Ashley Farley’s Rivah-Front Writing Perch
Our favorite new author, Ashley Farley, has captured our imagination with her first novel, Saving Ben. The combination of familiar settings and characters facing recognizable issues that hit close to home along with a twisting plot line has our neck of the woods buzzing about Ashley’s book. For so many of us who have known Ashley as a lacrosse mom, tireless volunteer, polar bear swimmer and stalwart friend, we were surprised when she began to leak word that she had written a novel that she was preparing to self-publish. She did a great job of keeping her new passion under wraps until she had created something that she was ready to share.
We immediately wondered when she had time to undertake such a seemingly unfathomable project. Now we understand why Ashley was always so anxious to get to her family’s Rivah home on Carter’s Creek as often as possible over the last couple of years despite her teenagers’ desperate pleas to stay in town with their friends. Ashley wanted to get away to her favorite writing perch and the site where Saving Ben was first conceived.
Take a look at these pictures, and you will begin to understand her inspiration.
After several years taking on-line courses with the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Ashley heeded the advice of so many writers
Write what you know.
Ashley has done just that in Saving Ben. Her first published novel features this beautiful part of Virginia that she has come to love since building her family’s Rivah home with the help of architect, Tim Galvin of Richmond. She credits him with creating her beautiful home which sits prominently on this breathtaking piece of property.
This spot is but one of several inspirations for her intriguing tale. Ashley discusses her other inspirations in a recent on-line interview with Esconced in YA. She also describes her writing inspirations, as well as other matters, on her clever blog, Chronicles . . . an Avid Reader and Indie Author.
With all this inspiration, is it any wonder that Ashley has created such a beautifully complex novel that leaves its readers wanting more? Ashley will be spending a lot more time in her writing perch working on novel #2. At least this time, we’ll all know what she is up to when she escapes to her Rivah home.
March 20, 2013