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Author spotlight: Leah Ashton

8 February 2020

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting Leah Ashton. She will be attending ARR2020 in Perth.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

I was around 23 or 24 when I first started to write, but I didn’t finish a book until I was 29.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

I read a lot of romance in my teenage years, but Karen Robards’ book One Summer (a romantic suspense) was a book I adored.

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

I tried to write a women’s fiction novel a few years ago, but I put it aside as it wasn’t that good! I read romance 98% of the time, so I think it makes sense that it’s what I love to write 😊

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

Ooh, this is a fun one! I’d pick the first book in my WASP series, Undaunted, and I’d have Henry Cavill as Nate and Riley Keough as Lou.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

All of it? 😊 But if I had to choose, I find beginnings particularly difficult as it takes me a while to get going and really know my characters and my story. It probably takes me as long to write my opening three chapters as it does to write the rest of the book.

What is your favourite place to write?

For the past few years I’ve been writing at my kitchen bench or at the library—but I’ve just today ordered a new desk! So once that arrives, I hope my new desk will be my favourite place, otherwise that was a colossal waste of money! 😊

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

Not really, but there are bits and pieces of people I admire (or loathe!) in all my heroes, heroines and villains.

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

I read a lot of historical romance when I need a break from romantic suspense, and I LOVED LOVED Laura Lee Guhrke’s And Then He Kissed Her. I don’t think I can define why I loved it, other than it was sexy, SO romantic, and it was that rare book that I became lost in, and desperately didn’t want to end. The heroine is also very clever and independent—my favourite type!

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Relentless is a standalone WASP police team romantic suspense featuring a brooding bodyguard hero, a smart tech-guru heroine who’d rather he’d go away—and one intense night of intrigue, betrayal, lust and heart-stopping suspense!

What else will you be working on in 2020?

In 2020 I’ll be writing books 4 to 6 in my WASP Police Team series, and then either starting a new military team series, or seeing where the WASP team takes me next 😊

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.


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