ASHYLN CHASE | Never Give Up
June 1, 2010
I belong to a writers’ goals group. We happen to know each other through RWA,
but other than that most of us have little in common. We write in all different
genres, some have children, some don’t. Some work outside the home, and some
write full time. Some are published, some aren’t.
What brought this group about and keeps it together is a common purpose. We all
want to reach our individual goals. What makes it work and continue to succeed
is how we want the other members to reach their goals too, regardless of what
those goals are. And our goals are as different as we are.
One member had the courage to pitch to an agent with an unfinished manuscript.
When said agent requested the full manuscript, she was honest and said it wasn’t
finished. You’d better believe we were there, making sure she finished it! One
member had never finished a manuscript. We were already chilling the Champagne,
knowing she’d make it--and she did. Another member sold a four-book YA deal on a
proposal! You can bet we’ll keep track of her progress.
The general public has no idea how hard it is to stick to the goal of producing
a book, regardless of life’s circumstances. In our goals group, we’re very much
impressed with anyone who can string together thousands of words and create a
coherent story--from beginning to end--one week at a time. I think it’s safe to
say, that’s our goal. Group members are here to create wonderful new reads.
Me? I write erotic romance and romantic comedy. My voice is unique and many
readers love it. I began my publishing career with ebooks. I’m willing to bet my
readers are happy I went that route, sharing and improving, rather than letting
my wild stories sit in a drawer. Isn’t it a wonderful thing to have people
reading romance in any format at whatever heat level they like? I certainly
My goals group knows I’m experiencing a certain amount of success, but I’m still
working hard to meet my goals just as they are. My goal might be the next book
when someone else’s goal is their first. Neither goal is more important. As far
as the group goes, we inspire each other no matter what we write or who we write
for. All we care about is that we’re writing!
One of the most inspiring writers is not yet published but I feel she’s
close--very close. She experienced a serious head injury about a year ago and
couldn’t write at all for a while. She has fought hard to get her cognitive
skills back and continues to improve. And she writes. Sometimes all she can
manage is a sentence or two, but she doesn’t give up.
Her attitude is amazingly positive. She’s one of the first to cheer when someone
else has a little success. She could so easily feel sorry for herself or jealous
of others, but I never hear that in her posts. She shares her triumphs and
tribulations with the rest of us, and we encourage her to keep plugging away.
One of these days, she’ll be published. I know it. She’ll keep trying until it
STRANGE NEIGHBORSBY ASHLYN CHASE--IN
STORES JUNE 2010
He’s looking for peace, quiet, and a little romance...
There’s never a dull moment when hunky all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason
Falco invests in an old Boston brownstone apartment building full of
supernatural creatures. But when Merry MacKenzie moves into the ground floor
apartment, the playboy pitcher decides he might just be done playing the
A girl just wants to have fun...
Sexy Jason seems like the perfect fling, but newly independent nurse Merry’s not
sure she’s ready to trust him with her heart...especially when the tabloids
start trumpeting his playboy lifestyle.
Then pandemonium breaks loose and Merry and Jason will never get it together
without a little help from the vampire who lives in the basement and the
werewolf from upstairs...
About the Author
A multi-published, award-winning author, Ashlyn Chase
specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself
numerous times. Among her many day jobs, she has worked as a psychiatric nurse,
run blood drives for the Red Cross, and now uses her degree in behavioral
sciences to avoid writing exhaustive character sketches. She lives with her
true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire. For more information, please
visit her website.
47 comments posted.
Re: ASHYLN CHASE | Never Give Up
It is always fun to read about the lives of others and realize that no one is the norm.
(Darci Paice 2:48am June 1, 2010)
It's nice being a part of a group of people where you all have things in common and help each other out.
(Mary Kirkland 4:10am June 1, 2010)
How awesome to support each other with different goals. Such fortitude and hope for one another.
(Joanne Reynolds 6:39am June 1, 2010)
It's great to have a group of people who support you and help you to keep to the goal. I know how it is to start something and battle to finish it...sigh!!!!
(Valerie Bongards 9:49am June 1, 2010)
What a great group you belong to. Best of luck to you all.
(G S Moch 10:40am June 1, 2010)
What an interesting group of people you all must be and how delightful that you all found one another.
(Mare Fairchild 11:19am June 1, 2010)
Howdy, strange neighbor!
(Richard Brandt 12:19pm June 1, 2010)
It is always wonderful to have people there to support you!
(Colleen Conklin 1:27pm June 1, 2010)
WOW sounds like a lot of work!!!
(Brandy Blake 1:28pm June 1, 2010)
It sounds like you're involved in a great group. And I agree that it is great that there are so many different types of books out there that there is something for everyone.
(Julia Stover 2:10pm June 1, 2010)
Sounds like a great group!!
(Robin Christofaro 2:36pm June 1, 2010)
Friends are what it is all about!
(Marjorie Carmony 3:07pm June 1, 2010)
That sounds like a wonderful support group. It would be pretty hard to flounder when you know that there are others there cheering you on.
(Leni Kaye 3:23pm June 1, 2010)
Ashlyn, it sounds like you are in a wonderful support group. It's wonderful to be able to cheer each other up and on.
(Cathy Phillips 3:34pm June 1, 2010)
looking forwarding to reading this one.... normal what's normal....
(Dean Young 4:21pm June 1, 2010)
Sounds like a supportive group to belong to. I am abby normal myself....
(Vikki Parman 4:35pm June 1, 2010)
Thank you for helping us understand all the time you have to put in to get your book finished.please enter me into your draw thanks
Kellie DeMarsh June 1st 2010
(Kellie Demarsh 4:50pm June 1, 2010)
I love "normal"! Please, enter my name in your drawing.
(Patsy Hagen 4:55pm June 1, 2010)
I admire all writers, since I love to read. It's great how all support each other.
(Pat Wilson 5:07pm June 1, 2010)
Kudos to your group. It must be wonderful to have supportive friends who are there to cheer each other up when the going gets tough. I am full of admiration for the accident survivor (I was going to write "victim" but couldn't so demean her.) I'll be praying for her recovery and strength. And I am filled with awe for writer who sit hours at a time put their hearts and imagination; maybe more than most since I KNOW I could never do the like, certainly not in anything that resembles an interesting story. On a non-fiction topic, I might.
(Sigrun Schulz 5:25pm June 1, 2010)
This sounds like a book right up my alley. I commend all storytellers since it is truley a difficult job to birth something everyone will enjoy.
(Cindy Olp 5:43pm June 1, 2010)
This sounds like a wonderful read and I would love to read it!
(Gail Hurt 7:20pm June 1, 2010)
I love the idea of the support. So important.
(Mary Preston 7:35pm June 1, 2010)
I belong to a knitting group, and we're always cheering each other on to complete a project. Often someone will pick a project that's out of their comfort zone, and it's great to see the item completed. I can relate to your group completely. Job well done!!
(Peggy Roberson 8:54pm June 1, 2010)
Hey Ash!! I want to win your wonderful book. Wish me luck!!
(Christine Hirth 9:02pm June 1, 2010)
The main reason for success is the supports from people.
(Kai Wong 9:10pm June 1, 2010)
It is wonderful to see a group of people with different goals work together so that each individual can accomplish their dream. I am looking forward to reading STRANGE NEIGHBORS.
(Rosemary Krejsa 9:13pm June 1, 2010)
One good thing about working in a group is the social interaction. I really miss that when I'm working by myself. And to have a group of people who will root for you (instead of backstabbers) makes the group all the more precious.
(S Tieh 9:28pm June 1, 2010)
It's great to have a group of friends to share and discuss and debate with.
(Diane Sadler 10:06pm June 1, 2010)
A support group like yours is great. We all need something like that!
(Karin Tillotson 10:17pm June 1, 2010)
The book sounds like a great read! Please enter me in the contest!
(Brenda Rupp 10:24pm June 1, 2010)
I've never heard of a goals
group before, but it makes
perfect sense, especially in the
(Margay Roberge 10:41pm June 1, 2010)
No matter what group you belong to in life, we all need each other for support and reaching our goals in life together. Good Luck.
(Cheryl English 11:11pm June 1, 2010)
It sounds like you belong to a great group!
(Cheryl Bradley 11:16pm June 1, 2010)
I wish there was a support group for
every walk of life, I think we all need a
(Sue Ahn 11:18pm June 1, 2010)
Sounds like a great group of
(Lisa Richards 11:20pm June 1, 2010)
Your group sounds wonderful and what great friendships you are making. May you all succeed in your endeavors.
(Gladys Paradowski 12:05pm June 2, 2010)
You are so blessed to have a group to be there for you when you need them and to build those life long friendships,
(Vickie Hightower 12:29pm June 2, 2010)
(Cathie Veres 12:44pm June 2, 2010)
This has to be a humorous story and I do love humor. Of course mystery, suspense and romance make it even better. Thanks for the great book and have added to my wish list.
(Brenda Hill 9:25am June 2, 2010)
What a funny story, a wereraven with a morbid sense of humor and an all to super friendly salesman werewolf. I can't wait to read this, between dealing with all to hilarious tenants Jason Tanner needs to make time for some woeing of a human nurse. Its going to be fantastic...
(Cathleen Robinson 1:42pm June 2, 2010)
Thanks for this contest! I love Fresh Fiction!!!
(Veronica Jarvis 2:06pm June 2, 2010)
Wonderful to hear about your
group...Great support! I am an
avid paranormal reader-bring on
a shapeshifter, I am ready to
read! Thanks for the contest!
(Barb Kettler 3:12pm June 2, 2010)
Great interview....I love paranormal stories ..reading and writing...
(Heidi Shafer-Wilson 4:17pm June 2, 2010)
I LOVE THE SYNOPSIS OF THIS BOOK!
(Debbi Shaw 4:27pm June 2, 2010)
Hello Ashlyn, Please enter me in your fantastic contest and please let me know when I am a winner too! May God bless you with success too!
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 10:37pm June 2, 2010)
I'm sorry it took me so long to respond. I've been at a reader/writer get together in Ohio.
Thank you, everyone, for your kind words.
(Ashlyn Chase 2:45pm June 6, 2010)
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