Interview with paranormal romance author Ash Krafton

Today’s
warm welcome is extended to author Ash Krafton. She’s here to chat about her new
paranormal romance,
Words that Bind.


During her virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions, Ash will be
awarding a $25 gift card to Amazon or BN.com gift card AND a unique handmade
book-inspired keychain to one (1) randomly drawn commenter. To be entered for a
chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning,
feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!
Bio:
Ash Krafton
is a speculative fiction author from northeastern Pennsylvania. Krafton’s first
novel, Bleeding Hearts was published
in 2012 as part of a three-book urban fantasy series The Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press). An urban fantasy
novella, Strangers at the Hell Gate,
was published by Wild Rose Press in 2013. Her latest release, Words That Bind, won first place in the
HeRA RWA “Show Me the Spark” 2013 competition; it is also available through
Wild Rose Press as an October 2014 release.
Krafton also
writes New Adult speculative fiction novels under the pen name AJ Krafton.
Upcoming titles include The Heartbeat
Thief
, Face of the Enemy, and the
award-winning Takin’ It Back. She is
part of a YA/NA collective known as the Infinite Ink Authors.
In addition
to novel-length fiction, Krafton enjoys writing poetry and short prose, some of
which earned distinctions in various writing competitions. One of her poems was
also nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She’s a proud member of Pennwriters,
Romance Writers of America, and Pikes Peak Writers. Krafton is also a staff
blogger for the Query Tracker Blog.

Welcome, Ash. Please tell us about
your current release.

In Words That Bind, a social worker who
specializes in emotional disturbances meets her most challenging case when a
genie starts making appointments. This genie isn’t looking for counselling,
however…he’s looking for his talisman, the same one that had bound him to King
Solomon thousands of years ago. And he knows she has it. 
What inspired you to write this book?
My
sister-in-law is a social worker and she is the model of professionalism. No
matter what kind of screaming, ranting crazy I would feel like, she always had
this calm, cool rational approach to my, ahem, concerns. I, on the other hand,
am a tremendous goof. So I’m like, “Yeah, but what if a GENIE walked into your
office? Huh? Huuuuuh?”
And then
the book just bloomed from there.
I didn’t do
it to torture her. If I had wanted to do that, it would have been a clown. But
genies, she loves them. And I kind of love this one, too.
Excerpt from Words that Bind:
“So. You’ve destroyed a stereotype for me. A genie who lives
in a library. Different.”
“When in Rome, no?” He stirred his cup before setting down
the spoon with a light clink against the saucer. “Or, I suppose it is more
accurate to say when in human form. When I am Burns, I prefer here.”
“Human form.” It didn’t sound right. Who said things like
that, and meant it? “Can you change into anything you want? Any shape at all?”
He stretched out his legs and cocked his head, sliding his
gaze up and away. “I suppose I could. I’m getting old and set in my ways.
There’s this…” He swept his hands down the line of his body.
Her eyes were unable to keep from following, not even when
he lingered over his midsection. Even lounging, his shirt was tightly tucked
into his beltline. No belly fat there.
He tilted his head and gave her an upper-teeth smile,
nibbling gently at his lower lip. “And apparently this form is pleasing to the
eye, so I wear it often. But there are others. Tiger, a favorite. Savage and
regal and the colors of flames in the night. Fearsome to behold, but very
useful when dealing with physical conditions in which a human form may be
outmatched. Plus, I can lash my tail.”
His voice took a teasing, conspirator’s tone. “I love my
tail. You’d love it too, if you saw it.”
She trained her eyes firmly upon his. No way would she give
him the pleasure of checking out his tail.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
It’s a
Victorian paranormal called The Heartbeat Thief. It’s a little bit Jane Austen,
a little bit Edgar Allen Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order
to stay young and beautiful forever. From the London season to the back alleys
of Spitalfields, across the Channel and across the Pond…I’m having fun
researching and reading and imagining and wondering how far my character will
go to avoid Death. It’s a lot of fun.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
Since I was
a kid. My mom still has newspaper clippings of things I’d written. I studied
pharmacy in college, but managed to hang out in the Humanities department for
six years anyway. It wasn’t until maybe ten years ago that I started writing
again. First, I wrote strictly as a hobby, writing for fun in my free time.
Slowly, stealthily, my intentions towards writing changed, and things got
serious. I studied, I researched, I practiced, and I worked on my craft.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like?  If not, what do you
do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I’m still
working retail pharmacy full-tie, and I’m an over-time mom—so I write on days
off, in the mornings before work, and at the dojo when the kids are in martial
arts class. I’ve written on airplanes and long, agonizing bus trips, at my desk
and on the couch. My writing work day is not to be admired. It flies in the
face of all that is good and decent.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I like to
wear hats when I write. Weird, I know. And it has nothing to do with a
“thinking cap” or any other witty description. I think it keeps me from playing
with my hair.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
An English
teacher. My seventh grade English teacher said DON”T YOU DARE. (Yes, she really
did speak in all caps.) Although she’s actually read my books, I think she’s
more relieved I went to pharmacy school.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I’m so glad
you all stopped by! I love connecting with readers and I’m so curious to know
what you think about Words That Bind.
My social worker had her hands full the moment a genie walked into her office,
but she handled it with calm, cool, collectiveness. What character—in any book
you’ve read—do you think would give her a run for her money?
Thanks, Ash!

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10 thoughts on “Interview with paranormal romance author Ash Krafton

  1. Ash Krafton | @ashkrafton says:

    Thank you for having me today, and I'm glad you enjoyed the interview…

    My sister-in-law is equally glad I wrote about a genie, and not a clown ?

    Good luck entering the giveaway!

  2. miki says:

    It's so great to learn a little more about yourself in each interview^^ and your english teacher did read your book^^ she must have been proud of her students ( even if she was glad you picked pharmacy)

    it's a forbidden wish for me to be that productive with so little time^^ i'm working on christmas gift for example and i'm not ready!! not enough time, teh recipe to momentarilly froze it would be great^^

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