Heather Ashley

My journey of becoming an author started late summer/early fall of 2012, when I first planned to write an astrology book. That November, I came up with an idea for a novel, based on some of my personal truths. I chose writing a fiction book over a memoir, since I felt I’d needed to create a story. In 2013, I decided to move forward with my motivational novel.

The book’s inspiration came in three parts: the loss of my mother and the future 20 year anniversary of her death (which was 2015), the struggles of feeling a strong sense of purpose and not getting anywhere in life besides where I would physically move or travel to, and finally creating a love story to compliment Valentine’s Day, the day my mom passed away on.  By early 2014, I had all three of these components in mind and I set my book into two sections: Destiny and Love. Destiny is more of the motivational, self-help content, and Love is mainly just the story, or part of it anyway. At this point, I had only pieces written and maybe a couple chapters complete. Anytime I had a quote or part to add to the book, I would save it to a page that I labeled “additions.”  In August of 2014, I probably wrote more than half of the book’s content and put all the pieces that I’d already written together. By early September 2014, I sent my manuscript to Balboa Press, my publisher.

When people ask me how long it took to write my book, it’s hard to give an exact amount of time since I wrote in pieces and at various times. It didn’t take me that long, if I had to count the actual days. What took time was the evolution of the book. In the beginning, I didn’t have the complete story. Putting things in perspective, from the initial idea to my book’s publication, it took me less than three years. To me, it felt longer because the book had been a long time coming. I just didn’t know it until 2013, when this path really illuminated to me.

I’m so excited for my book The Lone Gypsy to finally be out in the world. Soon I will start writing its sequel. Thank you so much for your interest. I hope you will continue to check back with me for more information about this book, as well as updates on my next.