Ashley is fascinated by the high Middle Ages in Scotland, England, and Ireland. There are so many world-changing events taking place here from their participation in the Crusades to the Battle of Hastings that formally connected the islands to the continent. Before the Declaration of Arbroath, before William Wallace, before the Doomsday Book, the area was ripe for great events and they never failed to deliver. It is on this combustible backdrop that she creates characters with the same desires and motivations as we have today.
In December 2013 she released her debut novel, The Bruised Thistle, the story of a proud Highlander, Seumas MacDonell, who responded to the papal bull Quantum praedecessores issued by Pope Eugenius III and joined what would be known as the Second Crusade. Like most involved, Seumas romanticized the First Crusade but found the political posturing fell short of his own religious belief. He came back physically injured and mentally broken. It is the love of Iseabail MacNaughton, herself a victim, that renews his zeal and purpose for life. Together they heal their wounds , becoming stronger as one, able to overcome life’s troubles.
When she is not writing , or thinking about writing, or talking about writing, Ashley relaxes by visiting the local pubs listening to live Celtic tunes, participating with her guitar, voice, and whistle. In the words of one of her favorite songs, she enjoys “… singing songs to pass the night away…” in true Irish fashion.