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About the author:
Ashley published her GLBT novel, “A Melody in Harmony,” in July 2013.
What inspired you to write your book?
The idea was suggested to me a few times and I just wasn’t sure how I would go about writing it. After watching popular gay couples on TV and also seeing the hate and bigotry that still exists in the world, I decided I had to do it.
Here is a short sample from the book:
Noah and Ronan sat together on a bench in the park, taking some much-needed downtime on a Saturday afternoon before work that evening.
A little boy suddenly ran up near the bench and started picking some dandelions. “Mommy?” the boy asked his mother, who was approaching.
“Yes, hun?” the mother asked.
“Mommy, I want to put these in my room!” the little boy squealed.
“Honey, you’re a boy. Boys don’t have flowers in their rooms. Now put those down and come on.” the mother said, gesturing for him to follow her as they walked away.
Noah and Ronan watched on in shock before they suddenly heard voices. Two old women sat on the bench across from them and were chatting amongst themselves, yet loudly enough for the guys to hear.
“Flowers for his room? He’s a boy. He’s going to grow up to be gay!” one woman said.
“I know. But that mother is raising him right. Get him a football, not dandelions!” the other woman responded.
Noah and Ronan couldn’t believe what they were hearing. Noah looked over at Ronan and could see his anger brewing. The last thing Noah wanted was for Ronan to confront them, so he decided to take matters into his own hands — literally.
“Come on,” Noah smiled, grabbing Ronan’s hand and getting up from the bench.
Ronan gave in and walked hand-in-hand with Noah as they walked passed the old women.
“Have a nice day, ladies.” Noah smiled at them before giving Ronan a quick peck on the lips and walking off. The two women looked on in disgust, but Noah and Ronan didn’t look back and just continued walking.
Noah waited until they were far enough away from them before saying, “And that’s how it’s done.”