Today, please give a warm welcome to Ashlyn Kane, a Spotlight Author who’s very well travelled! Also, probably the only person so far (other than me) who’s shown any interest in karaoke. Ashlyn, I’m sure we can find somewhere in Manchester offering karaoke on a Saturday night 😉
Hi, I’m Ashlyn Kane! I’m a trained high school English and mathematics teacher who, due to Unforeseen Circumstances, hasn’t spent much time actually teaching. But that’s okay because I have my hands full editing, writing, and traveling. I currently live in Germany with my husband, Brandon, and several thousand dust bunnies.
I tend not to take myself too seriously, and my writing style often comes across as tongue-in-cheek. I’m interested in amateur photography. In real life I have this really poorly hidden desire to be the center of attention, which usually results in impromptu karaoke.
2) Tell us something about you that might come as a surprise!
I went to my first writers’ conference when I was six. When I was sixteen, I was part of a choir that performed in Disney World. I’ve lived in three different countries. My purse could double as a Mary Poppins bag—I’ve always got a ton of stuff stashed in there, like random cutlery and a flashlight and about seven different pens. But they’re always nice pens, because I’m very picky about my writing implements.
3) What do you like most about the LGBTQ genre?
I love that I get to write the stories as I see them and don’t have to worry about censoring them for closed minds. Don’t get me wrong—I think LGBTQ fiction is becoming more mainstream, and I’m thrilled to be part of that process, because it’s an important step toward social justice. But in the meantime, people actually buy and read and enjoy my books, which gives me an excuse to keep writing them.
4) What are you most looking forward to about UK Meet?
Meeting new people! I haven’t always been good at making new friends, but it’s something I’ve really come to enjoy. I’ve only been to one professional author event, but it was so much fun to meet and connect with people. I think we tend to be a friendly and diverse group, and there’s always a new TV show obsession or indie flick to share. Plus, I’m addicted to co-writing, so maybe I’ll meet another coauthor.
5) If you had one wish which would come true at UK Meet, what would that be?
That I will walk down the street and run into Benedict Cumberbatch!
No, honestly, I’ve no idea. I hope someone will talk to me about writing. That’s really all I want.