Author Spotlight: AshTMI17

Hallo lovelies! Here is yet another pretty spiffy writer for you to check out.  (Pst…she actually wrote an OUAT fic that I’m about to go check out too!!!)

This chick wrote the sweetest and fluffiest TMI fic I have ever read and it made my heart go nuts. Seriously. She’s brilliant at writing sweetness-I swear I got a cavity. :) So yeah, she’s pretty awesome and you should read on to see what she’s got to say.

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
I’m AshTMI17, also known as Ashlee.

So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m 25 years old and currently in law school. I love writing, reading, playing with my dogs, and hanging out with my friends. I’m a simple kind of girl – I enjoy the little things in life.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
I’m a law student so I don’t have a lot of spare time. With what time I do have, I love to hang out with my friends and my dog, Scooby. I also love to read and obviously write.

What are some things you never leave home without?
I never leave home without my phone – it’s basically attached to my hip! Also, my epi-pen, cause I’m deathly allergic to bees and peanuts. Oh, and chapstick! And Sobe Lifewater because I may have a small addiction to it.

What are some of your favorite books?
I’m a complete bookworm. I have too many favorites to count. I love the TMI series, the TID series, the Divergent series, The Hunger Games series, anything by Nicholas Sparks, Wicked, Gone Girl, The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights, and the Harry Potter series, among so many others.

Favorite TV shows and movies?
My favorite TV shows are Once Upon a Time, NCIS:LA, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago PD, Girl Meets World, Gotham, Pretty Little Liars and How to Get Away With Murder. Some of my favorite movies are all of The Hunger Games movies, the Harry Potter movies, The Breakfast Club, and Pitch Perfect.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?

  1. Hilary Clinton because I admire that she is a strong, powerful woman who has done so much good for the world. She puts up with a lot of crap and never lets it get to her. She’s intelligent, strong, and inspiring for me.
  2. Jennifer Lawrence because she’s funny and seems like she’d be a great person to be stranded on an island with. She’d keep me entertained for sure!
  3. Bradley Cooper because… well, eye candy is always fun.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
London. It’s always been my dream to go there. I have a slight (or not so slight) obsession with the Tudors, and I’ve always wanted to see the Tower of London and all of the other sights. I was a history major in college and so the history of Europe in general fascinates me.

Do you have any pet peeves?
Heavy breathing. I know way too many people who are loud breathing and for some reason it’s like nails on a chalkboard to me.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
My favorite food is my mom’s beef stroganoff. Yummy. For comfort food, I love pasta, ice cream and pizza. Healthy, right? I also LOVE Jimmy John’s subs.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
My house always smells like vanilla. I love it.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I love all types of music. I’m especially fond of country music, but I will listen to everything except for heavy metal and most rap (exception: Eminem – I love him).

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
Ummmm, I have vivid dreams that I always remember. Sometimes when I wake up it takes me a few minutes to come back to reality.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Vanilla – I don’t know, I’ve just always been a vanilla girl.
Silver or gold? Silver, honestly I don’t know why.
Apple or PC? Apple! I got my first Mac before law school, and I’ll never go back. So much more reliable and it still works as well as it did two years ago. Not something I could say about any PC ever.
White wine or red wine? White. Red is too bitter for me, I like sweet wine like Moscato.
Liquor or beer? Liquor – I hate the taste of beer.
Coffee or tea?  Both!
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in. I swear, I’m nocturnal. If it was up to me, I’d sleep all day and be up all night.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
All my stories so far have been The Mortal Instruments. I just started a Once Upon a Time story as well. Those are my favorites to read as well.

What kind of environment do you write in?
I usually write in my apartment, with music or TV in the background.

Ever write in your PJs?
Almost always.

How bout naked?
Um, I don’t think I’ve done that yet!

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I make most of it up. Things I wish would have happened in my life. But I also get inspiration from books, other fanfics, TV, or just things I experience.

Do I put real life into my stories?
Not really, I usually make it all up. Sometimes I base out of character personalities on friends or family. My life is pretty boring, it wouldn’t make a good story.

Do you write on a schedule?
No, just whenever I have time.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I usually write whatever comes to me. Most of the time I have a vague idea of what I want to do with the story, but the actual writing is usually stream of consciousness.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
No… should I?

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I don’t know if one is easier than others. But I tend to write happy, feel good stories because those are the ones I like to read. When I read sad or angsty FanFiction, I have such respect for those writers, but I don’t really have any interest in writing that stuff. I like writing happy endings. I’m not good with purposeful humor. I think I write some things that are naturally funny, but if I try to be funny it doesn’t work.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Finding the time to write.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
My chapters are numbered because I can never think of titles. As for story titles, I don’t put too much thought into it – whatever comes to mind.

Which character do you identify with the most?
I think I identify with various aspects of different characters. I really relate to Clary Fray because we both were forced to grow up and leave our “bubbles” pretty suddenly and were thrown into new, overwhelming lives. I sometimes feel inadequate and alone like Emma Swan. I think that is why I like TMI and OUAT FanFiction, because I feel like I relate to those characters.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
My favorite story in all aspects is Forever and Always. It’s just happy and uplifting and gives me good feels. I think it does the same for other people, which makes me happy.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
No, no one in my family even knows I write.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
My favorite episode of OUAT is the season 3 finale. When Emma and Killian kissed, my little shipper heart nearly exploded. City of Heavenly Fire is my fave book in the TMI series.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
Someone told me that they were feeling really down and then they read one of my stories and cheered up. That was a good moment for me.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
I’m good with it. If it’s constructive, I listen. If it’s mean or obnoxious, I ignore it. As Taylor Swift says, “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
I love how passionate people are about the characters. But sometimes I think people take it too seriously and don’t appreciate that others have fun with it.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Just do it. If you want to write, write. And enjoy it. Don’t care about what others think.

Have any recommendations?
Project Marriage/ Project Carrot is one of my faves. I also like The Beauty is the Beast and The Journey of Life. Those are all TMI fanfics.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
Um, nowhere other than FanFiction. I don’t really have an online profile at all. I like to keep the mystery.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!

 

So yeah-go check her out…Her fic Forever and Always\ (I spotlighted it here) is super adorable and College Life (soon to be spotlighted) is pretty sweet as well. Go check them out and leave her some love!!

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