.
You can find me on Twitter at @trishaashley and I also have a Facebook fan page. Visit my website www.trishaashley.com to see my backlist, leave a message in my guest book, join my quarterly newsletter group or email me. You can also see me talking about books on Youtube!
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