The Big Question that Started it All!

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Why don't you do more of what sets your soul on fire?

Such a simple question, yet this one question set me on the path I am on today. Granted I was headed here but I don’t deny that question got me here a lot faster.

We all have that one friend. You know who I mean, the one that always says things that hit you in the feels. She is that one friend that has the ability to make you feel loved and check your toes at the same time. 

I have friend like that. She tends to ask questions that make you go huh? Then that question builds over and over in your brain until you say wait what! 

That my friends is exactly how I got started down my author journey. 

I've always been a lover of books.

From early on I always had a love for books and reading.

Around fourth grade I fell out of love for it. I think it was because of the books but who knows.

In sixth grade we had to read “Where the Red Fern Grows” and that was the first time I cried while reading a book. A few years later in high school I picked up a random title at the book store it was Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan and feel in love with reading all over again.

At the time my local big book store didn’t have all the books in the series so I remember sending my dad to every local independent book store in the area. Luckily they had books 3,4, and 5. From then on I ready everything I could get my hands on.

Around high school I started having ideas for characters and stories but never put pen to paper. I just kept reading and sort of filed the stories away in my brain. 

My love for reading continued and eventually led me to join an ARC (Advance Read Copy) team through a group on Facebook. Through emailing the author my responses I got to see a glimpse into how normal she is.

Realizing that made me think, could I do this? I have always wanted to write but could I really write an entire book. I thought about it, then life happened and I filed it away as a dream.

After the birth of my daughter, I started reading twice as much as before.  However, the characters in my head just kept getting louder. I had thought about writing again but kept talking myself out of trying. 

The Lunch that Changed it All...

One day, over a year after having my little one I met that friend I mentioned before for lunch.

Out of the blue she asks me “Why don’t you do more of what makes you happy?” I honestly had no idea what to tell her. I think I said you’re right and then we changed the subject.

The whole way home her question turned over in my head.

Why wasn’t I doing more of what makes me happy?

For the whole weekend I thought about that, then Monday I journaled about it. Funny thing the journal prompt said,

“What sets your soul on fire?”

My journal session became an idea for a story which then turned into a four book series idea. 

Now here I am writing my first blog post on my author website. My first book will be releasing September of this year.

The rest are still a work in progress but I am excited to share that journey with all of you. 

Thank you to my dear friend that sparked my courage. 

You know who you are and I Love you!

Stay Naughty…

Ashley Kay

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