…Where History Takes a Passionate Turn
Two things you should know about Ashley York, author of medieval romance and intrigue right up front. One – I’m a hard-core romantic. I believe true love does exist and once found, can transform your life from a solitary journey into a passionate adventure. Two – I love history with larger than life heroes, chivalrous knights, lords and ladies, castles, manors, battles and conquests. These are the foundations for passionate, medieval romance novels. That’s what I write. There is nothing like the intense emotions sparked between a driven, hard-working medieval knight and a beautiful damsel in a quandary.
It only makes sense that I use my MA in History and all those research techniques to create romantic characters from the past. Although my works are fiction, I like to incorporate authentic places, events, and people to peak the reader’s interest. I use real history but with an artistic flare. I love research, especially from primary documents, and could get lost in them! You’ll discover a world of fiction wrapped around historical people and events in my stories. Some events you may recognize and some are just from my imagination.
I’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 permanently 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 create characters with the same desires and motivations as we have today.
As an indie author, I work hard at my own promotion and marketing. I always appreciate a favorable review 😉 but I also enjoy promoting other authors. Writing is a very solitary occupation. That’s why you’ll often see me spotlighting other authors. This July I’ll be promoting genres of the 1800’s with some of my very favorite authors and friends: Collette Cameron, Kathleen Bittner Roth, Alannah Lucas, Gina Dann, and Lana Williams.
Naturally I also promote medieval authors like Catherine Kean, Jenna Jaxon, Mary Morgan, Sarah Woodbury with genres like romance, paranormal, suspense-they just need to take place during the middle ages. You can also find me at different places and hosting different authors with Medieval Mondays.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy cooking. It’s relaxing and I always like to find something new and easy. On Fridays I share simple recipes from different authors with Foody Friday. Sometimes entrees. Sometimes desserts. Sometimes snacks. Always delicious.
Check out my website. Sign up for my newsletter. Be sure to come by again.