Hello there, friends!
It’s been two months since the publication of Haywood Micaye. I want to use this blog post to catch you all up to speed with everything that has happened since release day, and also to tell you about some project ideas I have for the future. But before that, I would like to take a moment to urge you all to drop a review on Amazon or Goodreads if you’ve purchased the novel, read it, and loved it. Or even if you didn’t love it. I’d love to hear from you all, and one of the easiest ways for you to tell me and everyone else what you think of the book is to leave a review.
And now that my shameless plug is out of the way… Let’s talk about the exciting news!
It’s always been a dream of mine to see my name on a bookshelf, and I can now say that this dream has become a reality. I’ve partnered with Skylark Bookshop in Columbia, Missouri, and they now carry my novel in their local author section in their store. It isn’t enough to say how flattered and excited I am about this. I’m incredibly proud of this achievement.
In a perfect world several years away from now, I can only dream that my books will be stocked in stores across the nation. But for now, if you want to support local business and are in the Columbia area, stop by Skylark and pick up your copy of my book today! Of course, they also have an awesome selection of other titles. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find several new authors to love.
Another exciting bit of news: I had the honor to participate in an interview with a local magazine in Columbia, Missouri called CoMo Living. A friend of mine who works with the magazine wanted to do a piece about my book and my writing process. This was my first “official” interview as a writer, and I have to say, it was a lot of fun to do. The questions were fairly unique, and tailored to my book specifically, so we got to talk about the story in a very individualized manner. I shared the link on my Facebook page, but in case you missed it or want to read it again, have a read: http://comolivingmag.com/2019/02/13/shelf-life-haywood-micaye/
I’m thrilled with what has been happening so far with Haywood Micaye in the time after publication, and beyond that I’m so happy that the book is finding an audience. I’m in the process of submitting it for a few literary contests to see if anything happens with that (eek!). I’m also looking at some other literary journals in an attempt to find a home for my most recent project… a novella!
The novella is something I’ve been working with for a while, off and on, and now it’s at a point where I’m sending it out to some editors before sending it on to journals. I’ll talk more about the piece in a later post, but essentially it’s sort of a ghost story that takes place in a gated coastal community in Maryland. None of it is actually based on a true story, save for the fact that I visited the community, but it’s been a lot of fun to work with, and I hope to see something great come out of it in the later months of this year. Keep on the lookout for a more thorough post about the story!
Finally, next month I’m scheduled to take part of a few events in celebration of National Poetry Month. In particular, I will be reading once again at the Poetspeak even in Rolla, Missouri, and at the Oh Snap! Open Mic Poetry Night in Camdenton, Missouri. I’ll put the dates and locations of these events on my “Where’s Ashlynne” page for your review. I highly encourage you to come out if you can to these events. I will be reading with numerous other poets from all different backgrounds at both of these events, and I’ll also be reading some new material at both of them.
That’s it for my updates for now! I’ll put the event information up later on tonight for you all. Thanks for taking a minute to check in on me and see what’s new!
Until next time,