Ash Hartwell was born in Maine in the USA but grew up in England where he still lives with his wife and four children. He has worked in retail management and as an intensive care nurse. He now breeds Cavalier King Charles spaniels and Ragdoll Cats with his wife, Nicki while writing his twisted tales of horror. He had his first collection of stories published in 2015 and has just completed his first novel which will be published by Stitched Smile Publications during late summer 2017. He has also written for a large number of anthologies including Rejected For Content 3, Full Moon Slaughter, and Monsters v Zombies to name a few. He is currently writing his second novel and his first novella and will shortly appear in The Black Room Manuscripts 3.
Ash Hartwell is a Fictioneer and member of a number of horror related Facebook groups, he is also a supporting member of the Horror Writers Association.
Please welcome Ash Hartwell to Roadie Notes…….
1.How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I wrote a handful of flash fiction in my late thirties but didn’t really write my first serious story until I was about 42. I enjoyed creative writing at school although I think I scared my English teachers too much for them to want to encourage me.
2. How many books have you written?
Tip of the Iceberg is my first novel but in 2015 I had a collection of short stories published. Zombies, Vamps and Fiends contained ten stories covering several genres of horror. Several of the stories have since been republished in other anthologies.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Yes, the usual taboos surrounding children and animals. Although, I try not to include scenes purely to shock I do like to disturb the reader.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m 49 and married to the most inspirational woman I have ever met. Nicki is also Wiccan so corrects me on some witchy facts were needed. We have four kids although the youngest is in his last year of school so they are almost all grown up. I used to be an intensive care nurse but I work from home now.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Tip of the Iceberg. It has taken so long to get the factual elements correct and blend them with a fictional story line. Off and on it has taken four years to complete.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I read James Herbert as a teen and Richard Laymon in my twenties, as horror writers they inspired my love of the genre. My late grandmother instilled the writing bug in me when I was very young but it took a long time to find its way out, and when it did it was because of Nicki. She told me to stop talking about it and do it.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I spend time with the family or, when time permits, going to watch football. When I can I obviously like to read. Mostly horror – Adam Nevill and Joe Hill top the list at present.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
No. Just a huge sigh of relief.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I have a study where I dump my notes and research in a million unlabeled and disorganized note books but I mostly write with music or the tv on in the background.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Not really in style. You write the way you write and should never change it but I do read stories from other writers and think “I wish I’d thought of that.”
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I write because I enjoy it. If fame came knocking I wouldn’t shut the door in its face but it’s not my motivation. My dreams focus more on family health and happiness, well, those that don’t become twisted tales of murder and mayhem!
12. Where do you live?
In a village in Northamptonshire, roughly in the middle of England.
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14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I find it relaxing, an escape from the everyday. The buzz of publication is also a great feeling.
15. What is coming next for you?
The Black Room Manuscripts will be published soon. It is an anthology I was invited to write for alongside Adam Nevill (see above) and a whole host of talented writers. I’m very proud of that. I’m writing a novella for Stitched Smile Publications at present and a short Christmas story for Burdizzo. A second novel is also in progress – set in Victorian England.
Before I wrote I was an Intensive Care Nurse so saw some gruesome injuries and horrific deaths and at times I bring those experiences to my writing.
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