About Ashley York

Welcome to my website! Let me tell you a little about myself.

I have wanted to be a writer since the sixth grade. My first story was a mystery and I discovered that my classmates loved it and it kept them guessing. I was a voracious reader, even at a young age, and loved the history in the novels I picked up. I was so enthralled with that history that I decided to get my MA in History.

Although all my works are fiction, I often like to incorporate authentic places, events, and people to increase the reader’s enjoyment. One of the more valuable lessons I have learned as a writer is the importance of using real history with the flare of artistic license. I love research, especially from primary documents. You’ll discover a world of fiction wrapped around historical people and events! I don’t write history books. I write romance books.  Some events you may recognize and some are just from my imagination.

scan0001I’m 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 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 I creates characters with the same desires and motivations as we have today.

I live in New England with my husband and three very spoiled animals. We have three adult children living in the area and I do love spending time all together and one on one.

When I’m not writing , or thinking about writing, or talking about writing, I like to visit the local pubs that have “sessions” which are just musicians getting together to share their love of  Celtic music.  Different players, different venues, different tunes – always enjoyable. I sing and play guitar some. I’m just learning to play the whistle.  In the words of one of my favorite songs, I enjoy “… singing songs to pass the night away…” in true Irish fashion.

Thanks for stopping by.