BRoP interview: Kelly Hashway

KH headshotWelcome to KELLY HASHWAY, this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest! Kelly grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

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What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc.  I like to write at my dining room table. I can spread out with my laptop, notebook, daily planner, and usually copies of my published books. (Having them around is good motivation.) I use a combination of typing and writing by hand. I think it keeps the creativity flowing better that way.

How much time per day do you spend on your writing? During the school week, I write from 8:50-2:40 each day. Of course I do work as a freelance editor, so when I have client edits to do, I split my time between writing and editing. I also tend to work in the evenings after my daughter goes to bed, which gives me an extra two hours of writing time.

What has been the most surprising reaction to something you’ve written? I’m blown away when people I don’t really know send me messages either on Facebook or Twitter to tell me their reactions to different parts of my books while they’re reading. It’s almost like I’m getting to read the book with them, and it’s such a great feeling. I never expected people to interact with me while they read, but I’m so glad they do.

Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support? I’m amazed by the amount of support I’ve received by the writing community. Going through this journey with other writers and experiencing each other’s highs and lows is an incredible thing. I couldn’t write without the support of other writers.

How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews? I always let myself get upset…for a little while. I have to get those feelings out. Sometimes I cry. Sometimes I call my mom and vent to her. But then I always get back out there because that’s what this industry is about. You have to keep persevering in the face of rejection.

Is your book in print, ebook or both? Both

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FACE OF DEATH: Having fallen at the hands of Hades, Jodi’s enduring torture like she never imagined. Worse, she has to watch her Ophi friends suffer along with her—the punishment doled out by the very people she’d sentenced to life in Tartarus. Hell. This is one reunion Jodi hoped would never happen, but now she must find a way to free them all.

Except the underworld is nearly impossible to escape.

Jodi’s one chance may rest in raising the human soul she killed when she drank Medusa’s blood.

But splitting her human soul from her Ophi soul means living a double life: One as an Ophi experiencing unspeakable torture and the other as the human she could have been if she never came into her powers. With her two worlds colliding, Jodi will have to make the toughest decision she’s faced yet.


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