Ash Hosking is from the Gold Coast, Australia. An avid reader, admitted daydreamer and hopeless romantic, she lives with her sweet husband and adorable furbaby, Prim, who loves to snuggle on Ash’s lap to keep her from getting anything done.
She enjoys warm days at the beach, is addicted to Zarraffa’s mocha fusions and can never say no to a Tim Tam.
And the interview...
ME: What is your favorite childhood book?
ASH: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl is the one that stands out in my memory. I read that book so many times that my copy was such a mess.
ME: What is the first book that made you cry?
ASH: Again, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the first I can remember, his grandparents always hit me in the soft spot.
ME: Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?
ASH: No, I work in catering at GCPH.
ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it?
ASH: Yes. The people that matter are all super supportive.
ME: Do you believe in writer’s block? If not why not? And if so what suggestions do you have to start the juices flowing again.
ASH: That beast is real, let me tell you. There’s two ways to get through that wall, either smash through it with determination and soldier on, write anything and eventually your groove returns, or take a break and relax your busy mind. The best thing is to not stress about it, that only makes it stronger.
ME: True. So, are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?
ASH: A bit of both. I usually start with a plot outline, but then as the story progresses and I get to know the characters more, the story tends to go a different path than I had first pictured.
ME: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
ASH: Depends on what I’m researching. Google is my BFF most of the time, unless I know people with firsthand experience in what I’m looking in to.
ME: Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi book series with no true conclusion until the very end?
ASH: I’d say I like standalones with connections. So far even when I intend to write a standalone, side characters demand their own story to be told. I like being able to continue building on the story.
ME: Where do your story ideas come from?
ASH: Life. Everything around me can randomly inspire an idea that grows in my mind. Music, people watching, news, quotes, pictures.
ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?
ASH: Sure. I just go with whatever has inspired the idea of the story.
ME: Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?
ASH: All of my characters have a little piece of me, but no. None of them are based on me or my life.
ME: What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?
ASH: I don’t really have a process for picking names. Some just pop into my head as the character forms, others I pick from my notebook where I’ve written a list of names that have stuck out to me for one reason or another.
ME: Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?
ASH: Nate, From Drive Me Wild by far. He wasn’t so much a difficult character to create, but writing from his point of view in the first half of the book has been a challenge for sure.
ME: Have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books?
ASH: Haha, not yet.
ME: What was your hardest scene to write?
ASH: Probably Aela’s attack in Draw Me In. Putting myself in her shoes was hard for me to shake off once it was done.
ME: Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?
ASH: A bit of both. A great writing day can leave me feeling energized but mentally exhausted at the same time.
ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?
ASH: Tina Belcher for sure. Write whatever your weird little heart desires. Even if other people don’t get it, write it for you.
ME: Good call :) If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
ASH: Like Nike, just do it. ;-)
ME: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
ASH: Don’t listen to other’s negativity. And don’t devalue yourself. For example, the 99c thing! Don’t let anyone tell you, that if you choose to self-publish your work you should price it at less than a dollar simply because you’re a new author. I’ve seen that going around a LOT. Also, don’t think you’re going to make bank then get mad and rant on social media when it doesn’t happen. You won’t get anywhere making your readers feel bad.
ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
ASH: My Editor for sure.
ME: Thanks, Ash. We look forward to seeing you at RTC2018!