Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Shortcuts to Inner Peace by Ashley Davis Bush

Welcome to Author Ashley Davis Bush.

Ashley Davis Bush is a psychotherapist and author of 3 books including her newly released “Shortcuts to Inner Peace: 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity.”  Ashley lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband and their 5 children.  You can learn more about Ashley at


What is one book everyone should read?
In my opinion, that book would be Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl (originally published in 1946). This small but incredibly moving book is Frankl’s account of his five years in Nazi concentration camps. He concludes that while suffering in life is inevitable, we have choice in how we manage our suffering. He also concludes that our drive for meaning and purpose is universal.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Pralines ‘n cream. I grew up in Texas loving this flavor. But I’ve lived in the north for 30 years and I rarely find it in local ice cream stores. My daughter, who is in college near Boston, called me up to tell me that her local ice cream shoppe was featuring ‘pralines ‘n cream’ as a flavor of the month. Needless to say, I chose that month to go visit her and we went out for ice cream.

Night owl, or early bird?
Neither! My motto is early to bed and late to rise! My best time of day is 11AM.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Read it because it will improve your life by offering you tools to access your innate inner peace regardless of your circumstances.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Oh yes! I originally envisioned the “Shortcuts” book as a series. The next that I’m currently researching and writing is “Shortcuts to Intimacy: 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Connection.” This is a relationship book for couples to learn how to have fulfilling holistic connection every single day, no matter how busy their lives. My goal for this and for all of my writing projects is to have it reach its highest potential.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
There have been many, but I would have to say one that stands out was when I was doing a book signing for “Transcending Loss” ten years after its publication. I had an audience of about twenty people and I was about half way through my talk. Suddenly, a man walked up to the gathering and said, “I hate to interrupt and I cannot stay because my elderly parents are waiting for me in the car . . . but I just had to come over and say that your book saved my life!” He didn’t elaborate but he came over to me to shake my hand and then he disappeared. I’ve never forgotten it.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Keep writing! Some useful advice I heard from another author was to write in snippets whenever you can. Write in the 10 minutes waiting for the dentist. Write in the 15 minutes before you start dinner. Most of us don’t have the luxury of long writer’s retreats or unstructured days of musing time. So write in small increments even when you don’t think that you have the time.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I read all of the James Herriott books (a series about a British country vet). Whenever we took my dog to the vet, I was the one who held her on the table. However, I soon discovered that I am completely squeamish about ALL things medical. I wouldn’t have lasted one day in veterinarian school!

What was your favorite children’s book?
Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White. My mother read this book out loud to me when I was a child. I absolutely loved it. I named one of my stuffed animals (a pig, of course) Wilbur and slept with him every night. When my children were young, I read the book out loud to them. It beautifully and cleverly reflects on the classic themes of friendship, creativity, loss and love.

How do you react to a bad review?
I love this question! Of course it’s very easy to let our egos get dashed by bad reviews, just as it’s very easy to let our egos get pumped up by wonderful reviews. However I once heard a wise speaker tell his audience that you are more than what you do; you are more than what you own; and you are more than what people say about you (either positive or negative). I strive to stay centered and not let myself bounce around like a ping pong ball from praise to criticism and back again. It’s not always easy but I frequently breathe deep, get grounded and remind myself that the book has its own destiny. Once I give birth to it, I do everything I can to get it out there for readers, and then I let go.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
My kryptonite would definitely be sleep deprivation. I’ve always been in awe of people who can function on five or six hours of sleep. I require eight, preferably nine, hours of sleep every single night. If I get less than that, I have a smashing headache all day and feel like I have the flu.

What do you do in your free time?
Free time . . . . ahhhhh. I journal. I watch “Glee” (yes, I’m a gleek). I sing in choruses and occasionally perform with musical theater groups. I play with my cats. I chat with my husband. I hang out with my kids. I meditate. I take a walk. I watch movies. I organize family photographs. I do yoga. And I read and write, of course. When you’re a writer, reading and writing is just something that you ‘do’. It’s not always clear whether that’s ‘work’ or ‘free time’ because it’s just part of who you are.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
“It’s a Wonderful Life”. I really do believe that I have an absolutely wonderful life. And I am extremely grateful for it every day!

What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Ahhh, I love rainy days. The setting: my office with the gas fireplace on, a cup of tea by my side, and my two cats curled up in chairs beside me. The activity: a combination of reading, writing, and journaling. Heaven!

Shortcuts to Inner Peace by Ashley Davis Bush

This book offers 70 well-being exercises that are easily integrated into daily life because they are prompted by routine habits and experiences. Using these tools will help anyone discover how to access their innate inner peace on a regular basis.

Giveaway Details
2 winners will each receive a copy of Shortcuts to Inner Peace
Open to US & Canada
Ends 2/1/12

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