What’s your name or pen name?
What are your genres?
My genre is predominantly Christian fiction. However, I also write women’s fiction, inspirational non-fiction, poetry, children’s books, and inspirational screenplays.
What have you written?
As far as novels are concerned, I have written The Lovechild, Joy Comes In The Morning, Count It All Joy, Let Joy Arise, and my latest release is Scorched. I have written two volumes of poetry, one children’s book, and one screenplay which was released as an independent full length feature film this year. I am also about to release Resurrecting The Real Me, a non-fiction book about finding your purpose.
When did you begin your writing career?
Although I couldn’t tell you a date when I began to write seriously, I guess I could say it officially began when I signed my first traditional publishing contract in 2007. My first book was released in 2008.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?
I have recently transitioned into full time writing. Previously, I had worked a full-time day job, where I was a business owner and educator. I wrote in the evenings, on weekends, holidays, vacations, in the car, whenever and wherever I could, etc.
What’s your writing process? (Number of days you write per week, a.m. or p.m., specific music you play while writing, or anything else that you feel is a vital part of your creative process.)
I try to write every day, although there have been some days that have not worked out that way. I prefer to write early in the day, although on occasion I get inspired to write late at night. When I’m writing usually I prefer total silence. Sometimes, however I need worship music to help me with the spiritual element, or romantic music if I’m writing a love scene.
No, I don’t keep a journal. I used to when I was much younger but I haven’t in the past twenty years.
What’s your inspiration?
Writing is unequivocally my calling so therefore I am compelled to write. I can only say that God gives me that push and that creative flow so that I can share the gift with others.
What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?
I hope to leave a legacy of God’s love being the number one source of restoration, healing, peace, and overall satisfaction. Nothing can separate us from His love and I hope that my books carry on that message forever.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I have so much advice but I will try to narrow it down to what I believe are the top three of the most important things.
Since completing the manuscript is just the beginning, don’t forget to market your book.
An author must study the craft in order to realize his or her strengths and weaknesses, and therefore be able to grow as an author.
An author must be well read in various genres in order to know what good literature actually is.
What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?
I have quite an extensive book collection so: In terms of Christian fiction I have books by fellow authors, like Reshonda Tate Billingsley, Victoria Christopher Murray, Rhonda Mcknight, Tia McCollors, Sherri Lewis, Shawneda Marks, Shana Burton, Stacy Hawkins Adams, Kendra Norman, Dwan Abrams, Tyora Moody, and Dee Stewart, aka Miranda Parker (rest in peace) along with many others. However, I also have books on my bookshelf from other genres as well. I enjoy the classics, like books by Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Jane Austen, Langston Hughes, Shakespeare, etc. Then there are books on my shelf by John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Eric Jerome Dickey, just to name a few. I also love non- fiction so I also read books by Pastor Creflo Dollar, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Joyce Myers, Dr. Myles Monroe, Joel Olsteen, etc.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently completing novel #6, When Kingdom Comes. I am also writing two screenplays simultaneously.
Latest release and book blurb?
My latest release is Scorched. Nila, a beautiful Indian girl, still bears the scars from the fire that claimed her abusive husband’s life. When she finds herself accused of murder, will Malcolm be able to save her from her mother-in-law’s fury, or will she, in law and love, be burned again?
Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?
The main character in Scorched is Nila who is beautiful, courageous, and resilient. If she had to be cast in a movie, perhaps I would want Rosario Dawson or Vanessa Hudgens.
How can we purchase your work?
My books may be purchased wherever books are sold, including Black Expressions Book Club.
How can we stay in touch with you?
- Featured Author Ashea Goldson (pharperjohnson.wordpress.com)
- Book Review for “Daylight in Blossom” Christian Fiction (authorjodiwoody.com)
- Question/Poll (page 1) (hopeofglory.typepad.com)