An Arrangement of Words

Hello, friends! Welcome to this little website of mine. I hope you like it here! As this is my first time blogging on my ‘official author website’, I thought I would share with you a little secret to break the ice–how I came to love writing.

By people that know me well, I’ve been described to have a freight train personality. I get an idea in my head, a new goal I want to pursue, and I won’t stop until it’s done. This can be good or bad. I love something for a while, work hard for it, then decide to pursue something new, something I’m sure I’ll love more. Some examples of this include: hand-making hundreds of hair accessories, certain I’ll own a boutique one day, speed-teaching myself the guitar and trying to learn every Taylor Swift song, and starting my own home-run cupcake business.

But the writing came later. The only writing I ever did was for school assignments, tedious and obligatory, no creativity involved. My sophomore year in high school, I had an English teacher who appreciated words for more than their precision and grammatical accuracy, but for their potential. My assignments came back with more than red marks and lost points. There were notes of encouragement and praise, and for the first time I looked forward to writing, and those were just the essays and book reports. She assigned a creative writing paper to the class, and my topic was ‘Dating Don’ts For Guys’. I shudder to read it now, my short story involving a dandruff plagued young man who slurped spaghetti and scratched with his fork, but it was the most fun I’d had with homework ever.

At this point, I knew I liked to write, but I didn’t know what I liked to write. As a hopeless romantic, I knew if I ever wrote a book, it would be a romance, but it wasn’t until I fell in love with the Regency period that I started crafting a plot and characters, and I really lost myself in the story that existed only in my head. I researched, read, and studied by way of Wikipedia, Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, and the amazingly cheesy movie adaptations. By the time I started writing my story, I was convinced I was born at the wrong time. I wanted to live in the Regency period. I wanted to experience the proper conversation, the balls, and walk the lush gardens of a country estate with a parasol. My story became a dream, and then my dream became the story.

After a year and a half of hitting the backspace button and staring at a blinking cursor, I was finished. In the beginning, I wrote it for me. But as my characters became so real, and their lives became such a part of my heart, I wanted them to exist somewhere else–somewhere that wasn’t just my imagination and a computer screen. Cedar Fort publishing was kind enough to give my story a chance to be loved and read by all of you.

So now I offer you the chance to live in the Regency period for a number of pages, fall in love with the dashing Owen Kellaway, and hopefully enjoy the arrangement of words I prepared for you.

DECEMBER 2016 here we come!

2 Comment

  1. Great writing, Ashtyn! Can’t wait to read the book.

  2. Greg Atwood says: Reply

    If the writing is half as good as your cupcakes I will be hooked. Can’t wait to read it.

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