Ash Leigh Virdell

Dearest readers,
I remember where it started. 

In my third grade classroom in Ft. Worth, Texas, there
was a little box sitting on the windowsill. We were
supposed to put a note card in the box for every book we
read that year. I've never been competitive, but for some
reason I took this particular assignment as a challenge.
By the end of the school year I had read over one hundred
books and my box was filled to the brim.

My obsession didn't end with the conclusion of the assignment. The more I read the more I had the desire to create a story of my own. I was twelve years old when I finished writing my first novel - and it was horrible. I mean, come on y'all, I was twelve. Nevertheless, it was an unbelievably magical experience. Spinning entire worlds and vivid characters out of thin air with just the power of my words? I was a magical sorcerer princess.

Since then I have written countless stories of varying quality levels in a variety of genres, mainly young adult though I've admittedly begun dabbling in the new adult genre.
I moved to rainy, rural Oregon at the age of thirteen, attended Grand Canyon University and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature at the age of twenty-one, and returned to my home state of Texas shortly thereafter. 

To state the obvious, my interests involve writing and reading. I also love dancing, singing, and acting. I especially enjoy musical theatre and attend a production whenever I get the chance. I have a "mild" obsession with Marvel and enjoy science-fiction shows like Firefly and Dark Matter as well as many anime.

If there is anyone who deserves thanks for the good things in my life, I have to give credit to my mother, to my fiancé, and to God. My mother taught me everything I know about finding beauty in the little moments of life, as well as how instilling within me the courage it takes to be kind in the face of adversity. My fiancé reminds me to take life one day at a time, and encourages me every day to be fully myself in my all my strangeness. To God, I owe everything else. I look to Him in times of calm and storm and rely on His guidance daily.

More than anything, I want my writing to inspire people to become the person they want to be, bless them with an adventure they might not have otherwise had, teach them more about humanity in general and how we relate to each other, and above all offer a truly magical escape - an escape they can come away from with more understanding and confidence in themselves than ever before.