Ashley Shelby presents Publishing Confidential, a workshop on the Publishing Industry. We asked Ashley five questions, here’s what she has to say….
Describe your writing style in 10 words or less
Twain trying to be Dickens while channeling John McPhee.
Describe the earliest experience you can remember where you learned language had power?
I understood the power of language as soon as my father began reading stories to me at bedtime. It was like walking into your nighttime dreams early–and words were the vehicle that got you there.
What is your writing kryptonite?
People in the house. I cannot write when my kids or husband are in the house, no matter how quiet they are. I need to be totally, utterly alone in order to hear my characters speak.
What is your dream project?
I would love to write an epic novel of 1980s Minneapolis, focusing especially on the great investigative journalism of that period, both print and broadcast.
What are some of your hobbies?
As a parent-writer, I have not been able to indulge in many hobbies, as any extra moments are spent writing. So my hobbies are those I share with my family: basketball, piano, Lego world-building, gardening.
“Publishing Confidential: A crash course on agents, queries, proposals, and the changing publishing landscape”
join us on Sunday, November 5th 2:00-4:00pm.
Ashley Shelby is a prize-winning writer whose fiction and essays have appeared in Slate, The Seattle Review, The Portland Review, Los Angeles Review, J Journal: New Writings on Social Justice, LitHub, Sonora Review, Post Road, Southeast Review, Third Coast, and other literary outlets.
She’s received the Red Hen Press Short Fiction Award, the Enizagam Short Story Award, the Third Coast Fiction Prize, and was recently named a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her debut novel, South Pole Station, published in July, has received praise from The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Time, Library Journal, LitHub, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and Bookpage. It was also named a New York Times Editor’s Pick and an Indie Next Pick.
Visit www.ashleyshelby.com for more information