About Ashley Memory
A former city dweller, I now live with the sculptor, Johnpaul Harris, in the wilds of southwestern Randolph County where I wake to the arpeggio of the pileated woodpecker. On any given day you may find me either making raspberry jam or poking around an abandoned cemetery imagining the lives of the people sleeping under my feet. My poetry and Pushcart-Prize nominated prose have appeared in The Naugatuck River Review, The Thomas Wolfe Review, Pinesong, Wildlife in North Carolina, Romantic Homes and numerous other literary journals.
I see myself as a story teller, first and foremost. Although I began dripping my quill into the ink of fiction, this form ended up lighting the way to poetry, which quickly became the ultimate vehicle of creative expression. Because of its brevity and concentration on individual words, poetry has sharpened my writing and allowed me to more quickly reveal the emotional core of the story.
More: Ashley has also published poetry, essays and stories in Indy Week, Raleigh News & Observer, Cairn, Portland Literary Review, Georgia State University Review, Romantic Homes and for Ezine Articles and Wiki How. She has won the Doris Betts Fiction Prize sponsored by the N.C. Writer’s Network twice and Eureka Literary Magazine nominated her short story Tamarisk for a Pushcart Prize.
Her first novel, Naked and Hungry, was named a finalist in the 2009 James Jones First Novel Fellowship competition sponsored by Wilkes University and was published in 2011 by Ingalls Publishing Group. It’s the story of a man who turns his back on the material world and retreats to what he hopes will be a peaceful life in the country. Circumstances soon dictate otherwise and he finds himself the target of a murder-for-hire plot when he uncovers a hazardous waste dumping scheme that threatens his pristine existence and the lives of the people he cares about. The book is set in the small southern town of Yatesville, N.C., which is struggling to survive in the wake of the economic downturn and the loss of its key industries.
Ashley also enjoys writing about crepes, which she describes as “those thin pancakes that you can fill with nearly anything you imagine. They can make even peanut butter and jelly simply divine.” She is the original creator of a crepe recipe website, World of Crepes, which receives more than 1,000 unique visitors per day. While she has yet to be tapped for her own cooking show, her recipe for Tangerine Crepes won the title of the Official Dessert of the Citrus Parade in Orlando, Florida in 2009.
Her favorite authors include James Wilcox, William Trevor, Penelope Lively, Flannery O’Connor…and of course, Julia Child.