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 think I was fourteen when I read a book that started with this tremendously violent scene that meant absolutely nothing to me but I enjoyed the characters and the story line. That one turned out to be set during the French Revolution! History in the public schools was not exactly…riveting :) so I decided to get my MA and become a History teacher but I would teach it differently. My students would learn about the people from the past not as some strange alien weirdos but as people just like them. Then a lightbulb moment—I realized what I had learned would help me write the books I had loved so much. 

Although all 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 so my books are “where history takes a passionate turn.” 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.

Ashley YorkI’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 create characters with the same desires and motivations as we have today.

I live in New England with my husband and three very spoiled animals. My favorite pastime is spending time together as a family.  I also enjoying spending one on one time with each of my three children.

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 Irish 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.