Published by Self-Published on June 17th 2013
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Can reality TV handle a reluctant superhero bachelor, ten attention-seeking women, and one evil villain?
Dina Dell's career as a television producer has hit bottom. Desperate to save her job, she comes up with the idea for a reality show called I Want to Date a Superhero. But the only superhero bachelor she knows is the only man she's ever loved—Zane Blair.
Zane was once a normal human, but a traumatic childhood incident mutated him, along with Dina's sister and their friends. Dina was the only one who escaped without any superhero abilities. And while she might be the "normal" one, that only left her feeling like more of an outcast.
Her lack of powers put Zane in danger. Knowing that it was only a matter of time before someone used her to get to him, she left, breaking both their hearts in the process. After all the pain she caused him, will he be willing to help her now?
Then an old enemy emerges, putting Dina's plans on hold. When her superhero friends are the ones who need help, Dina just might learn that sometimes little Miss Average can be a hero too.
Liezel: First off, I wanted to say thank you so much for stopping by Liezel’s Book Blog for this interview. Do you mind telling us a little about yourself?
Ashlynn: I’m a working mom. I have two kids. My daughter turns twelve on July 12! My son is eight. I’ll be turning 35 in August. In October, I’ll celebrate my 15th wedding anniversary. It’s a busy year!
Liezel : It seems that you have been writing for a while and I want to know, amongst the 50 or so books that you have written which one is your favorite and why?
Ashlynn: That’s a tough question. Every new release feels like my favorite. Reality Hero and Given are my all time favorites. I wrote Reality Hero in 2009 and it’s been rewritten, expanded, and improved. This is one of my longest novels and I love the characters.
Liezel : Can you tell me how you choose the character names in your books?
Ashlynn: I steal them. I keep a notebook in my purse and every time I see or hear a cool name, I write it down.
Liezel: What is the most positive and unforgettable comment that you received from a fan?
Ashlynn: I have a fan who always buys my books on release day and she reads them right away and emails me to tell me what she liked about the book. It always surprises me when people tell me they like my books, but having someone who enjoys my books enough to keep buying them is incredibly emotionally rewarding. It’s wonderful to do something and know that someone appreciates the effort.
Liezel: Can you give me a brief description of your writing process?
Ashlynn: Chaotic. I have characters and snippets of stories that run through my brain all the time, sort of like channel surfing, and when one takes hold of my muse, I write it.
Liezel: Can you name another Indie author who inspires you and why they inspire you?
Ashlynn: Leanore Elliott and Olivia Starke both come to my mind. I love their books and I enjoy knowing them as people too.
Liezel: With all the writing that you do, do you still have time to read? If so what was your favorite read this year?
Ashlynn: I am reading Poppy’s Passion by Stephanie Beck. I’m looking forward to reading He Watches by Cynthia Sax soon. Every book is my favorite while I’m reading it.
Liezel: How did you come up with the unique concept for Reality Hero?
Ashlynn: I wrote this book to cheer myself up when I was done. I think that’s what gives the book such a unique flavor of humor mixed with darkness. The first scenes popped into my head when I saw my first reality show. The idea bounced around in my head for about a decade before I actually wrote the story.
Liezel: Can you tell me who your favorite superhero is and what characteristics make him or her your favorite?
Ashlynn: Captain America is my favorite superhero. He knows what it’s like to be the underdog and fights for what he believes and that makes him extra likable.
Liezel: If you were granted one super power, what would it be and how would do you intend to use it?
Ashlynn: I’d want the power to travel back in time and talk to people. I’d tell myself what mistakes not to make and save people.
Liezel: Are their specific actors that you see playing the roles of Zane, Ian and Dina?
Ashlynn: The rights are definitely open! My dream movie cast would be Channing Tatum to play Zane. Coincidently, I’d pick Ian Somerhalder to play Ian. Hillary Hindi, a young YouTube parody star, would be perfect to play Dina.
Liezel: What was the most challenging scene that you wrote in this story?
Ashlynn: This story really flowed for me. I cannot think of any particularly challenging scene.
Liezel: Can you tell us what you have planned for this series? How many books do you plan on writing? When we can expect the next one?
Ashlynn: I am going to write Ella and Caspian’s story. If my readers want more after that, I’ll write Bridget’s story too. I’m not sure when this will be available. That will depend on Beachwalk Press’s release schedule.
Liezel: Again, I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule for this and I am really looking forward to reading more of this series.
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