Interview: The indomitable Ash Litton

Ever meet someone and instantly respect them? Some combination of confidence, poise, articulation and something else, something indefinable – maybe just a general feeling that they are at ease with themselves. I felt that way the first time I met Ash Litton, and that initial impression has only solidified with our every interaction.

Ash always has a gentle, intelligent, thoughtful response. Never brash, always calm. Impressive really. And quite the opposite of me. She’s one hell of a fine writer, as well, and a tremendous editor. It’s always a pleasure working, or even just chatting with her.

So, it is with great pride, that I introduce to you, Ms. Ash Litton!

Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of No Signal, Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, and Comeuppance, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects.

When she’s not writing, she’s drawing, and when she’s not doing either of those, she’s dreaming up new projects to work on. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Ash has always wondered what things lay hidden in the hills around her. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied the English language before returning home to her family in rural West Virginia.

You can follow her on her website, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Me: When did you decide to become a writer?

Ash: I think I was in elementary school when I wrote my first fanfic (based on the anime Guyver); up until then, I’d only ever made up stories in my head as I played with my toys. Middle school, I got in to Transformers fanfiction, and then the older I became, the more interested I got in trying my hand at my own original fiction. So I’ve always been a writer, I’ve just only recently started writing for myself.

Me: How often do you write, and do you have a special time during the day to write?

Ash: I try to write every day, even if it’s just completing a sentence with 10 words or 1,000, I write. If I put fingers to the keyboard, then I’ve accomplished something for that day.

Most often, I do all my writing in the evening (late night into early morning seems to be when the juices really start to flow), but there are times of the day when I think of a line or a bit of dialogue, and I write it down as fast as I can to keep from losing it. Other times—and this seems more seasonal—I write throughout the mornings (8AM on through noon) as my sort of “peak” writing time.

Me: Where is your favorite place to write?

Ash: In a comfy chair. Preferably one that’s a recliner. If I can kick my feet up, recline a little, and have my tablet or laptop with me, then I’m in my favourite spot. I could be in any room, or outside—it doesn’t matter so long as I can be at ease.

Me: Have you written works in collaboration with other writers, and if so: why did you decide to collaborate?

Ash: In a way, yes. I took part in an Indie anthology, with all the authors writing short stories within the same universe. One of my friends had recommended me to the organizer of the anthology, and that’s how I got involved. I’m glad I did, too, as I’d always had this idea for a short story, but never a place for it, and the anthology just so happened to a perfect place to ground the idea.

Me: What advice would you give to your younger self?

Ash: Stories come from amazing places, so write every day, even if it’s only a few words. Read every day, even if it’s only a few words. Dream every day, and summarize what you thought about. Every moment and every word is an opportunity to build a story.

Me: Thank you, Ash!