This winter I realized how many opportunities other authors had given me and set out to make sure I was paying it forward. When I opened up the blog Ashley Munoz answered the call and I've enjoyed getting to know her over the past few months.
Her latest book "Fade" releases April 5th.
Q: Author: dream job or never expected to be doing this?
A: Never expected this to be a thing. It started as a distraction. My son was born and I was trying not to blog about some personal things I was going through at the time.
Q: Name one positive thing you didn’t expect when you decided to publish.
A: The indie community to be so supportive. I had people reaching out to me, to help me and give me tips and taking risks on me. It was the most unreal thing I’ve ever experienced.
Q: Is there anything you learned between your first and second novels that you wish you’d known?
A: I learned that it’s okay not to follow all the rules. It’s okay to take the time to be sure the work is done right. I rushed so many things with my first book and I wish so badly I could go back in time and just slow everything down.
Q: Why did you chose to put out a novella (At First Fight) with the characters from Fade?
A: I kind of got myself into a pickle- Laney and Jackson came as surprise characters in Glimmer and even more of a surprise was that they ended up connecting on their own in Chicago while my main characters were meeting and falling in love in Belivdere. Because of that it complicated things for their story, which picks up ten months after Glimmer finishes. Somewhere in between there, I needed to tell their origin story. I started out just making it as a prologue to Fade but all my research said that it would confuse the reader about what the book was about or get thrown by the length of it. So, I decided to turn it into a mini novella.
Q: Plug it, girl! What do you think readers are going to love best about Fade?
A: So many things. Since the story is set 10 months after Glimmer, there’s so many swoony flashbacks that frame the story beautifully. There’s four older brothers whose pranks are hilarious and endearing. The entire farm scene is funny, sweet, and the sparks between Laney and Jackson are off the charts.
Q: Tell us more about Jackson Tate!
A: Jackson is an enigma. He’s not so much a player as he is just against labels and commitment. He’s respectful of women but not exactly interested in ever being tied down or trying is hand at something he’s never seen demonstrated. He’s inherited his estranged father’s last name which gives him keys to the social elite and a five-star status for his restaurant. But he despises this about himself. He blames himself for what happened to Laney seven months prior and he hates himself for leaving her when things feel too much like a relationship. He’s got a few demons to slay and a scorned, rebuffed Laney to convince that he’s worth the pain and the risk.
Q: What’s your favorite social media (FB, Twit, IG, Pinterest, etc…)
A: IG- I love how simple it is and quick I’m on off of it.
Q: Momma Question! How do your four kids react to your writing?
A: My kids all react a little different to my writing. My oldest, who’s nearly thirteen is one of my biggest fans, which is partly why I keep my books Pg13. She beta reads for me and since she’s on track to be an award-winning writer, it’s helpful to have her voice. My ten-year-old has her moments where she’ll complain about my deadlines but mostly she tells everyone she knows that her mom is an author. My six-year-old keeps me well stocked with pictures for my books, and to hang in my office. My two-year-old just likes to crawl all over my lap whenever I have my laptop in it. It’s all rewarding and painful at once.
Fade is available FREE in KU or on Amazon:
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