Ashea, describe yourself for our visitors.
I’m a wife,mother of two daughters, and the owner of two businesses,so I don’t have much free time for hobbies. I make time for reading, fiction and non-fiction. Of course, creative writing and poetry doesn’t count as a hobby anymore since I actually get paid for it but it’s still my passion. I listen to contemporary gospel music in my car going to and from work, church and my various functions. I’m also a community groups leader at my church,World Changers Church Int’l. I enjoy pouring into the lives of people, being part of the bridge between Pastor Dollar and the members.
How do you find time to connect with God?
With a schedule as demanding as mine, I have to make time to connect with God. I wake up extra early and pray as soon as I get up. I do praise and worship/prayer in the car on my way to work in the morning and do my Bible time at 7:00 a.m. when I first arrive at work. Of course, Sunday is my best day of the week when I can sit down, take notes and gobble up that word. Wednesday evening Bible study is also crucial to my connection with God. The most important thing though is that I talk to God all throughout the day, everyday, anytime. And I try to implement what the Holy Spirit is telling me into my everyday life.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many. I’ll start with the veterans of Christian fiction Victoria Christopher Murray and Jaquelyn Thomas. Then there are other great Christian fiction writers such as Reshonda Tate Billingsley, Patricia Haley, Michelle Andrea Bowen, Michelle Stimpson, Stacey Hawkins Adams, Angela Benson, and of course, there are my personal writer friends Kendra Norman Bellamy, Tia Mccollors, Sherri Lewis, and Dwan Abrams.
Outside of Christian fiction I frequently read Nicholas Sparks, John Grisham, Toni Morrison, and poetry by Maya Angelou. There are too many wonderful authors to name. Favorite books? It’s hard to narrow it down. Well,I’d have to say the books written by the authors already mentioned. Too many to name, really. I don’t have one particular favorite unless it’s Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. I love Shakespeare and I love romance.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
My journey to publication began with finding a support group of Christian writer folk. I remember praying and asking God to send me atleast one Christian writer acquaintance. He did the exceeding and the abundant by forming a group of ten. We have since outgrown that original number and are now called ACFW-SouthEast Chapter-Visions In Print. We shared critiques, revisions,craft instruction, industry information, encouragement, motivation, etc. We became more than just an interest group but we became friends. My writer-sisters not only helped to inspire me to make my manuscript the best that it could be,but they also helped me to know where to submit, and how to submit my manuscript.
So after much rewriting and prayer, I finally submitted the first four chapters for review. After a few weeks, an editor requested the entire manuscript. So I hustled to perfect it and within about six or eight weeks, I submitted what I hoped would be good enough to be published. I held my breath and said a prayer as I loaded it into the priority mail envelope. A couple of months later, I was pleasantly surprised when my editor called me on a Saturday morning when I had just left a leader’s meeting at church. She introduced herself and within minutes she began to congratulate me, and offered me a publishing contract. Needless to say, I was ecstatic.
Tell us about your current book?
My current release is called The Lovechild which provides a riveting ride through the life of Makaeli Lovechild Hunt, a successful fashion designer who struggles with her biracial identity and her spirituality. Born into a dysfunctional family,and enduring many hardships,she eventually becomes estranged from them. She escapes to Italy where she dives into her career and masks her resentment for her family, for God, and for herself. Finally, a family emergency forces her to face her tumultuous past. In seven life altering days, she discovers what forgiveness really means and amidst crises painful enough to make her turn her back on God forever, she learns what it means to be God’s lovechild.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
The whole concept of The Lovechild came out of me wanting to take a character who was broken and have God heal her spiritually and mentally. So I began to create a young woman who looked great on the outside, but after years of turmoil, had lost faith in God, and was ultimately crumbling on the inside. I think on some level, although the specifics are different, we can all relate to that. I believe that my own personal ministry is dealing with the broken hearted.
List your three most recent books.
The Lovechild is a Christian fiction novel published by Urban Christian, an imprint of Kensington Publishing. It is available wherever books are sold.
The self-published work that I’m most excited about, is Resurrecting Vision:45 Steps To Digging Up Your Destiny And Seeing It Through God’s Eyes. It’s a really awesome book and not because I wrote it but because I’m living it. God began speaking it to me a few years ago and once I got a revelation of it, it became so real in my spirit. It’s now my personal mission to get everyone to seek God for their purpose, to discover their destiny and to be totally fulfilled. I don’t want people to walk around with regrets God already has the perfect plan for each of us if we would only receive it. Anyway, Resurrecting Vision is available at most online retailers like barnes&noble.com, amazon.com, or you can order it directly from my publishing company at goldwritepublishing.com
Then Two Became One is a collection of the most romantic love poems for spouses to share with eachother and that is also available through goldwritepublishing.com
What’s next for you?
The next thing is my second Christian fiction novel, Joy Comes In The Morning and of course preparing for its release. I also plan to spend more time promoting the projects produced through my publishing company, Goldwrite Publishing, mine and those of other authors. In fact, I have manuscripts from a few authors that I’m looking at right now. I would like to do a teen writing camp for next summer and a dramatic poetry group for youth as well. I’d also love to write for television one day.
Where can visitors find you online?
You can find me on line at www.asheagoldson.com, www.myspace.com/asheagoldson, or email@example.com.