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Issues

Does your writing ever take you to unpredictable and eventually dark places? My novel that I keep taking out and putting away, certainly does. It deals with heavy issues like child abuse, incest, domestic violence and emotional abuse.

These are topics that should come out and be in the light and indeed; these days increasingly, they are, through case after case. Those that suffer from any form of abuse, can find themselves being triggered and for that I apologize as an author. The story of Yolanda, however, like that of other teens, needs to be told.

With a survival story there are bright moments. As you read, Yolanda is maneuvering out of abuse and the violence she witnesses, in an effort to find the light. This is similar to the journey of some survivors. Still, as I hold Yolanda's hand and go on this journey with her as her #novelist, I can't help but have a heavy heart.

                                         photo by Roberto-Gomez-Angel from Upsplash

I notice that despit…

The Long and Winding Road to Making a Novel

Many of you who visit this blog frequently know that I have had a long and winding road with my fiction and creative nonfiction. I'm working on a book now, set in the magical South Jersey Pine Barrens that started ten years ago as a memoir. I believe fiction allows me to spread my wings and take magical liberties so although it may be based on a true story, it is a work of fiction.

                                                       Photo by Jon Tyson on Upsplash

This book has a thick road behind it littered with rejection letters from agents and publishers. It has also gotten some very promising remarks from agents and some publishers have expressed serious interest in publishing it. It has had deals but they weren't right. As it's my baby, my story in so many different ways, I take the rejections to heart and on the other hand, I deeply appreciate those who "get" the novel.


                                                      Photo by Dustin Lee on Upsplash

Connections & Callings Event

I am honored to have been granted an Artist Residency at The Residency Project in Pasadena. There I will have the opportunity to paint en plein air, as well as in the studio. In late summer, I intend to explore the colors, forms, shapes and natural light, particular to Pasadena and the San Gabriels environment. Midway during the residency, you’re invited to come see first hand how the work is developing. I will speak about my writing and art, as well as sign copies of “Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones,” and the newly released, “365 Days of Hoodoo,” and the volume to which I contributed “Llewellyn Spell-Day.”
This will be a welcoming event that includes mandala-making, poetry reading and sharing conversation over herbal tea.
See you there! Ashe