Welcome! Ashlee Willis author of The Word Changers has come for a visit!

Welcome to my blog Ashlee! It’s so good to have you visit with me today.

Ashlee and I connected when “The Word Changers,” was new. I was privileged to receive an ARC of the book to read and review. Good story! Ashlee provided me with this great cover picture of her book and you can find Ashlee at:

http://www.ashleewillisauthor.wordpress.com

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1.) How long have you been blogging and why do you blog?

Answer: I began blogging just over a year ago.I knew that, as someone who had just landed a publishing contract, I would need to have my name and my book “out there” before the book was ever published. But even though it began as almost a duty, I no longer do it for that reason – I truly love being able to connect in a more personal way with readers and fellow writers. I’ve made so many friendships with fellow bloggers and with people who have stumbled across my blog (or I theirs!) It’s been a great first year of blogging, and I hope for even better ones in the future!

2.) What is your favorite genre?

Answer: Fantasy is, without a doubt, the closest to my heart. However, I grew up reading the classics, which I adored, and then fell into historical fiction with a passion. I still can’t resist a good historical fiction novel, especially if it’s set in England or France. When my brain needs a break from heavier stuff, I grab a cozy mystery.

3.) Who is your favorite author, if you want to name more than one?

Answer: Oh! I think I’d have to name more than one really! At the top of the list, though, is C.S. Lewis. He doesn’t hold that place for any wonderful or lyrical style of writing, but purely because his heart for God showed through everything he wrote (non-fiction as well). The fact that he created Narnia, my favorite fantasy world, definitely helps! Other favorites include Charlotte Bronte, Richard Llewellyn, India Edghill, Elizabeth Peters, Mary Stewart, Juliet Marillier, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Meredith Ann Pierce, J.R.R. Tolkien.

4.) You are going to meet your favorite fictional character at a local coffee shop. You can visit with this fictional character for one hour. Who are you going to meet and why? What are you going to talk about?

Answer: Oh my, what a wonderful question! Again, I’m not sure I could choose an absolute favorite; there are simply too many. However, I would love to sit and talk to Frodo Baggins. I’m always fascinated by simple people (Hobbits included, of course!) who must find the courage they didn’t know they had. In the real world, not many people are up to that task – even the ones you THINK would be brave. Yet it’s fascinating and inspiring to come across someone who has a strength you’d never suspect and that’s exactly the type of person Frodo was. While I’m sure we’d talk about things like life and death and heartbreak and sorrow and strength and hope . . . I’d also like to simply ask him what his life was like growing up in the Shire. Maybe I’d even be bold enough to ask him to teach me the steps to a Hobbit jig!

5.) If you could live inside a fictional story, which book would you live in and why?

Answer: The Chronicles of Narnia! Ok, so that’s seven books – but they all center around the same world. Narnia is where I would want to live, no question. It’s beautiful, it’s full of adventure, it’s magical and it has held a place in my heart since I was a child and read the books for the first time. There are other fictional worlds that I would love to visit, of course, but if I had to live in one, Narnia is the indisputable answer.

6.) Has a book ever inspired you? What book? How did it inspire you?

Answer: Many books have inspired me for many different reasons. One that I have considered a favorite for years is How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn. I read it when I was about 14, I believe, and I felt as if I had been struck. The story itself is a good one, but it was Llewellyn’s use of language that inspired me. It’s so beautiful that it’s almost like music or poetry. I had never been brought to tears before simply by the WAY something was being said – but in this book, I was, multiple times. I think that was when I woke up to the idea that stories can be good in and of themselves, but they can also be TOLD in beautiful ways. It was extremely eye-opening, realizing the sheer power words can have, if used in the right way.

7.) If you could travel anywhere in the world – no cost to you – one location, where would you go and why?

Answer: Hmmm. There are so many places I’d love to visit! But the first place on my list, currently, is England. Such a huge percentage of my favorite authors come from the U.K., I would love to be able to basically go on an “author tour” – see their homes, visit the places they worked and lived when they were alive, experience the locations and scenes that inspires some of their work. Sounds like heaven to me!

Ashlee's DeskAshlee has graciously provided a photo of the desk where she creates. I love it! I think it’s so cute. Thanks again Ashlee for chatting with me today. It was a pleasure! 🙂

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