About Julia Ash

WORK HISTORY:

Seventeen years with local school system, the last 11 in the capacity of Public Relations Coordinator, including PR writer, webmaster, and social media facilitator; Contributor to education column for The Worcester County Times and occasionally The Daily Times (both Gannett newspapers); Former Corporate Publications Editor for Perdue Farms (chicken); and Technical writer and graphic design/printing broker.

EDUCATION & NOTABLES:

BA in Communications from Penn State (Main Campus); Graduated with Distinction; and Varsity Swimming

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

Romance Writers of America; National Writers of America; International Women’s Writing Guild; and BookWorks

TIDBITS WHICH MIGHT SURPRISE YOU:

Early childhood (age 2 to 5) lived in Mexico; primary language was Spanish; Raised in a haunted house (6 years to 18) in West Chester, PA, called Bleecker Hall; Swimming exchange student to Wuppertal, Germany, and my host Regine is a lifelong friend; and Former Jet Ski racer (standup); ranked #8 in nation (for novice) in 1998

CURRENT HOBBIES:

Reading, of course; Hunting; Hiking; and Paddle-boarding

WHAT PASSIONS FUEL MY WRITING?

Pairing myths & legends with science, leaving readers to wonder if they are possible; Adventure/survival; Potential for government corruption; Looking into the near-future and asking “what if”; The potential for pandemics; and Love or romantic connections.

NOVELS/TRILOGIES*/SERIES* I LOVE:

THE PASSAGE* by Justin Cronin; THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M. R. Carey; WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks; STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel; THE DARWIN ELEVATOR* by Jason M. Hough; A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES* by Sarah J. Maas; DRACULA by Bram Stoker; THE 5TH WAVE* by Rick Yancey; THE HUNGER GAMES* by Suzanne Collins; DIVERGENT* by Veronica Roth; THE STAND by Stephen King; OUTLANDER* by Diana Gabaldon; THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins; TWILIGHT* by Stephenie Meyer; and BEIJING RED by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson.

FAVORITE MOVIES and TV SERIES:

Signs; I Am Legend; Avatar; Pride & Prejudice (with Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen); Jurassic Park; Kill Bill; Dawn of the Dead (2004); Outlander; True Blood; The Last Ship; Spartacus; Downton Abbey; Game of Thrones; Vampire Diaries; The Originals; and The Tudors.

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