Star Cursed by Ashley Lavering – Interview & Giveaway

 

star cursedStar Cursed

Seventeen-year-old Tayla will never forget Beast’s fiery-venom spreading through her body like an infection. Now, with her best friend Chel’s help, she must find a human true love before the last petal falls from her enchanted rose or the full moon will transform her into a wolf forever.

But Tayla never expected that her biggest obstacle would come from inside—a wolf presence threatening to take her very soul. At every turn, the she-wolf exploits Tayla’s weaknesses and gains enough control to sabotage her dates. Tayla struggles to control her unruly wolf and her forbidden attraction to Beast. But can she resist his southern charm, the she-wolf’s attraction to his alluring scent, and still fall in love with a human?

Tangled in a web of wills, Tayla must risk everything to break the Curse of the Beast. With failure and possible death looming overhead, Tayla will do anything to find true love. But will one moon cycle be long enough to conquer her wolf and remain human? Or will she become a permanent member of Beast’s pack? Find out in the second installment in the Curse of the Beast series.

 

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ashleylAuthor Ashley Lavering

A nomad at heart, I currently claim Nevada as my home. I have a wonderful husband and two young children that put up with my “writing time.” When she’s not pondering a spell that will magically calm the ferocious winds that plague the air around her, you can find her, with notepad in hand, frantically jotting down ideas in those short moments between caring for her girls and working full time at the Elko Institute for Academic Achievement.

Art and science have always been my yin and yang. Throughout my college career, I shifted between the two, but in the end I graduated with a Bachelors of Mathematics and Science from the University of Wyoming.

Charging into adventures and discovering something new has always been a passion of mine, but as a teenager I used to run screaming from a reading or writing assignment. Looking back, the irony isn’t lost on me. Now you can’t catch me without a book in hand or without an open word document. Every time a new idea pops into my mind my heart races and my hand twitch to write it. In that moment, I have my writer’s high and pray it will sustain me through thousands of hours of revision.

 

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Interview

What words or expression do you overuse?

“It’s all good.” My general line I say to stay positive when life sends me adventures that I have to ride out.

 
What is on your “keeper shelf” of books?

The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker, All of Patrica Briggs  and Stephenie Meyers, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi,  The Poision Study by Maria V. Snyder, Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce, J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan.. and the list continues.

 
What one item would you eat for the rest of your life?

Wow. This is a hard one, because I would get really sick of any one thing after a while, but I love coconut!

 
Top 3 things on your bucket list?

I would love to go on a long Caribbean Cruise with unlimited scuba diving. I really want to visit Ireland. I love the folk lore and countryside. Swim with the Dolphins. I have wanted to do that since I was a little girl. So, a lot of traveling and staying in the water. Yep, that is me in an Oster shell. 😉

 

What makes your novel standout from the crowd?

That it is a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a werewolf twist. I had to re-write modern werewolf lore to make it work. Another fun thing about my book is that Tayla is a vegetarian. Her dislike of meat lends well for some comical scenes.

 

What is your view on self publishing?

I love it. Yes, there are pros and cons, but for me the pros outweigh the cons. When I published my first book, I was overwhelmed, big time by all the stuff I needed to know. Over the time it took me to write Star Cursed, I got to know some great bloggers and people who helped me with some of the publishing load. That was a huge help. I really enjoy the freedom to find my own editors, pick my book covers, and set my own book price.

 

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Two ways. First, I give myself a skip pass for the scene that is choking my creativity at the moment. Sometimes, I write myself silly encouraging notes in the place where I have a writer’s block. It make me laugh and in a way “breaks the ice” or road block I had up. Secondly, I leave the project and go work on another one for a few days. Usually before two days go by, I have an idea for the story I had writer’s block on.

 

How do you juggle writing & family life?

Between my hubby and two young girls and working full time as a teacher’s aide, I have to admit that I don’t have a lot of time to write. This can get me discouraged at times, but I have to remember that writing something is better than not writing at all. So I sit down at 8:30 at night and start typing. Before I know it, I have several pages written and fill better about life in general. So my advice to all you working and/or busy parents is plan to write at least 15 minutes a day. Little by little that novel will get written!

 

If you were not a writer, what would you like to do?

I love homeopathic and natural stuff like cranial work, essential oils, energy work, herbs, yoga and the like. So I might have done something with that or maybe I still will:-)

 
What drives you insane about the writing process?

Revision/Editing. I really really don’t like to re-write and edit. Silly for an author to say that, but it is true. Now, on the other side, revision does amazing stuff for my books and I love the results, just not the doing it. Lol! It is what I call a necessary evil!

 

About how long does it take to write a book?

A little under a year.

 

 

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Comments

  1. It’s All Good! I am going to remember that. It can be my mantra. Great post. Thanks.

  2. Being a working/writing/parent author can be a challenge, but I agree, getting in a few minutes a day can lead to completing so much.

    Good luck with this and all your publications. 🙂