GCC Presents…………………… Amanda Ashby!!!


I’m so excited to be touring my very good friend and critique partner Amanda Ashby and her latest (and most fabulous) book DEMONOSITY : (And don’t you just LOVE the cover!!)

The Black Rose–a powerful ancient force–has been let loose and has taken up residence in Celeste Gibson, popular girl at Cassidy Carter-Lewis’ high school. Thomas Delacroix is the spirit of a fourteenth-century knight who is devoted to protecting the Black Rose, but he needs a contemporary living being to take on the challenge. That’s where Cassidy comes in.
She’s a quirky high school junior who just wants to dress in her vintage clothes, hang out with her best friend, and take care of her father, who is recovering from surgery. She’s the last person who would ever volunteer for such a task, but no one actually asked her. Now, like it or not, she finds herself training before dawn and battling demons at parties, the mall, and even at school. But hey, no one ever said high school was going to be easy.

And now for the usual questions:

What inspired the plot for your book?
Like so many things in life, Demonosity was a total accident! I was researching something else and stumbled across an article on a secret society, a bit like the Freemasons, called Rosicrucians. Anyway, it had such a cool sounding name that I was intrigued and started reading more about it. It had a lot to do with alchemy (and secrets) and was hooked on trying to include it in a book. It took quite some time before I finally found a plot, but the start definitely came from

Why did you decide to write in this genre?
Short answer is Buffy! I’ve always loved fantasy books but when I first watched Buffy many moons ago I fell in love with the idea of paranormals because it was like a secret that was sitting right under our noses. I’ve been hooked ever since!

What is your writing process like?
As my critique partner you will know that I’ve very structured, very organized and once I make up my mind I never change it under any circumstances. I am also prone to lying about certain things!

What are you working on now?
I’m working on a new MG idea and two YA ideas that have been sitting in my mind for a long time.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Talk to Sara Hantz on the phone and watch television!

Who do you like to read?
My must reads are Richelle Mead, Raymond E Feist, Janet Evanovich, George R. R. Martin, Jill Mansell, JK Rowling


“With interesting characters and a fresh plot, this absorbing read addresses everything from peer pressure to intelligent guy pals to self-reliance, with just enough paranormal activity to maintain an edge. The message never overwhelms the fun in this frothy paranormal romp.” Kirkus Reviews

“Ashby’s frothy romp percolates with lighthearted humor and droll dialogue, while an involving plot and themes exploring friendship and self-reliance add satisfying substance.” School Library Journal

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Amanda Ashby was born in Australia and after spending the last sixteen years dividing her time between England and New Zealand, she’s finally returned home for some sunshine. When she’s not moving country, she likes to write books (okay, she also likes to eat chocolate, watch television and sit around doing not much, but let’s just keep that amongst ourselves, shall we?)
She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book, You Had Me at Halo was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award. Zombie Queen of Newbury High was listed by the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age 2010. Fairy Bad Day was selected by Voya as one of their Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2012 and was a SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist for the Australia/NZ region.





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