Author Interview: Ashley Poston

I’m here today with something very exciting – an author interview! I adored her latest novel, Geekerella (review here), and I am extremely lucky to have had the chance to interview her.

About the Author

Ashley Poston’s is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. She was born in rural South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well…

Tweet her at @ashposton and read her inner-most rambles at www.ashposton.com.

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When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest couldbe her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

What made you want to set Geekerella in a convention?

Geekerella had to be at least partly at a convention! What other great gathering of geeks could I celebrate?

What was the hardest thing about writing Geekerella?

Definitely keeping Darien and Elle’s timelines separate and yet running parallel to each other. It’s definitely harder than it seems.

Name a song you think fits Geekerella perfectly.

‘Hello’ by Allie X!

How do you overcome writers block?

I write anyway. Eventually I’ll crack the block, right?

Have you ever cosplayed, and if not, who would you love to cosplay as?

I love cosplaying! My favorite cosplay is The Little Mermaid’s Ariel costume (when she’s on land).

Would you ever consider writing about the story inside the story – Starfield?

The world of Starfield feels like an old friend, so I would love to someday!

Did you always know the ending of Geekerella, or did it come to you as you wrote?

I knew I wanted a GRG (Grand Romantic Gesture) but I wasn’t sure what I wanted. In one draft, Darien showed up at Elle’s door, another at the food truck, but I think the current ending is my favorite.

And the question we all knew was coming – is there anything else on the horizon for us to look forward to?

Of course! My next book comes out in February 2018 from Balzer + Bray. It’s called Heart of Iron, and it’s a little Anastasia, a little Firefly, and a lot of sweet murderous cinnamon rolls.

Thank you to Ashley for joining us!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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