Monday, 26 March 2018

Interview & Giveaway with Ashley Pagano, author of Never Fear the Reaper

Now available on Amazon, BN, Kobo, and iTunes from Inkspell Publishing is the paranormal romance Never Fear the Reaper by Ashley Pagano

The author has taken a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk about her her newest book, Never Fear the Reaper.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

I’ve literally always had a wild, rampant imagination so the challenge was just putting it on paper.

What was your first book/story published?

An article about graphic design in my college’s newspaper.

What inspired you to write Never Fear the Reaper?

The idea behind the series was always one I tossed around in my head, a lot. I thought it was such a unique concept because you never hear about such weapons and such superpowers so I thought it would spark interest in readers. I modeled Ryder, the story’s protagonist, against my own personality mixed with the woman I strive to be.

What character in Never Fear the Reaper is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

Definitely Ryder. She has my sassiness, independence, and my strong will.

What is your favorite part in Never Fear the Reaper?

When Ryder tells Chase her back-story, that she’s died once before, encountered the Grim Reaper and seen all his terrifying details, and stolen pieces of his deadly Scythe in order to escape death. When you meet Mister Grim, from her perspective, it’s one you’ve never heard before or can barely fathom.

What was the hardest part to write?

I always knew which climactic scenes I wanted to tie into the story so the most challenging part, as it is for most writers, was getting from one to the next. Linking them together while keeping the nail biting, edge-of-your-seat feeling up.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

Aside from being an Author? Fitness; Crossfit, Insanity, working out, and running are my stress outlets. They always have been. So I’d love to inspire woman by using my personal workouts that I’ve uniquely modified.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

Every writer loves a good review. It is the greatest compliment that you can give us. It makes all the hard work worth it. As for bad reviews, I expect them and I respect them. My books are not for everyone and that is perfectly okay. Honestly, sometimes they’re filled with constructive criticism that can only improve my writing in the future.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

I’m going to be honest, yet cliché, here and say J.K. Rowling for her indescribable imagination and Stephenie Meyer for how she writes about all consuming, challenging, meant-for-each-other love. Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

Yes actually, besides the other two books in this series, I’m in the process of writing a completely different book. It’s another YA, paranormal romance but the characters are much different and there’s more of them. This one takes place in a completely different, inventive setting as well. Can you tell I’m overly excited about it?


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About the Author

Ashley Pagano has always dreamed of being an artist both figuratively and literally. Her love of art was instilled by her mother who always inspired her to be creative either with a paintbrush or with a pen and paper. As far back as she can remember her life was always centered around introspection, storytelling, and imagination. Because she is so artistic, she took to the idea of creative writing very passionately. Her ability to describe a scene, person, or place, she compares to painting a picture, where she can describe every detail vividly in order to make the reader feel like they’re truly living in the story. Her works of writing usually center around a powerhouse female protagonist (which reflect her own personality), who progresses through many wild and extreme obstacles. Ashley loves to write stories that end with a cliffhanger, that leave the reader begging for more and questioning what happens next. Her most recent novel sets the stage for the paranormal romance of the century and includes ghosts, poltergeists, and demons who just love to get in the way of true love. Ashley has won awards for her design, art, and writing.

Ashley doesn’t believe in down time whatsoever and actually loves having a full “To-Do”list. Ashley is a wife to her wonderful husband, Eric and a mother to a beautiful little baby girl named Dakota. She is also a Graphic Designer and a health and fitness coach. Her husband and daughter inspire her to be the best person she can be and encourage her to pursue any of her dreams (no matter how extravagant they may be).

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  1. Thank you to this blog for the intro to Ashley Pagano and her work. Great job...both of you. I am now a fan. (


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