Very excited to be part of the Alone in Paris Blog Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club!
Keep reading to learn more about the book and its author!
Alone in Paris
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Taylor Clay's family isn't exactly perfect. They may look the part with the nice, big house and her dad's fancy job, but that's what's tearing them apart. That, and her dad's sudden recurring drinking problem. Though her family is close to falling apart, she never wished for something like this to happen. She never wished for her father to drive off a bridge. Especially not while they were on vacation; especially not when her and her mom were in the car with him at the time.
She's devastated after the fact. And it isn't helping that the papers are gossiping about how the pristine lawyer could have driven off the bridge on purpose. And just when she thinks nothing could possibly make things worse, she realizes she's left alone with no relatives to care for her. So she's alone. Her parents are dead. And she's stuck in the country her family was visiting for their vacation. She's alone in Paris.
Then Nathan walks into the picture. Funny, snarky, persistent, and sometimes, just flat out rude, he annoys Taylor to no end. He won't leave her alone, but Taylor doesn't know whether or not she should push him away.
Ashley Earley is a 20-year-old author that is working toward her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. When she’s not writing, she’s posting on her blog, reading, obsessing over a book character, or spending time with friends. Her obsession with books started at the age of twelve, before developing into a love for writing at the age of fourteen, when she wrote her first novel.
Her Thriller/Suspense short story, Chasing Hair of Gold, won first place in the 2016 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards.
You can visit her at www.ashleyearley.com.
I got the idea for the book Alone in Paris from a picture. The picture was of a girl sitting next to a small pond. She was wearing a white dress, and more importantly, she was alone. And I just imagined there being the Eiffel Tower in the reflection of the pond.-What was the most difficult part of writing this book? Easiest?
Since I pictured the girl in the photograph alone, when I started writing Alone in Paris, I had to figure out how she came to be alone. Once I figured out how Taylor came to be alone, the story built from there.
The most difficult part about writing Alone in Paris was forming a romance between Taylor and Nathan. Nathan was a real struggle because I did not want it to seem like that he was only there to make Taylor feel better. I didn’t want it to seem like that Nathan was Taylor’s only reason to move on. Taylor is stronger than that and he is well aware of that. She didn’t need a guy to help her through her struggles; she only needed someone to show her that it was possible to overcome those struggles. I wanted my readers to understand that Nathan was someone that Taylor could count on.
The scenes where Taylor would fall into a panic-attack or depressed state were also really difficult to write.
The easiest part of writing Alone in Paris was the banter between Taylor and Nathan. At first, Taylor despises Nathan and doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. He takes it in stride and throws witty comments at her—which she answers with her own. As they got to know each other, I tried to keep their witty comments coming. I was so inspired by their banter one day and ended up writing the 20 Questions chapter. I thought of the premise for that chapter while I was at work and wrote it over my 30-minute break. I flew through it and had an absolute blast coming up with questions for Nathan to ask and questions that Taylor would ask, and then they’re answers were so fun and playful. It was a very smooth scene to write that I soared through in no time.-What do you hope readers get from Alone in Paris?
I want my readers to realize that they can turn to someone if they need help. Open up and tell someone if you’re struggling. You might think that it’s just a minor thing that you don’t want to bother anyone with, but you need to get those feelings out. Turn to a friend, or a family member and tell them your problems (no matter how small). Talking about your struggles is the first step to overcoming them. There is no obstacle you cannot overcome.-Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I wanted to be many different things growing up. None of those things I ever said that I wanted to be when I grew up sounded right to me. It wasn’t until I was 16 when I discovered that I wanted to write for a living.-Do you have a favorite place to write?
I love writing outside on my patio because I feel more relaxed, but if it’s too hot/cold, my desk is just as good.-What was your favorite book(s) as a kid?
I was not a reader when I was growing up. My parents had to force me to read, which made me hate every book. I was an outdoorsy kid and couldn’t imagine spending more than a few minutes sitting down with a book. I didn’t get into reading until I was 12—when I read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve been a bookworm ever since!-What do you like to read now?
I devour young adult (usually fantasy) and new adult novels every chance I get! Now that I’m getting older, I’ve started to favor the new adult genre but I still love young adult.
A big thank you to Ashley for answering my questions!
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