I’m thrilled to be part of Ashley Poston’s blog tour for THE SOUND OF US, and have her as a guest today. Ashley stopped by for an interview, so check out her fun Q&A below and be sure to enter the giveaway!
Q&A with Ashley Poston
Are you working on something new? Can you tell us what’s coming next?
Sure I can! Currently I’m working on the second book in the Radio Hearts series called We Own the Night. It’s Sleepless in Seattle meets Rebel Wilson. I’m absolutely loving it. You can find out more about it on GoodReads! [https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22901217-we-own-the-night]
If you were stranded on a desert island what are 3 things you’d want to have with you?
Ooh! I’ve recently been on a Naked and Afraid kick, so I’m going to nail this question!
1) My favorite book, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
2) A lighter so I could boil water
3) A communicator to the Star Trek Enterprise so when I get tired of sand getting everywhere Scotty can beam me up.
If you could jump into a book and live in that world, which would it be?
I’m so incredibly tempted to say Harry Potter, but even in that world I’d still be a muggle (and too old for wizarding school. Sigh). So I’d probably choose the world of Howl’s Moving Castle, because who doesn’t love the possibility of floating castles and magical suits and fire demons named Calcifer?
What is your dream cast for your book?
EEEK! I’m really excited you asked this question! This is my super dream cast.
Roman – Miles Teller (such a cutie!)
Junie – Kaya Scodelario (except with pink hair)
Boaz – Mark Salling
Maggie – Danielle Brooks
Caspian – Colton Hayes
Geoff – Diego Boneta
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
I actually heard this song after I finished the book, but Rebel Beat by the Goo Goo Dolls would definitely be playing in the closing credits.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high.” It’s from The Princess Bride by William Goldman. It’s a fantastic read.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
I’ve gotten a lot of good advice over the years, but the best advice I ever received wasn’t from any one person, but from the movie Meet the Robinsons. Keep Moving Forward.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I make jewelry out of bottle caps! I like to make earrings the most, though, although I’m working on a pair of sandals that are popping along nicely…
What drew you to writing this genre?
I love stories—not just love stories, but stories about music. I love the way music feels when you write about it. I love the way stories sound when you sing about them. I just wanted to write a story about music, and family—those who stay with you, and those who have to leave.
If you weren’t a human, what would you be?
I would love to be an owl. Asleep all day, up all night. Maybe then I could finally live at Hogwarts…
When it comes to writing, are you a planner or pantser?
I’m a little of both! I like pantsing a story first just to get the feel of it (and to make sure I’m passionate enough in the idea), but right before the first act I usually stop and reassess my plot threads. Then I take a beat sheet and map out the rest of the story, crack my knuckles, and have at it from there.
What book do you love that doesn’t get a lot of hype?
Dragon’s Bait by Vivan Vande Velde. I’ve been in love with this book for years. Dragons! Revenge! Family! Dragons! What’s not to love?
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Well, there was this one time at the beach where I took off my shorts to go swimming and my bathing suit bottoms went with them.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I try to do something else creative. I make playlists, I draw (really terrible) fanart, I dance around the house serenading my cat… Really anything until an idea comes to me. Usually if I’m patient enough (or persistent enough), I can think my way around the block. The worst writer’s blocks are the ones between books, when you’re wondering what to write next. I hate those.
Do you have any writing quirks?
I sometimes make the expressions I’m trying to describe.
About how long did it take for you to write your book?
My first draft began about five years ago. It was terrible, and the characters were completely different. (Roman was named Robert, for one, and he was just beginning in the music industry, not running from it). But throughout the years and the multiple drafts (between other stories), there are a few things that stayed—like the color of Roman’s hair, and Junie’s love for Bon Jovi. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right?
Were you a reader as a child? Did you have a favorite book?
An avid reader! I gobbled up everything I could find, from fairytale books to ice skating books to books about dragons and demons and warlocks. Most of all, I loved to read these huge booklets my parents bought for me at the circus one year. In them were fairytales you don’t really hear much about—the Monkey King, Tom Thumb, All The King’s Men, and The Parrot Sha, among others. I grew up reading those, and I loved them. They are now water-stained and falling apart, but all the best-loved books are, I think.
Thank you for interviewing me and for having me on your blog! <3
About Ashley Poston
Many thanks to Ashley Poston for stopping by today to answer my questions! Readers, enter the giveaway below and follow the tour for more chances to win.
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Monday, September 22nd – Her Book Thoughts! (Guest Post & Review)
Tuesday, September 23rd – A Book and a Latte (Interview)
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