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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ashlyn Chase Interview

"[Ashlyn Chase] entertains with a voice that makes reading her stories pure pleasure. It’s like spending time with your favorite friends. Reviewer Top Pick" —Night Owl Reviews on How to Date a Dragon


Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her readers a satisfying experience.

She holds a degree in behavioral sciences, worked as a psychiatric RN for several years and spent a few more years working for the American Red Cross. She credits her sense of humor to her former careers since comedy helped preserve whatever was left of her sanity. She is a multi-published, award-winning author of humorous erotic and paranormal romances, represented by the Seymour Agency.

She lives in beautiful New Hampshire with her true-life hero husband who’d look like Hugh Jackman if you dyed his hair, and they’re owned by a spoiled brat cat.




What is one of your favorite Myths/legends to write about?

AC: I love to write about magic. The possibilities are limitless. Anything can happen when magic is involved and my wild imagination loves that!

If you could live back in time, what time period would you choose and why?

AC: I wouldn’t want to go too far back. I like my conveniences (like indoor plumbing.) Perhaps the 1950’s. It was a more innocent time (if you don’t watch Mad Men) and technology hadn’t been developed to the point of driving me crazy yet.

Have you ever come across a song that might fit the theme of one of your books?

AC: My husband I have "our song" which fits my light romances too. You Make Lovin’ Fun by Fleetwood Mac.

Do you remember what you felt when you had your first kiss?

AC: My first kiss lasted about 3 hours and left me in a love-drunk fog. I couldn’t even feel my legs.

What was the most creative pick up line you've ever used on someone or someone used on you?

AC: It wasn’t a line…it was an action. A cute guy literally fell in my lap. We were in a crowded nightclub, and some guy practically body checked him. I don’t know if it was prearranged or not, but Whoa! Did that ever get my attention!

When writing do you have a playlist of music you like to listen to? What are a couple songs on it?

AC: Nope. I need quiet to hear the voices in my head.

What do you do when you think nobody is watching?

AC: What don’t I do? (evil grin)

What was your favorite childhood book?

AC: My grandparents had some beautifully illustrated books of children’s fairy tales. I’d sit in the closet where they were kept in a bottom drawer and read them over and over. It must have been the world’s first walk-in closet because it was plenty roomy.

What is your favorite addition to chocolate?

AC: More chocolate.

What does your husband/significant other say about your writing erotic stories? What about your family and/or do they read your books?

AC: My husband thinks he’s the luckiest man alive. He gets to research new ideas to be sure they’re physically possible. My daughter is the only other member of my family and she does not (thank goodness) read my books.

Besides your own, what is one of your favorite series to keep up with?

AC: I’m not good at reading a whole series, but I love Mary Janice Davidson’s Queen Betsy and Gerry Bartlett’s Glory books. I need more of Michele Bardsley’s Broken Heart vampires.

What do you think you would be doing if you weren't writing?

AC: Maybe learning to read Tarot cards or giving facials.

Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?

AC: I make jewelry—especially Euro bracelets. I have an Etsy store called Ashlyn’s Imagination where I sell some of it. I give some away as contest prizes too.

What is something you do to de-stress?

AC: Unwind in my hot tub with a good book…as long as it isn’t over 80 or under 30 degrees outside.

We all know about muses...what do you think inspires you to allow your creative juices flowing?

AC: I blame everything on Thalia—the Muse of Comedy.

10 Fun Facts (things the fans don't know)

  1. I never learned how to type.
  2. I hate blueberries 
  3. I did some modeling in my teens 
  4. I used to answer phone calls on a suicide hotline 
  5. I went to art school 
  6. I’m a trained hypnotherapist  
  7. I’m a trained interior designer 
  8. My first job was at Dunkin Donuts 
  9. I grew up with dogs, but now I’m a cat person 
  10. Someday I want to visit Florence and Venice, Italy  

                                                     Let the Sparks Fly…

Bliss Russo thought nothing exciting ever happened in her life. Until her building caught on fire and she had to be carried out of the flames in the arms of a gorgeous fireman. Sure, her apartment is now in shambles and she'll have to start her huge work project completely from scratch. But at least her love life is finally looking up...if only she can find her red-hot rescuer again.

Dragon shapeshifter Drake Cameron is the last of his clan, and the loneliness is starting to claw at him. He's met only one woman who might be able to stand the shock of his true nature. After all, she barely batted an eyelash when her home burned down. And feeling her curves against him was just as hot as the inferno. Just when he thinks he'll never track her down, she walks into his firehouse—with no idea what she's about to get herself into...

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1 copy of Flirting Under a Full Moon (Book 1 in the Flirting with Fangs series, directly preceding How to Date a Dragon). 1 winner, US and Canada only, please send me the winner’s mailing address


  1. I love Ashlyn Chase's light paranormal romances! She definitely makes loving fun!

    1. read the interview! I love you just for showing up and leaving a nice comment, Venus.

  2. I love Ashlyn's books and am honored to be a part of her street team and introducing her books to my friends :)
    I really enjoyed the interview, great questions and answers and then the things you may not know about her :) Definitely have to check out her shop, I didn't know that.
    I read How to Date a Dragon and I loved it!
    Have a Wonderful day and I hope her blog tour rocks!!
    Chris Jones

    1. Thank you, Chris!
      Word of mouth is the best advertisement there is, and my Ashlyn Chase Champions street teamers are awesome! They truly are Champions! XOXO

  3. My question for Ashlyn is: How can you be a writer and not type. My hand would kill be from writing constantly. Unless you have someone nice enough to type for you. If you ever need a typist, call me up. I can type around 40 wpm. LOL.
    Great interview. Loved the fun facts, cause a lot I did not know about you. Thanks for writing such great books.

    1. Thanks for the offer, Chris!
      I actually type with the hunt and peck method--totally looking at the keys, and I manage about 17 words a minute. LOL
      I wish I could type the right way, but I've tried online training tools and keep going back to my own way. Sigh. Old dog. New tricks.

  4. I just loved the interview! Thanks so much for having Ashlyn, she's one of my favorite authors and one of these days when I am visiting my sister in Derry, I hope to meet up with her and maybe have lunch!!! Can't wait to read HTDAD, it's going to be a great read!!

    1. Well, dang, Pumpkin! Name the day and if I'm free we can go to Mary Ann's Diner.

  5. This is Ashlyn's best yet. A must read!!!

  6. Hi Ash -

    Thanks for the name to your etsy shop. I'll go look now.
    I don't think I've asked you but how many books are you planning for this series?

    1. It's another trilogy. Book 3 will be coming out in March 2014.
      Thanks for asking Victoria!

  7. I've gotten a whole circle of people, completely addicted to your work :) We beg you to please keep writing, and keep it all as incredible as it has been..

    1. Wow! I love to hear that!
      As long as people keep buying, I'll keep writing. And don't worry, I won't publish anything I'm not proud of. I have a couple of manuscripts that will never see an editor. LOL

  8. Loved the fun facts and Q&A. Your series are so much fun. The is of romance and humor just makes my day. I always pick up one your books when I'm having a rough week cause I know I'll get a kick out of them.
    A writer who actually writes her stories literally, to funny. :)

    1. I'm so happy that I'm able to cheer you up when you need it. Hugs! That's how I got into romance in the first place. I needed a healthy escape when my parents were terminal at the same time. Diana Gabeldon got me through it. I'm delighted I can pay it forward!

  9. I loved this interview! Great questions and Ash's answers are always delightful. Love her humor!

  10. Love Ashlyn Chase! Her books rock! Great interview!

    1. Bless you, Johanna!
      I'm going to get a big head. (Or should I say bigger?)

  11. You guys are awesome! Thank you for coming here today to support Ash. With that said, I will pick a random winner tomorrow morning to win a signed copy of Flirting Under A Full Moon, book 1 of this amazing series, Flirting With Fangs.

    Thank you!

  12. Thanks so much for having me here today! It was a total pleasure.