Monday, August 8, 2016

Summer Splash Book Blog Tour: Meet Ashley Nestler!

 Ashley Marie Nestler (A.M. Nestler) is the author of two novels, “Beautiful Nightmare” (a YA Dystopian), and “Into The Fog” (an epic fantasy). Her current literary fiction novel, “Behind Broken Glass Walls”, is set for release soon. She is also a professional book reviewer, and the owner/creator of the Go Indie Now! Bibliotherapy Box. This box is a monthly box featuring indie novels and a 4-D bookish experience meant to help give subscribers a monthly mental vacation. She currently resides
in Colorado, and is a social worker.

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1. What is your most recent book?

I currently have two novels out, one a YA Dystopian and the other Epic Fantasy. But currently I am working on publishing my most current work “Behind Broken Glass Walls” which is a literary fiction novel about a school shooting involving hate crimes.

2. Why do you think people would want to read it? What is its most compelling quality?

The most compelling quality about my writing is that it deeply involves the human experience, and how we all influence each other, as much as our experiences do.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

My favorite character that I have written is Lamia Hecate, the villain in my epic fantasy novel, “Into The Fog”. I love her because she is a character who has had terrible things to happen to her, and she covers that by putting on a terrible front. She does have a softer side, but she rarely lets it out. She uses her power over others to soothe her pain.

4. What is the hardest thing you have to do when you create a character and what’s the easiest?

Honestly, characters seem to come to me easily. I feel that over time they begin to form themselves and come into who they are meant to be. Perhaps the hardest part is making sure that you don’t have any errors when writing about your characters, such as saying that their eye color is blue when you said earlier in the novel that it was green.

5. How do you deal with writer's block?

When I have writer’s block I just let myself rest and don’t force myself to write. I go back to reading a lot, and then usually the words come back to me.

6. What is the one book that changed the way you write?

My current novel “Behind Broken Glass Walls” definitely changed the way that I write. I usually write fantasy and young adult, and it was very different for me to write from the perspective of an adult contemporary woman. However, I was able to examine the human experience further and make a story that was more realistic to everyday life.

7. What is the geekiest thing you've ever done?

The geekiest thing I have ever done? Probably going to all of the Twilight midnight release parties at Borders growing up.

8. What is one item on your Bucket List that you haven't completed yet?

The one item on my bucket list that I haven’t completed yet is meeting Jodi Picoult. She is my biggest influence as an author, and I would love to meet her in person.

9. If you could spend one week anywhere in the world, where would you go?

If I could spend one week anywhere it would be Paris. I have always wanted to go to Paris, it is my biggest dream.

10. What is your most prized possession?

My most prized possessions are all of my books. Without books, my soul would be nothing.

11. What is the best piece of advice you have been given in regards to your writing?

Don’t let your characters run away with your writing. In other words, don’t make your story too complicated.

12. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to write but doesn't know where to start?

Read, always read. Reading leads to writing, there is no other way.

Did you enjoy this interview? Did you have a question for Ashley about any of her works, the IndieGo crates, or about writing? Ask your question in the comments and I will pass it on to her! Meanwhile, check out my interview on Ashley's blog--Peachy Keen Book Reviews!

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