Ashley Earley

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Young adult & horror writer. proud dog mama, hufflepuff, lover of popcorn, all things chocolate & true crime

Frequently Asked Questions

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?

  • I can either be found reading, hiking, cooking, watching true crime documentaries, obsessing over a book character, or spending time with friends, family, and/or my dog.

How do you discover the books you read?

  • Either through recommendations from friends or my obsession with GoodReads. I'm always looking for my next favorite book if I'm not writing.

What do you read for pleasure?

  • Lots and lots of young adult and new adult books of different genres.

What is your writing process?

  • My writing process is pretty simple. I'm a pantser (not a plotter) so I almost never outline a book before I start writing. I usually have dozens of ideas written out and I figure out how things are going to unfold as the story does. I try to write every day, and while that can be difficult sometimes, I think it's healthy to make time for it. I usually fix myself a cup of tea and plop myself down somewhere comfy with the goal of writing 1,000 words.

How do you deal with writer's block?

  • My answer to this has changed frequently throughout the years. I don't like to force my writing, but sometimes, that's all you can do. There are times where I really don't have the motivation to write, but to remove any writer's block I may have, I've found that forcing myself to get words on the page is the only way to combat it. If I'm stuck, I usually crank my music up and sit at my computer until I find a way to get ink on the page (or type whatever on a blank document). Looking through any notes I have can trigger my brain to work, or even going on a walk to contemplate my next steps. I've found that thinking about what I want from scenes and what I want to have happen afterward can propel things forward some days.

What's the best thing about being a writer?

  • The best thing about being a writer is the ability to create another reality that I can fall into. I can disappear into another world and be another person—usually fierce and strong female characters who wield badass weapons. Being a writer gives me the excuse to drink coffee all day, every day; no matter what time it is.

What are you currently working on?

  • Right now, I'm working on an adult horror novel! I'm constantly posting pictures of my writing projects on Instagram (@ashley_earley). You can find character aesthetics, inspiring posts, and more info there!