1. Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)
Ashley Rose is a gay twenty-something lover of anything cosmic, compassionate, and creative who started writing when she was 11 years old but stopped for her college years because she lacked inspiration. Ashley didn’t pick up a pen again until a bad heart break left her with too many words unsaid and needed somewhere to put them. Now, she can’t stop writing and uses her friends, her past, and current relationships as her inspirations for her work. If it wasn’t for Amanda Lovelace’s The Princess Saves herself in this One, and Gretchen Gomez’s Love, and you there’s a good chance Ashley would never have gotten so inspired to write her own book! When she isn’t writing you can usually find her cuddled up with her two golden retrievers or planning her next adventure.
2. What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat, into your time writing?
I mainly promote my work through Twitter and Instagram. Social media was a part of my daily life before I started publicly writing so I don’t find it eating into my writing time – if anything it’s added to it because I often find myself engaging with other writers and I will come up with ideas for new poems and prose and post them on my Twitter feed or blog to later come back and extend on them!
3. What projects are you working on at present?
Curently I am working on a few different thngs – my biggest being Aftermath whih is going to be released in 2019 on my 25th birthday. This has been a work in project since before I started my debut collection, Shattered Pieces. I’m excited to share this collection wih readers because I truly feel this book embodies who I am as a person, and a writer, fully, and I hope readers are able to resonate with bits and pieces with it while also realising that this is my life, my experiences, and respect that not all poetry is relatable but still worthy of writing. I’m also working on another project that I will be announcing at the end of April!
4. What does poetry mean to you?
Poetry, to me, means freedom. It’s the freedom to feel, the freedom to let your voice be heard, the freedom to hurt and then to heal. It’s the freedom to be yourself without any consquences. Poetry can free you, your soul, your spirit from so much.
you gave me back
my ability to write
after I lost my passion for it;
it’s too bad you had to do it
by breaking my heart.
collection of free verse poems and prose about falling in love, getting heart broken, learning to forgive, and finally healing