Q. What did you do before you became a writer, and how 'did you get started writing?
A. I was, and still am, an artist. I got into writing as a natural extension of telling stories with my artwork. When I couldn't find the kind of stories I wanted to read, I decided to start writing my own.
Q. Where were you born, and where did you grow up?
A. I was born in west Texas. I'm an Air Force brat. We lived all over the southwest U.S., with time out for stays in Turkey and Greece.
Q. What's your favorite genre?
A. I love them all really, but I have a special place in my heart for suspense thrillers and science fiction.
Q. Do you base your characters on people you know?
A. Of course I do. For looks, I base characters on people I see that I find attractive: actors, musicians and the like. For personalities, I base characters on friends and relatives.
Q. Where do you come up with your ideas?
A. Anything can spark an idea, from TV commercials to magazine ads and movies. News stories are also a big inspiration.
Q. Are your heroines anything like you in real life?
A. Maybe a little bit, although they lead much more exciting lives than I do.
Q. What are your favorite things?
A. Books, good artwork, a really good steak, email from readers telling me they liked my book, that sort of thing. I love to chat via Twitter also. My name there is @PennyAsh.
Q. Do you have any special things you do when you write?
A. I open the windows, get a large mug of ice water, put on some music or my Dexter DVD's and I'm good to go. For some reason Dexter inspires me to write romance, go figure.
Q. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
A. Never give up, write, write, write, and then write some more, be willing to revise, and finally, take the advice that works for you and throw the rest out.
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