My First Post

Hello Everyone,

Today is launch day for my website, and I couldn’t be more proud to be publishing my first blog to commemorate this day.

Hopefully, since you have all come to my blog page, you will have also checked out the other pages on my website. I highly encourage everyone to sign up for my subscriptions, follow me on all the social media and keep in touch.

I can’t wait to have fans for my soon-to-be-published book Through the Silent Forest. I can’t wait to talk to you all about my characters and see your fan art. So please, reach out. 

When I first started writing Through the Silent Forest back in 2017, I never thought that I’d end up with my own author website or about to publish my project.

You see, I was always a reader. I never saw myself as a writer.

I was the kid in class who hated when we had to read out loud, and every kid had to read a paragraph going around the room. I hated that the reading was so slow and that it would take forever to get to me. So especially if I liked the book, I’d keep reading, and when they called on me, telling me it was my turn, I’d be seven pages ahead and have no idea where they were at.

 As I have grown as a reader, I have also grown as a writer. 

From some of my favorite childhood books, such as The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, to Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, I learned that I craved fantasy and adventure in my life.

From some of my favorite adult series, such as Kushiel’s Dart by Jaqueline Carey and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, I learned that I craved the all-new worlds that I could create.

 I have read so many books in my favorite genres ( fantasy, adventure, romance, YA, sci-fi, and the like) that I could give book recommendations all day, every day, and never run out of books to talk about.

Reading all these books for years, I was always amazed by the authors and their talents. I never thought I’d become one of them.

It all started with a half thought that comes to you at night when your so exhausted and your brain is just going a million miles per hour. And you want to sleep, but your mind jumps from this to that, and just as your almost asleep, something odd slips by you, and you don’t really think about it. You just go to bed.

Well, that thought was still there the next morning, between tossing and turning and half dreams and ideas.

For J.k Rowling, it was her trip on the train, wondering what magical world it would lead to. For me, it was wondering what sort of adventure a girl could have if she was reckless enough to follow a black cat into the woods.

This idea that was half-formed seemed to linger there. Bouncing around in my brain until I spun it out, teased and stretched it, and finally thought I should write this down.

Armed with the knowledge my favorite fantasy books had been providing me for years and an idea, I decided to embark on my own writing adventures.

I started writing my books for no one but me. I had an idea, I needed an outlet, and so I began to write and never looked back. From that moment to this, my writing and my drafts and the final edits of my final edits have changed dramatically.

When I finished them, I knew that though I’d selfishly created this world for my own enjoyment that there would be readers like me out there that would enjoy it too.

Readers that would disappear the moment Gandalf knocked on their door to take them on an adventure. Readers who melt away into the pages of books and are surprised when they look up and realize they’re still sitting in their living room.

So here I am today, launching my website and beginning the first editing stages that will soon have my book published, to transport you all to a world that I’ve created that I hope you all love as I do.

Here’s to launch day. Here’s to the future of inspired dreams, and here’s to you dear readers and fans.

Keep in touch!

Ashley

Published by Ashley L Castillo

Ashley L. Castillo is a fantasy author with a passion for crafting unique worlds and fantastical adventures. As a lifelong fan of all things fantasy, Ashley loves to read books packed with mermaids, vampires, fairies and all kinds of mythical creatures. She hopes to entertain and inspire her readers by writing captivating novels with awe-inspiring settings and loveable characters. Ashley was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. When not writing or reading, she enjoys traveling with her husband Josh and their three pets Bailey, Thomas and Kitten.

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