I love getting to meet new authors.
Truly, it’s one of the best feelings and “jobs” in the world. You get to open their book for the first time either on your Kindle or in paperback/hardback and jump into a whole new world they created.
Thankfully I have Unicorn Quester to help get the doors open to meet new people because I am so pumped to be introducing you guys to a new author today (who’s book releases tomorrow! Eeekkk!).
With that said, grab a blanket and a few pillows for my fun chat with the lovely Ashley Bogner about her dream job, her debut Reintegration, and self-publishing.
About the Book
A perfect citizen. A captured rebel. One decision could destroy them both…
As a Regulator, seventeen-year-old Katherine Holliday’s duty is to protect the people of the Federation from a group of violent rebels who have exiled themselves to the mysterious wilderness. When one of these rebels is captured within the Federation, the government leaders propose an alternative to execution, a procedure they call Reintegration. The procedure involves erasing the rebel’s memory and attempting to make him a member of society. The rebel, a young man named Matthew, is not the violent criminal Katherine expects, and she can’t help but befriend him. A few weeks after Matthew’s Reintegration, Katherine realizes the procedure failed and she is now presented with a choice no one else can help her make. Can she warn her superiors that Reintegration failed, which could mean death for Matthew? Or will she defy everything she knows to help him escape—and risk her own execution?
– Hi Ashley! I am SO excited to have you on my blog! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Thank you so much for having me today!
Jesus-follower (I put a hyphen in there so it counts as one word :P). Dork. Imaginative.
– Awesome! 😀 I noticed you mentioned on your site that in third grade you decided to be either a published author or a detective like Nancy Drew. Would you be interested in being a published detective? (*winks*)
Sometimes I think I would make a great detective because I tend to over-think things and look at all of the possibilities, but I’m also really, really bad at solving mysteries. I’m not sure how successful I would be as a detective. 😉 I actually think I would enjoy being a lawyer and considered that as a career option for a few years. Later, I decided my heart is really with working in the Christian publishing industry.
– How interesting! I have to admit that I loved reading Nancy Drew growing up, but I hardly ever solved the mystery. Haha! I think it’s super exciting that you want to work in the Christian publishing industry! Is there a specific job that you’re interested in?
I would love to someday work in acquisitions! I think it would be so neat to see the incoming manuscripts and work with new authors.
– Yes! I once wanted to work in acquisitions, though I didn’t know that was the formal name for it a few years ago. Talking about manuscripts, your dystopian novel releases tomorrow. Woot woot! How has that felt knowing the book you have been working on is about to enter the world?
I’ve been dreaming of publishing a book for years, so to know it’s finally happening is such an awesome feeling. Also a little scary, because people other than my parents are going to be reading my book! 😉
One of the coolest moments is when I received my proof copy. It was the first time I’d ever seen Reintegration as a book, and…wow. I’m so thrilled that I can now share it with everyone!
– I can only imagine! 😀 (You’re book was very good by the way!) I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite character, BUT I am curious about who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with you? What would you guys do?
Choosing a favorite character really is so hard!
As for spending a day with a character…I feel like I should say Katherine because she’s the protagonist, but I think meeting her would basically be meeting myself (and we don’t need two of me). Instead, I’m going to say Matthew. He’s a sweet guy who I think would be a lot of fun to hang out with (but I might be biased).
What would we do? I have no idea! Probably just chat and hang out.
– I would love to meet Matthew! He truly was sooooo sweet! Totally not biased at all. 😉 What’s one of your favorite parts in Reintegration?
A scene in Chapter 22. 🙂 Sorry, no spoilers!
– Now I need to go back on my Kindle and see what was chapter 22! 😉 Lastly, because I desire to self-publish, what is one piece of advice you would give to those seeking a similar publication path?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! When I first considered self-publishing, I reached out to a few Christian self-published authors and asked them about how they went through the process. They were all so helpful and willing to answer my (many) questions. There’s so many options for self-publishing and it can be hard to know what route to take. Getting feedback from others who have already gone through the process is such a blessing.
– This is such wonderful and encouraging advice, Ashley! Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with me! I had a blast. 🙂
Thank you so much for the interview! The questions were a lot of fun!
About the Author
When Ashley Bogner was in third grade, she decided she would be a published author when she grew up. Ashley is a homeschool graduate and has lived in seven different states. She completed a year of Bible college and in the fall will begin pursuing a degree in Communication Studies. After college, her plan is to work in the Christian publishing industry. When not writing, she can be found baking, posting book reviews on her blog, and watching her favorite movies over and over to the point of memorization.