Author Interview: Q & A with Ashley Laino
Why did you start writing? Was there a specific moment where you decided to put pen to paper or words to a screen?
I’ve always been a very active reader and I’ve always had a lot of ideas for stories in my head, but it wasn’t until I was an adult when I finally decided to put pen to paper.
What has been your hardest challenge this year?
I think the lack of control has been a struggle. Also, I think there is such a thing as too much time to think, and while trapped in quarantine that has definitely been an issue.
The book market has never been so tough as it is now. What advice would you give to aspiring authors to stand out from the crowd?
Well, it’s always a challenge, but I think keeping your eye on social media for opportunities is always a great way to try and gain some traction for your work. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to your local bookstores for signing opportunities.
What’s been your favourite book that you’ve read this year?
There have been some really great ones, but “Girls with Sharp Sticks” really stands out to me. The cover is stunning and the plot is very dystopian and well-paced.
Other than your own, which BLKDOG title would you recommend?
I have enjoyed a lot of them, but Daisy Chains was a real stand out for me.
A mystery basket turns up on your doorstep. Would you prefer it contained a dog or a cat?
Well, I already have a few cats, so why not add another one to the mix, though to be fair, I do love all animals.
Do you have a book in your mind that you know you’ll probably never actually write?
I never want to say never, but I have an idea for an Epic Fantasy story, but I know it will take a lot of time to write, and I need to build the courage for that.
Which famous author do you most admire?
I love a lot of authors, but I really enjoy Gillian Flynn’s work. I think she does such a great job creating voice for her characters. They always feel so real and raw, which is something I hope to accomplish with my writing.
Which book have you read which you feel deserves much more acclaim that it has received?
“A Great and Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray. It’s a beautiful YA story with some very strong feminist undertones. The imagery is well done, and it’s a fun mix of Historical Fiction and Fantasy.
One of your books suddenly sells a million copies, how do you react?
I’m a crier. So I definitely would bawl. Then I would call my friends and family.
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Ashley Laino has currently resides in Bangor, Pennsylvania with her husband and two adorable cats. Her other works include the psychological thriller “Forgotten Toys.” When she is not writing, she enjoys running, reading, and watching weird documentaries on Netflix.
Ashley Laino is the author of A Storm of Magic. For more information on this title or to purchase a copy click here.