Author

Julia Ash Photo by Sarah Murray Photography

WHAT I WRITE:

  • Dark Fantasy and Post-Apocalyptic Thrillers
  • Near-Future Science Fiction
  • Speculative and Commercial Fiction

WORK HISTORY:

  • 17 years with local school system, the last 11 in the capacity of Public Relations Coordinator, including PR writer, webmaster, and social media facilitator
  • Contributor to education column for The Worcester County Times and occasionally  The Daily Times (both Gannett newspapers)
  • Former Corporate Publications Editor for Perdue Farms (chicken)
  • Technical writer and graphic design/printing broker

EDUCATION & NOTABLES:

  • BA in Communications from Penn State (Main Campus)
  • Graduated with Distinction
  • Varsity Swimming

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
  • Romance Writers of America
  • International Women’s Writing Guild

TIDBITS WHICH MIGHT SURPRISE YOU:

  • Early childhood (age 2 to 5) lived in Mexico; primary language was Spanish
  • Raised in a haunted house (6 years to 18) in West Chester, PA, called Bleecker Hall
  • Swimming exchange student to Wuppertal, Germany, and my host Regine is a lifelong friend
  • Former Jet Ski racer (standup); ranked #8 in nation (for novice) in 1998

CURRENT HOBBIES:

  • Reading, of course!
  • Hiking
  • Paddle-boarding

WHAT PASSIONS FUEL MY WRITING?

  • Pairing myths & legends with science, leaving readers to wonder…are they possible?
  • Adventure/survival
  • Potential for government corruption (non-partisan!)
  • Looking into the near-future and asking “what if”
  • The potential for pandemics
  • Love or romantic connections

WHAT AM I READING?

  • BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater

FAVORITES (*TRILOGIES/SERIES):

  • THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS* by M. R. Carey
  • THE PASSAGE* by Justin Cronin
  • A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES* by Sarah J. Maas
  • THE RAVEN BOYS* by Maggie Stiefvater
  • WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks
  • STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
  • THE 5TH WAVE* by Rick Yancey
  • DRACULA by Bram Stoker
  • THE HUNGER GAMES* by Suzanne Collins
  • DIVERGENT* by Veronica Roth
  • THE STAND by Stephen King
  • OUTLANDER* by Diana Gabaldon
  • THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins
  • TWILIGHT* by Stephenie Meyer
  • THE DARWIN ELEVATOR* by Jason M. Hough
  • BEIJING RED by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson

FAVORITE MOVIES and TV SERIES:

  • Signs (All-time Favorite)
  • I Am Legend (Second All-time Favorite)
  • Avatar
  • Pride & Prejudice (with Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen)
  • Jurassic Park
  • Kill Bill
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004)
  • Outlander
  • True Blood
  • The Last Ship
  • Spartacus
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Vampire Diaries
  • The Originals
  • The Tudors

FAVORITE HEROES (from Film/TV):

  • Uma Thurman (Beatrix Kiddo in KILL BILL)
  • Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse in TRUE BLOOD)
  • Zoe Saldana (Neytiri in AVATAR)
  • Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser in OUTLANDER)
  • Andy Whitfield and Liam McIntyre (both played Spartacus in SPARTACUS)
  • Will Smith (Dr. Robert Neville in I AM LEGEND)

BEST VILLAINS (from Film/TV):

  • Chiaki Kuriyama (Gogo Yubari in KILL BILL)
  • Kathy Bates (Annie Wilkes in MISERY)
  • Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton in GAME OF THRONES)
  • Tobias Menzies (Captain Jonathan Randall in OUTLANDER)
  • Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon in GAME OF THRONES)

FAVORITE WRITING RESOURCE BOOKS:

  • STRUCTURING YOUR NOVEL by K. M. Weiland
  • WRITING A KILLER THRILLER by Jodie Renner
  • OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL by K. M. Weiland
  • UNDERSTANDING SHOW, DON’T TELL by Janice Hardy
  • SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder
  • PLOT PERFECT by Paula Munier
  • GUIDE TO MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITING by Kerrie Flanagan

FAVORITE AUTHOR RESOURCES:

  1. The Manuscript Academy (http://manuscriptacademy.com)
  2. Manuscript Wish List (http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com)
  3. Writer’s Digest video tutorials (https://tutorials.writersdigest.com)
  4. Query Tracker (https://querytracker.net)
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