Ashley Farley’s Saving Ben
I just finished reading Saving Ben by dear friend and posse pal, Ashley Farley. It is a compelling story of filial love set on the historic grounds of the University of Virginia and riverside on Carter’s Creek in the Northern Neck with a couple of stops along the way in Richmond. With well-drawn characters and a surprising plot, Ashley weaves an engrossing tale that I never wanted to put down.
Saving Ben is Ashley’s first novel and the result of persistence, courage and passion. Like so many of the posse, she is a full-time mother while being a very busy school and community volunteer. She is also passionate about books, and much of her volunteer time has involved working with authors at recent speaker symposiums at our sons’ school.
I marvel at the time and effort that she spent secreted away creating this work of fiction. After the story was written, she, as all new authors will do, tried to get an agent and have Saving Ben published in the traditional way. Not surprisingly for an unknown author, that route did not work, but undaunted Ashley persisted and decided to self-publish.
While self-publication is easier today thanks to Amazon and Kindle, it is a complex and expensive process. Ashley hired an editor, an artist for her book cover and a type-setter. She found these last two in South Africa of all places. (Isn’t the internet amazing?) Once these pieces were completed and Ashley had read through it again for at least the thousandth time, Saving Ben was ready to be sold on-line. All Ashley had to do was hit that final button.
As her friend, I know how much courage it took for her to click it and put herself out there in the universe as a real live, honest-to-goodness author. Since that time, it has taken even more courage for her to tell others about her labor of love. But because she has found and is following her passion, Ashley is now telling others about Saving Ben via social media.
At the beginning of the year, Ashley launched Chronicles . . . of a Self-Publishing Author to share her experiences and complement her novel-writing. Starting February 1st, she began a Write-a-Thon to encourage other writers and herself to get writing. Ashley offers prizes, raffles and words of encouragement to all who participate and even some for those who just read her blog (I won a $25 gift card for guessing the Super Bowl winner.) Like her book, I love the style of her writing in Chronicles and enjoy reading her daily musings even if I am not participating in the Write-a-Thon.
With persistence, courage and passion, Ashley has followed her dreams and is one of The Gracious Posse’s inspirations.
Gratefully, Alison & Ellen
Are you ready to follow your dreams?
February 11, 2013