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About the author:
Ashley is currently working on a new writing project that she describes as “possibly risky” but “definitely worth the risk.” She hopes to release this new project before the end of the year.
What inspired you to write your book?
I was trying to think of an idea for a story and eventually this idea for a young, aspiring artist, Jac Prescott, came to me and the story took off from there.
Here is a short sample from the book:
The two arrived at Evangelina’s favorite restaurant in San Diego. It was a lot fancier than Jac had expected. He was used to the booths and fun environment of McDonald’s, while this place had chandeliers, an elegant dining room and everyone was dressed up. All he had on was jeans and a hoodie. “Evangelina, I don’t think I belong here.” he said.
“What?” she asked.
“Everyone’s dressed so nicely, I look homeless compared to these people.” he whispered.
“Hmm.. here, take this.” she said as she took off her blue scarf and wrapped it around him. “Now take off your hoodie.” she instructed.
Jac did as he was told. Now Jac was wearing a plain, white t-shirt and a blue scarf, and somehow looked a little more appropriate for this restaurant. Jac smiled at Evangelina as a waitress escorted the two outside to the veranda and were seated.
“So, do you eat here often?” Jac asked as he glanced at his menu, noticing the unbelievable prices.
“Yup, all the time. The food is amazing.” she said, her eyes lighting up as she looked down at her menu.
Jac noticed something small and shiny sparkling at him. “Hey, that’s a cool necklace.” he blurted out as he spotted a small, heart-shaped charm hanging from a silver chain around Evangelina’s neck.
Evangelina looked up at him as she grabbed the charm in her hand. “Oh, thanks.” she said quietly. Jac continued to watch Evangelina and could see a change in her expression. That noticeable light in her eyes had now become a look of sadness. This time the pain he saw was genuine, not just her being her overly-dramatic self.