Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday Guest- SamMarie Ashe

Paty, thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog today, I am so glad to be here! Instead of my rambling random thoughts from my own blog, I asked Paty for a couple questions… and she happily obliged!

Bio:
The short story is that I’m interested in writing, cats, writing, movies, writing, music, and writing, and not necessarily in that order. Authors have to love writing or it’s just not fun!

I’m a member of the national chapter of Romance Writer's of America, Rose City Romance Writers, Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America, and Peninsula Romance Writers of America. I am also a member of Willamette Writers based in Portland, Oregon. I live just across the Columbia River in beautiful Vancouver, Washington.

I am a former Corporate Presenter and Trainer for the semiconductor industry, managing a very busy sales agency. I have long been interested in writing and wished to have the time to just... write. With the downturn in the economy, that opportunity came sooner than expected. I have studied numerous types of writing: novels, short stories, poetry, business writing, newsletters... plus I’m a voracious reader ever since I was old enough to turn the pages on my own. Long ago I discovered a love for story telling and an affinity for the happy ending, and gravitated to romances. I now spend my time herding cats and writing romantic whimsy.

What drew you to writing paranormal romance?
I have always liked the ability to bend reality with words. Blending romance and fantasy with creatures and realms that exist only in my imagination is a lot of fun! I have a wild imagination and like to indulge it quite frequently, making up not only regular contemporary towns and locations, but immortal characters that exist well beyond our mortal capabilities. I love to read all types of paranormal romance, from the darkest-dark to the sweetest-light, and will readily admit that my stories lean heavily towards the latter - they are sweet and light. Bringing new creatures, cultures, and universes into existence through words is a wonderful feeling. When readers can lose themselves in the story and say “Yes, I believe that can happen!” then I know I have succeeded in making that paranormal world come to life.

Tell us about A.N.G.E.L.
The A.N.G.E.L. stories are a series that birthed from a what-if I had one day: What if the world’s population was exploding so fast that those beings that oversee true love couldn’t keep up? What if there simply were not enough Guardians? What if they recruited certain souls as they crossed over to serve humanity covertly as a new type of immortal, sworn to protect and serve, to not interfere with free will, and to get the couples together that should be together?


What are you working on?
I recently co-authored a cupid novella for the anthology Cupid Gone Wild (a non-A.N.G.E.L. story, although there is some similarity between Cupid and my creatures!) with fabulous Delle Jacobs, called THE BOSS WORE RED. It's a story about a big-city girl thrown together with a cowboy in a very unusual twist with Cupid monitoring the "situation".

The A.N.G.E.L. series took a back seat for a little while but now they are front-and-center again. The funny thing about paranormal critters is that sometimes they want a little adjustment, so the series is in modification. *grin* I hope to have them available to the public around the end of the year.

The Boss Wore Red by Delle Jacobs and SamMarie Ashe

For city fashionista Alexandria Bergstrom, there's nothing worse than learning her crazy parents' past unless it's having to re-live it herself on the ranch she's inherited. It's the worst possible time for her heart to tumble, especially for hunky, city-hating ranch manager Clint Riordan. But does her heart listen? That's what Cupids are for...

THE BOSS WORE RED is available from: eTreasuresPublishing.com, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Smashwords.com, and AllRomanceeBooks.com, available as a single title novella or in the anthology “Cupid Gone Wild”.

SamMarie's website, www.SamMarieAshe.com, and meander through her rambling thoughts blog at www.SamMarieAshe.blogspot.com.

Delle's website and blog, http://www.dellejacobs.com/


Thank you again for having me on your blog! Have a great day,

13 comments:

Lynne Marshall said...

Sounds like a fun story, SamMarie. I am always so impressed with the caliber of ladies who write romance.

May much success come your way. (sorry for sounding like a fortune cookie, but I meant it!)

Judith Ashley said...

Such a diverse background must be helpful in writing, SamMarie. Love The Boss Wore Red cover.

Firetulip said...

Hearding cats and writing romance, what a great way to spend your days. I'm the same way, except that I'm hearind kids.

Liz said...

sounds like a great project SamMarie. Thanks for sharing. looking forward to reading The Boss Wore Red!
cheers
Liz

Becky said...

Great post! SamMarie, you are a new author to me. I found your diverse background to very interesting. I am going to check out your books, they sound really good.

SamMarie Ashe said...

Hi all!

Thank you sooo much for hosting me today, Paty, love your blog!

Thanks for all who stopped by and commented. A diverse background does help with writing, it's a good source of material for stories. I had a wonderful boss and in some ways miss the routine of corporations. Who knows, that great boss just might be in some future story!

Have a great day everyone,
Sami

Jacquie Rogers said...

Nice interview! The Boss Wore Red sounds like a terrific story and I'm anxious to read it. :) Good luck to you and Delle.

And Paty, thanks to you, too, for maintaining such and interesting blog. I stop by every once in a while.

Jacquie

Minnette Meador said...

What an amazing idea, Sam! I must have these books! Hurry up, will you? M:o)

SamMarie Ashe said...

Thanks Jacquie! And yes I will hurry Minnette! Typing my fingers off nearly every day. :)
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.
-Sami

Paty Jager said...

Thank you Jacquie, Blogging is my favorite part of this whole wild trip of promoting one's writing. I enjoy writing posts and having others here to introduce to readers.

Jean P said...

Sounds like a fun story. Cover is very cute too. You probably have a lot of material you could use from your Corporate days. Off to check out your website.

Delle Jacobs said...

Had to stop by and say hi, SamMarie and Paty! We had such a great time writing Boss. It just seemed to flow out so smoothly, it was even easy to edit. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your stories, Sam.

Sarah Raplee said...

"I have always liked the ability to bend reality with words." I can soooo relate to that! Loved The Boss Wore Red. :)