Hi. That’s my face, up above. I’m Ashley B. Davis. I write dark and gritty poetry and fiction (but mostly fiction) in multiple genres.
You can see the genres I focus on at my Work in Progress page or read some of my work on Published Works page. For short stories, I tend to write in the contemporary and/or horror genre. With novels, it’s anything that works for the characters’ stories I have to tell.
Some of my influences are Salvador Dali, J.D. Salinger, Edgar Allan Poe, Maynard James Keenan, Chuck Palahniuk, Rainbow Rowell, Charlotte Brontë, Sharon Shinn, Margaret Atwood, Bret Easton Ellis, and Sharon Olds.
A little more about me…
I didn’t always know I wanted to be a writer. I always ‘knew’ I wanted to be an artist, from my coloring books and homemade gifts since I could hold a crayon and safety scissors to drawing fighter jets and the vibrant fish in my grandmother’s saltwater fish tank. I was a storyteller in those days though; I loved telling horror stories in serial installments when my sisters’ or my friends came over.
After delving into drawing my favorite anime characters, I discovered fanfiction. I tried my hand at it for a while. Stories with someone else’s characters poured out of me. Then I drew my own characters one day, and my storytelling reared up as this inner voice narrating plot and the relationships between characters. I started writing those stories down. Finally, I let go of the art side of it all together and got “serious” about writing a novel sometime in high school. After a period of obsessing over a screenplay which pretty much plagiarized Blade, I wrote my own vampire story. I did so many revisions, my sisters—begrudging fans of my premature work—got mad at me. And then I kept writing, in the computer lab at the community college, in the pages of my philosophy and linguistics notebooks at university, and on post-its at work. Even then, I didn’t think of myself as a writer, let alone that I could do it for a living. I just knew that I had to write. It wasn’t until meeting my best friend and fellow writer and beginning a very exclusive critique group (i.e., us) that it started to feel real. Now, writing finds its way into the in-between moments of this full-time-job-mom-to-twins-life, like a persistent weed coming up through the cracks in the concrete.
I work as a property manager in Southern California. In 2013, I graduated from California State University with a Master’s in English and minor in philosophy. I wrote my thesis on Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.
I was already a mom to two rescue kitties I found,
but two years ago I became a mother of twins, and I am excited to see how that transforms my writer identity.
Every day, I am inspired by my husband’s creative genius, music, thoughtfulness, and wit (one time I wrote a poem about my love for him, and he wrote a much better one back). He takes wonderful care of our daughters, supports me in so many ways and has patiently listened to my writing woes despite having no idea what I am talking about most of the time.
Thank you for stopping by to learn more about me. I post new blogs monthly on writing, being a mom, and anything else I’m fixated on at the moment. Please sign up to follow my blog on the right, just under my picture over there. I hope to learn more about you through your comments. Also, find me sending sleep-deprived thoughts into the twittersphere from @shleybdavis
[Self-conscious aside: I feel like there is too much of my face on this page. Is there too much of my face on this page?]