Category: Books

  • Not the book I set out to write

    Tonight is my first ever book launch. I started writing this book ten years ago. Except it wasn’t this book; it was a different book. Ten years ago I planned to write a book about my great grandparents’ survival of the Armenian genocide. I knew they’d both lost their entire families, and ended up in […]

  • You can write in trees

    Artist Katie Holten has created a living tree alphabet for New York, based on NYC trees. Each letter is its own tree: A for Ash, B for Birch, C for Crab Apple, etc. You can download the font free from nyctree.org! As they explain, ‘The New York City Tree Alphabet is an alphabetical planting palette’ and […]

  • Fighting with a monkey

    For the past week I’ve been in an ongoing fight with a monkey. It’s not clear who’s winning. Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst The specific monkey I’m fighting with is Mailchimp, because – surprise! – I’m planning to send out the best author emails you’ve ever received. Q: Ashley, I already read your website, […]

  • 2018: The reading year in review

    One of the few positives of putting most of my life on hiatus due to illness is that I’ve actually had more time for reading. I’ve always loved reading. I used to walk home from school with an open book, looking up only before crossing the street, and even then only if I wasn’t at […]

  • The best news yet

    Way back in July, I was shortlisted for the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. I’m immensely pleased to share that my novella was selected as one of the award finalists and is now an e-book! It has a new title and a snazzy cover. A thriller set in 1980s Sydney and drawn from true events, […]

  • Pose with my grave and skeleton

    Before visiting Melbourne in September, I read Sophie Cunningham’s Melbourne. It’s one of the City Series from NewSouth, ‘travel books where no-one leaves home’. I’ve spent several years working my way around Australia while reading my way through this series. Melbourne has been my favourite yet. There’s a moment in the book where Cunningham is learning letterpress at […]

  • A poetry review poem

    I’ll confess I don’t read much poetry. I’m far more likely to recommend Australian non-fiction or the latest John Sandford thriller, like Buried Prey. But then I saw Billy Collins on a talk show, reading from Aimless Love, and fell for his great playfulness and depth. Still, it took me two years to buy the book— so much lost time! […]