I’m so excited to be here, Melissa. Thank you for having me. In the author world, I go by Ashley Brooke Robbins. I’ve been on this planet twenty years and other than books and writing, I love animals, mythology, cryptozoology, and to make people laugh.
(Guys- Ashley has some amazing stories to check out.) Now onto some fun questions!
If you could change one thing about our world, what would it be and why?
As messed up as our world is, nothing needs to be changed. There must be bad to balance out the good, because one can become overzealous and takeover. So, even in a hypothetical situation, I can’t think of anything to change because I believe in the end, it’ll find the healing itself.
What a very positive outlook! I like it! If you knew the exact date of your death down to the minute, what would you change about your life starting tomorrow?
Spend more time with my family, and maybe enjoy life more, stop worrying so much.
When was the last time you felt alive? I mean really alive!
I feel alive when I’m surrounded by those I love and laughter is in the air. I’m lucky enough to experience this on the regular basis.
When was the last time you helped someone that was desperately in need? What did you do? Was this person grateful?
There was a family stranded on the side of the road and I gave them money for gas. I guess they were grateful, they said thank you.
What television sitcom is most like your family? Why?
The Big Bang Theory, because we’re all nerds in our own unorthodox ways.
Which one is Sheldon? What’s your favorite thing to do to relax?
This is magical. Have music playing while taking a candlelit bath.
Let’s find out a little bit about you as an author.
Did you always want to be an author?
Nope, not at all. And unlike most, I hated, no, loathed reading to begin with.
What authors had an impact on you growing up and as an adult?
L.J. Smith, love her books so much and Serena Pettus.
I read all the L.J. Smith books I could get my hands on when they first came out. Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?
Headphones. Music is life.
What have you learned the most from being in the writing business?
All writers have one thing in common; stories race through our heads. It doesn’t matter who gets them out faster. The tales we tell are all beautifully majestic in their own way.
Tell us about your latest release: (blurb, excerpt, cover)
I live on a small island named Luna Bay, in North Carolina. I should be getting excited like the rest of the teenage population to venture off into the enchanting world of endless exams and studying—college. Instead, I spend my days hiding out in my room, living vicariously through the lives of fictional characters.
Until my whole world turns upside down when I throw water in an innocent guy’s face. That’s when the headaches start, the blackouts and general craziness, ya know, more so than normal.
“Sometimes the worst possible situation turns into something great. Something you’ll never forget…remember that.”—Rose Kaylin.
So tired... My head drops into my pancakes and a groan escapes me.
“Rose!” my mother yells.
“Peanut puppies!” I jerk up, arms flailing.
“Oh, shit,” Henry rumbles, eyes shooting from me to everyone else, “the meds have fried her brain, what she has left of one, anyway.”
“Not funny,” Dad growls disapprovingly.
“She’s fine. She just isn’t used to them yet. Give it time.” Mom waves it off and goes back to reading the reviews for her book on her iPad.
Jarrod shakes his head, appearing aggravated and goes back to eating his breakfast, which doesn’t take him long to finish. “You wanna go to the mall with me?” he asks. I takes me a minute to realize who he’s talking to. This is a first, for both of us. So, in reply, I stare at him.
The rest of the people at the table are pretty much doing the same. “You’re joking, right?” Henry chuckles then frowns when Jarrod doesn’t crack up.
“Samantha’s birthday’s coming up.” He shrugs, like it’s not a big deal. “I need help picking something out for her. Something girly.”
“Yeah.” I snort. “’Cause I’m so feminine.”
“Will you come with me or not?” he snaps, jaw muscle twitching.
“Whatever.” I throw my hands up, slouch out of my chair, and take off down the hall.
“Excuse me, young lady. You were not excused!” my mother yells heatedly.
“I don’t care!” I really don’t.
“That’s it! With that attitude, you’re not leaving this house, do you hear me?” By now she’s screeching. She’d be perfect in one of the bands I listen to. She could scream just like one of the Butcher Babies. If only she’d get her head out of her ass long enough to breathe fresh air, she might realize it’s not devil’s music.
It was the too good to be true scenario, and the downfall. So in other words, I finally decided to write down what goes on in my head, all the time.
How did you choose your characters names and location for your story?
Choosing a character’s name is never easy… I closed my eyes and pointed. It was very serious. And the location was easy. It’s based off Oak Island, N.C. a heavenly place, so peaceful, just go there and you’ll understand.
Do you have a favorite scene? Why?
My favorite scene is when they, Rose and Caleb, are lying on the roof, stargazing. The rest of the families there but it doesn’t seem like it. This is my favorite because Rose bypasses what society has programmed into our heads as what should be beautiful and sees the truth that’s been there the whole time.
Do you have a character that you identify with? Who and why?
Rose. Because like her, I’m very stubborn, believe there should be a lot of sarcasm in the world and I keep my heart very well protected.
Let our readers know how they can get a hold of you…
You can find me at my website JustThatWeirdoNextDoor.com, or on basically any social media site.
Is there anything else that you want to share… feel free!!
Embrace your weird and be yourself forevermore.