Interview & Contest: Avril Ashton

Jen: We are excited to have Avril Ashton as our guest today. Avril, will you please share a short bio with us?

Avril: Thank you for having me, Jen. I’m a Caribbean transplant, now living in Brooklyn, N.Y with my SO and almost seven year old daughter. My earliest memories of reading involve discussing plot points of The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew with my Mom. I decided to take my dreams of writing seriously in ’09 and never looked back.

Jen: Tell us about Make Me Sweat and where is can be purchased.

Avril: Sure…

Charged with planting a listening device in the office of a dangerous nightclub owner, Ever Marcille accepts an invite from her target to indulge in some naughty play. She didn’t count on their mutual, insatiable need, or the many ways his closely guarded secrets are intertwined with hers.

Undercover federal agent Simon Dakin has one thing on his mind, catching the arms dealer known as Ghost. That’s until he spies the mysterious woman at his bar. Time after time she comes in, teasing his senses. Starring in his fantasies. He promises himself one night with her in his arms, but a single taste isn’t possible. He’s hooked.

Even as their secrets intrude, Dak and Ever succumb to their desires. But time is running out. Secrets past and present must be revealed. Can their new-found feelings survive the many blows, or is this over before it even begins?

Make Me Sweat is an Interracial novella, an ARe Bestseller, and can be purchased through Evernight Publishing:

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Avril: I discovered writing in English class at about age ten, but reading pleased me more at that time. My first book was published in February of this year. My call story is really an email story and it’s rather short and boring: I emailed my submission at about 8 am and went back to sleep. Woke up at 11 am to find an acceptance with contract from eXtasy Books in my inbox. I looked at it and went back to sleep. We emailed back and forth when I woke up, ironing out some questions I had and then contract was signed and the ball was rolling. See? Short and boring.

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Avril: Sexy. Wicked. Different.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Avril: I’m a Pantser, I go with the flow. Plotting and outline doesn’t work for me, so I just sit at the computer with a clear mind and music in the background. Knock on wood, it’s worked so far.

Jen: What are your biggest motivations to write? What keeps you going?

Avril: Um, the crazy voices in my head? LOL nah, I’ve got stories to tell. Dunno if anyone wants to read them, all I know is nothing feels quite as right as writing. Reader feedback is always a rare bonus where I can’t believe someone actually read my stuff. That’s a treasured feeling.

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?

Avril: What doesn’t appeal? It’s romance. Love. Loss. Sex. Defeat. Triumph. The near misses, the ever-afters, and the stuff in between. I can lose myself between those pages and never regret it.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Avril: I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to dabble in whatever I feel like, so the genres I’ve wanted to write in have been crossed off my list namely: M/M, F/F, Paranormal/Shifter. Those are my faves—to read and write—nothing else comes to mind at present.

Jen: If Make Me Sweat was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Avril: Kerry Washington as Ever, my heroine, and Alex O’Loughlin as Simon, my hero.

Jen: Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?

Avril: Eat. Or buy more books. Always.

Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished this, is there something else you dream of doing?

Avril: Continuing to do this till I’m old and very gray, at which point I’ll dye my hair and pay someone to type for me while I dictate from my chaise lounge with a drink in my hand and a cigarette dangling from my lips LOL

Jen: What’s next for you?

Avril: More writing. As of now, I’ve got two releases slated for October: My first Para/shifter Till Abandon, bk#1 in the PSC series with Total-E-Bound, and my first M/M short story Dulce in a Manlove Halloween anthology with Evernight Publishing. In between those, I’m still writing, writing.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Avril: My website: My blog Twitter: @AvrilAsh

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Avril: What genres are you tired of seeing? And conversely, what genres do you wish you’d see more of?

Contest details:

  • The prize is ebook choice of Avril’s backlist.
  • The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18.
  • You must leave a comment for entry.
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  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Wednesday, August 10.

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