Ash is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Ash writes adult fantasy, science fiction, adult romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy.
Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Ash doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Ash contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Ash can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
CC: What do you like about being a featured author at GRL?
AM: Meeting readers! Readers are the most fun people in the world!
CC: Have you written characters who are someone you know?
AM: Often. Michael Thompson being the latest. He makes an appearance in Heartifact. In fact, Michael insists that each of my books include a Michael who resembles him. If you’d like to be in one of my books, don’t be shy! Find me at GRL!
CC: Is there something unusual that has influenced your work?
AM: My obsessive curiosity and the absolute desire to know things. Doesn’t matter what things. Simply to know as many things as possible… no matter how useless the information may be.
CC: If you could meet one author to have dinner with, living or dead, who would it be?
AM: An impossible question! How about three favorites? Isaac Asimov has always fascinated me. I often spend hours immersed in his stories. One of my all time favorites is “The Last Question” wherein the titular question is “How do we stop the universe from ending? Or, How can we conquer death?” In addition to Asimov, two other authors who fascinate me are Michael Crichton and Carl Sagan. Their ability to weave science and the salient questions of ‘who are we and what are we made up of’ into fiction is extraordinary and impressive. Intrigued by the advents of cloning, stem cell research, genetic engineering (gene splicing), eugenics, and the human genome project, I often delve into the ethical, legal, and social implications associated with these sciences. In Shooting Star, set a millennium from now, a human-Jupitarian hybrid avoids destruction by the human government by hunting down and assassinating his kind. He secretly defies the human government in a number of ways and is able to keep his subversive endeavors clandestine until he needs the help of a human geneticist to save a young hybrid’s life. It’s a hot, sexy love story. Honest!
CC: Are you working on another book?
AM: Several. I’m writing Grotesque, a book about a… well, a grotesque! Read a brief summary here. Look for it around Valentine’s Day. I’m also writing a top secret book about an assassin. Stay tuned! On the young adult front (C. Kennedy) I’m currently writing Mud Angels, a commemorative book about the 1966 Arno River flood in Florence, Italy and the children who helped restore books. Thárros is currently being translated into French and will debut at Salon du Livre 2017.
About Heartifact out Thanksgiving Day!
Coming November 24th in French, English, and Italian from Men over the Rainbow. Net proceeds benefit the The Trevor Project in the US, el Refuge in France, and Arcigay in Italy en français
Harper Kidd is a highly respected marine archaeologist. Yet, with the economy in a slump, he’s trapped working in an oil company’s exploration division. Now, at the ripe age of thirty, Harp is disgusted with his employer’s damage to the undersea world he loves, tired of his ATM-card-filching ex, and tormented by beautiful dreams of an undersea lover. It’s time for a change and when his best friend, Stick, pleads with him to assist on a deep-sea dig in the Mediterranean, he jumps at the chance.
Harper’s sprits are high when they discover the ruins of an ancient civilization, and soar to the heavens when they discover a statue of an ancient pelora, a mysterious hybrid creature said to mediate between the worlds of reality and fantasy—and the very lover who holds the starring role in his dreams.
When the crew discovers the site is teeming with unexploded ordnance from the conflicts in the Middle East, and the excavation turns deadly, Harper must choose between saving his best friend and saving the pelora he’s fallen in love with. Read an excerpt on Love Bytes Reviews!
Stop by next week, when I answer some questions and talk about my experience at GRL 2016.