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Ashlyn Chase: Why do people think I don't work?
Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Welcome guest blogger, Ashlyn Chase! ~DD

Why do people think I “don’t work?” Not readers or writers. I mean the people in my life. My husband, in-laws, friends…

Heck…I’ve been busy! I had three releases in September. One free short story for the Ellora’s Cave website, one for their fundraiser, and a Total-e-Bound novella, which is the only one that will put bread on the table. It’s called Oh My God and is an erotic comedy about the Greek God Dionysus. It was nominated for a CAPA and an Eppie award and is still one of my personal favorites. The cover is so spectacular, readers have told me their first words are the same as the title: Oh. My. God!

During that time, I was working on edits for my first mass market paperback which is being released in June by Sourcebooks. I’m happy to say it’s off to copyediting and proofreading now, and I’m very proud of it. I can’t wait to share it with the world!

For several weeks now, I’ve been writing its sequel. I’m under contract for a series of three books. It’s known as the “Strange series.” LOL. Book one is called Strange Neighbors and it’s a light urban fantasy set in an apartment building populated with paranormal misfits. The second one, which I’m working on now is Strange Bedfellows. By the time the third one rolls around, I hope to have another Strange title. I’ve never written books this long before (90,000 words) and it’s quite a challenge.

Sometime during the summer, I was asked to participate in a themed series with three other authors. It’s like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, except with older women and a pair of red stilettos! I couldn’t resist! I got became especially excited about it when the awesome and talented Delilah Devlin signed on!

Our proposal was approved, so I wrote that “in my spare time.” Now I need to submit it to my editor when the others are ready. I read Delilah’s story and looooved it! I think the series will be titled Red Stilettos, but that isn’t written in stone yet.

My next release will be coming from Total-e-Bound in December. It’s a novella called Green Card. It’s not my usual erotic comedy, but it’s a hot Rubinesque contemporary. It’s about a recent immigrant, Katia, trying to make some extra cash as a life model to send to her family back home.

The cover is so beautiful, I had to keep it even though the woman in the picture is fair and thin and my heroine in the story is dark and on the chubby side. But she’s the perfect inspiration for the hero who prefers to draw voluptuous women in his sensuous artistic style. He makes her feel special and perfect just the way she is. I like a man who can see past superficial “flaws” and find the beauty within.

So, yeah, I don’t work at all. I just lie around the house all day eating bon-bons, and if I feel like doing a little housework, well good for me. LOL.

4 comments to “Ashlyn Chase: Why do people think I don't work?”

  1. Lisa J
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      · December 20th, 2009 at 11:17 am · Link

    Oh, I’ve been eyeing this one at TEB. I’m going to pick it up tomorrow with a couple of other books that come out on Monday.



  2. Fedora
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      · December 21st, 2009 at 2:41 am · Link

    Ashlyn, I think writers and moms have that in common–we clearly spend our days lounging about in our jammies, watching daytime soaps, and eating bonbons by the case… And God help you if you’re a writer *and* a mom… ;) Congrats on your latest! At least some of us appreciate the results of your efforts!



  3. Delilah Devlin
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      · December 21st, 2009 at 5:38 am · Link

    On the other side, we do have a great job. We can roll out of bed in our jammies and just show up. It would be nice, however, if others respected our efforts, even though we look like we aren’t doing much at all. :roll:



  4. Fedora
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      · December 21st, 2009 at 2:26 pm · Link

    Very true, DD! I seem to tend toward these unsung kind of jobs; I was an editor for a children’s software company before, and am very familiar with the whole, “hey, what do you do anyway? why do you need to be in the loop?” mentality… Oh well! :)