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CC: What is your name, where were you born and where do you live now?
AS: I was born in a little town called Aliwal North and now live in Johannesburg which is also in South Africa.
CC: When did you first consider yourself as a “writer”?
When I was in school, we needed to submit an essay to Toyota
Manufacturing South Africa in order to join an exclusive student work
program. It was when I was the only female chosen out of all the
Afrikaans schools that I realized my “special powers” existed.
CC: Did it take a long time to get your first book published?
AS: No, I was published within 3 months after I completed the manuscript.
CC: Do you work another job as well as your writing work?
AS: Yes, currently I am working full time for a Mining company close to home.
CC: What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Capital D – “Two childhood friends reunite. Her secrets are deadly and
his secrets are lethal. Together they face danger and the truth.”
CC: How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Capital D took two weeks to write from conception to end, but I dreamed
about these characters and some of their adventures since I was a
CC: What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
There will be three more books in the series, ranging in genres from
Courtroom Drama, murder mystery and romantic thriller. Then I shall also
be writing a health & fitness book after wards, followed by more
CC: What genre would you place your books into?
The current book is an action adventure, although one fan has reviewed
it as a spy thriller and another as a romantic comedy. I am grateful
that it appealed to so many different readers.
CC: Do you gift books to readers to do reviews?
Do you basic plot/plan for your book, before you actually begin writing
it out? Or do you let the writing flow and see where it takes the
AS: I have a basic idea of what is going to happen with the characters, but for the most part I wing it.
CC: And any other information you wish to supply?
I have been an avid reader for 20 years. Therefore my writing style is
that of a reader rather than an author really. The focus is on what the
reader would want to know at that very moment and so I offer both the
male and female perspectives and thoughts in the story line. Everything I
do is driven by the reader and I shall like to thank them for being my
inspiration and my muses.
Bitten: Four words that describes you?
Ash: Passionate, Inpatient, Crazy and Artistic
Bitten: Could you please tell me a little about your book ”Capital D?”
Ash: This action-adventure story follows Taber Blaker and Silka Fontein who are two very strong confident characters. She disappears shortly after their High school graduation and returns 15 years later. Her secrets have put her life in danger and his secrets are lethal. Throughout the story they face various kinds of threats and danger and in the process discover the truth about each other ”and love.”
Bitten: Who was your favorite character to write?
Ash: Siilka because she’s what every woman hopes to be and yet every woman can relate to her.
Bitten: Who was the most difficult character to write?
Ash: Stan because he is very much real.
Bitten: Which character was the most fun to write?
Ash: Silka’s mother, Lucelia Fontein. She is the epitome of a social snob.
Bitten: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Ash: I write on my iPad and read everything I type out loud.
Bitten: What is your favorite book?
Ash: WOW, that is difficult because I have read so many. As an avid reader every book is my favorite until the next one.
Bitten: What other genre besides ”erotic” would you like to try your hand at?
Ash: My second, third and fourth books will be a mix between court room drama, thriller action and murder mystery, but with erotica in.
Bitten: Could you tell me a little about current projects your working on?
Ash: I am working on my second book. I can’t divulge the story or the title as both are linked to Capital D.
Bitten: What was one of the most surprising thing you learned in creating your first book?
Ash: How therapeutic it was. It helped me deal with a lot of personal issues.
Bitten: How do you see the future for self-publishing authors like yourself?
Ash: Self-publishing has becone very popular and will continue to grow. I see a bright future considering the talented authors I have met.