Hello, my lovely followers! Time for me to answer your questions! Since there were so many, I’m going to divide the questions and answers into two posts.
Oh my gosh, you guys asked the WACKIEST questions. To say I loved all of them would be an understatement! And I couldn’t believe how many people asked questions – I honestly didn’t think I’d have enough questions for an entire post! You guys are the BEST!
Basically, I couldn’t narrow them down to just a few (and I thought it’d be rude), so here are my answers to ALL of your questions. You can read them all or you can just find your questions. Lady Catherine will never know. ; )
Victoria Nightsky asked:
How would you try to sell a refrigerator to an Eskimo?
“Hello, kind sir, I see you have nowhere to put your freshly-harvested meat. I mean, anywhere works because it’s cold everywhere here, but wouldn’t you like a special box to put it in??? You can keep it cold in your… already… cold… igloo? Yeah, maybe it’s not a great idea, but look – it’s got a handle. And you can make it talk like this – see? HELLO. MY NAME IS… FRIDRIS ELBA.”
If you could invite seven people for dinner, dead, alive, real, or fictional, who would they be?
Oh goodness. Hmm. I’d probably invite Lin Manuel Miranda, Remus Lupin from Harry Potter, Levi from Fangirl, Balthazar Jones from Lovely Little Losers, Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games, Neal from Landline, Mac from Eight Cousins, and Domhnall Gleeson. Yep. (Goodness, those are all my favorite book characters and favorite celebrities, but they’re all also my current crushes. GOSH, THAT’D BE SO AWKWARD BUT SO AMAZING.)
Would you rather have a pink dragon or a sparkly unicorn?
A pink dragon, and I’d name it Ciara (after the dragon in the book I wrote when I was younger, duh), and we’d fly around the world together and it’d be awesome.
Would you rather have a lead role in a Broadway musical you don’t like, or be an extra in a movie you love?
Wow. I had to think about this one for a while, but I think I’d go with the lead role in a Broadway play. At the very least, it’d give me experience as an actress and get my name out there. (Whereas if I were an extra in a movie I love, I’d spend the entire time looking for the actors and give them hugs. Which is why I specifically did NOT go be an extra while they were filming Civil War. HA.)
Naomi Bennet asked:
Are you going to publish a second book? (That was a hint.)
HA. Thank you. Yes, as a matter of fact, I am. (You can find all of the information about it here.) I’m gonna try to get an agent and go the traditional route, though, so I have no idea when that’ll happen. I’m in the final editing stages right now (I actually worked on it a lot this morning), and then it’ll go out to beta readers while I look for an agent. Exciting stuff!
What’s your favourite Messy Monday?
Oh gosh. I love all of them!!! I really can’t decide. I love all of the relationship ones, though, and the ones about Christians are great, too. And I really like Brother Brother Time.
Have you ever met any famous people?
A few, yeah! Let me think… Well, I once spent a whole week with Rusty Martin (the guy from Courageous) at a college thing, and I allllmost met Hunter Hayes at a concert. I stage door at every Broadway show I go to (Wicked on Broadway, Newsies, Les Miserables, etc), so I get to meet a lot of those people (including the entire original Broadway cast of Cinderella, including Santino Fontana, who played Hans in a little movie called Frozen). Let’s seeeeeeee… I’ve also met an Olympic gold medalist and volunteered at the place where The Patriot was filmed, so that half counts, right? I think that’s it. : P
Have you seen Downton Abbey? (You should.)
I haven’t! I heard that every character dies, so I don’t want to get sucked into that. I suffer enough emotional drama at the hands of fictional characters as it is. 😄 (I’d like to watch it at some point in the future, though!)
- Have you ever met anyone famous? (Whoops, just saw Naomi commented the exact same thing. I don’t care. I’m keeping it anyway.)
See the previous answer. 🙂 (Of course, I should be constantly meeting tons of people when my book becomes an NY Times Bestseller. *wink*).
- What movie are you excited for in 2016? (Oh wait, that’s a stupid question. #civilwar) Okay, apart from Civil War what movie are you excited for?
Okay, Civil War is the one I’m probably most excited about. 😄 It’s gonna be so feelsy but SO GOOD!!! Other than that – Finding Dory, Hail, Caesar!, Rogue One, Star Trek Beyond, Moana, the next Bourne film that’s supposed to come out apparently?!?!, Doctor Strange, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Such a wide variety of genres, but thus is my life. : P.
- Pencils or pens? I’m a serious pencil addict, so I wondered what you wrote with. Or maybe you prefer to type?
HMMMM. Such a hard question! When I started seriously writing in 2009, I was a major pencil person. (I wrote so much that I got a dent in my finger, and it’s still there today. #weirdfactsaboutAshley) Now I mostly work on novels&such on my laptop, but when I write in notebooks (ideas and Bible verses and song quotes and journaling &etc) I use pens. I really like a certain set of pens a friend gave me for Christmas two years ago..
- Do you listen to Adventures in Odyssey?
I DO! I buy the albums regularly (with a coupon, of course), or I’ll ask for them for Christmas. I’ve been listening basically since I was born (okay, maybe not quite that long). I’m still not over Mitch’s fake death and when he came back – ENGAGED TO SOMEONE OTHER THAN CONNIE?! WHAT THE HECK?! I ship Connie and Jason now, though, even though Jason is probably a lot older than her… (Heh… heh…) I love the stories, and I looooove all of the characters. We quote it a lot, too. Jared was my favorite of the older characters (hello, he’s like a CIA kid!) and I think Barrett is my favorite one now. NO, WAIT. It’s Buck Oliver (Meltsner). He’s just… GAH. I’m in the middle of Album 58 (The Ties That Bind) right now. So good! My dream is to at least intern at Focus On The Family and help write an episode. *sighs dreamily* Anyway. #AIOfangirl.
- Have you ever been to a wonder of the world? (Pyramids, Eiffel Tower… Comiccon?)
Well, I consider myself to be a wonder of the world, so… : P jk. I’ve never been outside the US, actually! I live in Georgia, and the farthest west I’ve been is Houston, Texas, and the farthest north I’ve been is NYC (which I think should be a wonder of the world). Does Disney World count??? I went when I was six, but HEY we got tickets for Christmas so we’re going again next month! (There will be multiple blog posts about that.).
- AND FINALLY: WHY ARE YOU A FANGIRL?!?!?!
Hahahaha. I knew somebody would ask this. I said I didn’t have good reasons, but then I remembered that I wrote an entire blog post about it once (on another blog which is now dead, lol). Basically the updated version is that I’m a fangirl because I’m passionate about a lot of things (non-fandom things), and that often shifts over to the fandom realm. I rarely don’t get passionate about books, movies, or TV shows, and I love it. I also think that being a fangirl has given me a greater capacity to love other things (such as my friends, family, and God), and it’s definitely rubbed off on other people. So… yeah. : )
Katelyn (2sistersphotos) asked:
- How is your writing coming?
FANTASTICALLY! Thanks for asking! I’m currently editing the thirteenth chapter, which means I only have five to go. Then it’ll be off to the beta readers! Even if I don’t work on editing it for a while, I’m constantly thinking through things (and adding to my Pinterest board).
- Any big plans for this year?
Besides our dream plan of moving in together? 😄 Actually, yes. A few vacations, mayyyybe a trip to Maryland for a CollegePlus gathering, building a house, and graduating from college. (Not to mention all of my prospective writing ideas…) WOOT. 2016 is gonna be a huge year for me, and I’m so excited.
- Favorite fandoms? ( I know some already, but I like asking :D)
I know you do. ; ) Well, there’s my Broadway obsession (which encompasses everything – Wicked, Phantom, Les Mis, Newsies, Daddy Long Legs, Cinderella, Little Women, HAMILTON…), Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, CandleWasters (Nothing Much to Do and Lovely Little Losers), Harry Potter, Disney (and Pixar), and then the general book fandom. (Gosh, I love so many books.) Newer fandoms are: a tremendously sarcastic Canadian show called Corner Gas, Hamilton (is that new?), and everything Harry Potter (including A Very Potter Musical, which is just !!! – two of my favorite things COMBINED). Okay, I’ll stop. ; )
Clare S. asked:
What is your honest opinion on the Catholic Church? 🙂
Catholic people are awesome. My grandma is Catholic, and my mom was raised Catholic, so I have a few very close ties with the Catholic Church. (Fun fact: I was born on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. So that’s a plus…?) I’ve never been to a Catholic service (scratch that – I remember going once), but I’ve studied it for a World Religions course and another Worldview course. My only concern is that there possibly might be some unsaved Catholics, and I’ve always thought that praying to Mary was kinda sketch.
Dog or cat?
I grew up with cats, so I love them MUCHLY. We’ve had some dogs, too, and I loved them, but I think I’ve always just preferred cats. And not all cats are selfish. My cats were born in our front yard (long story), so we raised them basically from birth. Because of this, they were super sweet and loved us all a lot. They would climb up on my lap when I was reading and I loved it. (Darn, now I want a cat again…)
Is there any way i can read your book without buying it? ^_-
HA. Great question. I think there are some pirated copies out there (*glares in the general direction of whoever did that*), so that’s free but illegal. The cheapest way to get it is on Amazon, in the ebook form. It’s free if you have KindleUnlimited. (You can download the Amazon Kindle app if you don’t have a Kindle – I’ve done it before, even though I have a Kindle lol, and it’s super easy and awesome.) Next step up is probably just buying a paperback copy via Amazon.
James (my brother) asked:
What is your favorite Twenty-One Pilots song?
HOW FREAKING DARE YOU. You of all people should know I can’t pick one! *sigh* Okay, I’ll try… Gosh, I love all of them. *thinks for a very very long time* I’m gonna assume you misspelled “album” and go with Vessel (2nd place is self-titled and third is Blurryface). (And my favorite songs on their other albums are: “Air Catcher” (self-titled), “Kitchen Sink” (Regional At Best), and “Goner” (Blurryface).)
Which is your favorite musical?
I hate you. *thinks* Okay, my favorite right now (in terms of how often I listen to it) is probably Hamilton, but my favorite of all time has got to be Les Miserables.
If you won $500mil what would you do with it?
We went over this yesterday. I’d buy out an entire show of Hamilton and then I’d probably travel a bunch of different places while I finish college and then I’d probably buy a bunch of hardcover books and an apartment to put them in.
If you could time travel to any time period, and spend a week there, what time would it be?
Probably WWII because I just love that time period. I’d do the week Japan surrendered so I could see all of the partying that went on after the war was over.
Come back for part two later this week!