Reader Behind the Author-Ashley Lynn Willis

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
     Today's Reader Behind the Author is
    Ashley Lynn Willis author of The Calling
    First Lets get to know a little about Ashley and The Calling

About Ashley

Ashley Lynn Willis is an author of Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy.  Her novels have no vampires, werewolves, fairies or angels, but she hopes they will enthrall you all the same.  She likes her men alpha and her heroines plucky.  The tone of her books range from somber to humorous.  If you’re interested in a refreshing take on paranormal, she hopes you’ll give her books a try.  

Click here to read the first chapter of The Calling.

The Calling

Mandy Hardy lost more than a breast to cancer; she lost her fiancé when he dumped her a week before her mastectomy. Her ego bruised and her self-esteem battered, Mandy’s sure she’ll never fall in love again. 
Justin Seward is a headstrong Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer with a heart of gold and the supernatural ability to command the seas. He had to hide his feelings while Mandy was engaged to his best friend. Now that she’s free, he’s vowed to make her his.
Together, they may hold the key to each other’s salvation. But when Justin’s past catches up with him, and Mandy’s ex-fiancé wants vengeance, they realize they might not live long enough for happily ever after. The Calling is a 360 page paranormal romance to be released October 19th 2011. 
*Now for the Interview*
    Where do you get your books from, buy them (where from), library, or somewhere else? 
    Before owning a Kindle, I read an average of three books a year. I know, that’s just sad. The good news is that I have been reformed since receiving a Kindle for my birthday in April.  I now read at least a book a week, sometimes as many as three if I find a good series. Obviously, they all come from my new favorite retailer… Amazon.     
    What is the last book you read that you totally fell in love with? 
    Amanda Stevens, The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen Book 1). Let’s just say, I’m counting down the days until the second book in her series releases on April 12th 2012. If you love brooding southern men, great mysteries and creepy graveyard settings, you’ll love this series.  
     If you could meet an author alive or dead who would it be and what would you say? 
    Anne Rice.  I imagine the only place I’d ever meet her would be at a book signing and the conversation would go something like this.
    Me: I love you!!!!  *Then nothing, because I’m starting to cry.*
    Anne Rice: Honey, you need to calm down.
    Me: * Hysterical sobbing.*
    Anne Rice: Can someone get this crazy lady a Kleenex?
    Me: *More incoherent blubbering.*
    Anne Rice: *Rolls her eyes and waits for the security to escort me away.*
    Me: *Tries to stifle my sniffles as I’m led from the bookstore by an annoyed looking security guard.
    It’s not pretty, but in my mind, that’s exactly how it’d play out. I worship that woman. 
        If you could go on a girls night out with any 5 book characters who would you pick and why? 
       Annawyl the Bloody from Book 1 of the Dragon Kin Series by G.A. Aiken – because she can kick anyone’s ass. That’d come in useful if we were ambushed by a bunch of drunk, smelly men who wanted to dance. 
      Bella Swan from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer—because she smells so good to vamps. Maybe she could help us score a few fanged hotties.
      Catherine Crawfield from Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost—because if we don’t like the vamps that Bella attracts, she could off them.
      Sookie Stackhouse—because I love her. (She’s my fantasy BFF. J)
      The last lady is a tossup between Izzy from the Dragon Kin Series –because she’s always so bubbly and the life of the party or Samantha Moon from J.R. Rain’s Vampire for Hire series—because she’s got a dry wit to her that I’d love to witness in action.   
      You have no books at all to read and you really want to read, what book are you going to grab from your stash and do a reread?
      Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood series)—Zsadist and Bella’s story.  I was not a huge fan of this series until I read their book. Every day after, I’ve been obsessed with the Brotherhood.  There is just something that makes me swoon when it comes to a tortured soul brought back to life by a woman who loves him unconditionally. Ahhh, so beautiful.  If you haven’t read Father Mine, a novella about the couple, it’s a great continuation of their story. 
        What is the first book you fell in love with?  
      The Mummy by Anne Rice. In 2009, I wrote my first novel, Killing Abel. I had no idea how much The Mummy influenced my main character, Abel, until I read it again a few months ago.  (It had been almost twenty years since the first time I’d read it) There were many, many similarities between my hero and Ramses, both physically and in personality. On a subconscious level, Ramses stayed with me all those years, manifesting himself in my first book.  If that’s not true love for a character, I don’t know what is.
      A book that made you cry?  
      Oh, you all are going to totally laugh at me, but I cried at the end of Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. *Spoilers* When Anita Blake had to rebury Phillip, I bawled like a baby. That was a very well written scene.  I also cried while reading the The Hunger Games when one of the contestants, who shares her name with a certain Winnie the Pooh kangaroo friend (though spelled differently), died during the games. I bawled for an hour and couldn’t keep reading. I didn’t pick the book back up until the next day. It makes me teary just thinking about it.
      What book are you currently reading?  
      One foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. I started it a week ago, and it’s a fabulous book, but since I’m releasing my own book soon, I’ve been too busy to finish it.  Being an author is seriously cutting into my reading time. LOL. But it’s worth it. I love inventing crazy worlds and the characters to fill them.  
       If you could trade places for the day with any book character who would you pick?  
      Catherine Crawfield in Halfway to the Grave. *Spoiler* That love scene between Bones and Cat was hot!
        Favorite book cover?  
      Spiderwork by LK Rigel. 
          This and That 
        Favorite Social Network? (twitter, facebook ETC) Facebook 
        Favorite Animal? River Otter  
        Favorite TV Show? Ace of Cakes. 
        Favorite Color? Periwinkle  
        Favorite Movie? Stardust 
          Favorite Food? Does wine count?  
        Day or Night? Day  
        Summer or Winter? Summer  
        Thanks so much Ashley for the Awesome Interview! To find out more about Ashley and her books  check out the links below!
    You can contact Ashley Lynn Willis at 

    Facebook Author Site:!/profile.php?id=100002829151062

    The Calling Fan Page:!/pages/The-Calling/121064727991603


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    1. I also got teary eyed with the Phillip situation in Guilty Pleasures, so I'm not going to laugh at you :P

      Lover Awakened *cheer*

    2. Thanks Jet! I'm pretty sure that scene will haunt me forever. *sniff sniff*

      @Amber & Amber - thank you for the interview! It was a lot of fun and really made me think about my favorite books and characters. :)

    3. I have not read the Anita Blake series, another one I want to. I LOVED The Restorer. I can not wait to read the next book.

      Thanks again for doing the interview!!

    4. Wow The Calling certainly sounds like a great read. Thank you for sharing with us about this wonderful book and with the wonderful interview. I look forward to looking up this title and following Ms. Willis :)


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