Zoe Ashwood

10 Nosy Questions

Describe your life in a nutshell. Hi, I’m Zoe. I’m a reader, a writer, and a nerd. I’m married to my best friend, and we have two boys (ages 5 and 3) who keep us on our toes. I work as a literary translator, and as long as I have books to read I’m happy!

What book do you recommend to everyone – even people who don’t ask? Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl is one of my favorite books of all time. Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy and Innkeeper series are ones I find myself recommending over and over! Such gorgeous writing, I always get writer’s envy when I reread them.

Which of your quirks have you written into a character? Hmm. Most of my female characters have a sweet tooth. That’s definitely autobiographical!

Have you written someone who was rude into a book so you could get eternal payback? Ah, no! I don’t really put people I know into books – if I used someone I disliked then I’d be forever reminded of them whenever I read about that character, and wouldn’t that be a shame?

Which book boyfriend would you run away with? Ohh, that’s a good question. Arland from Ilona Andrews’ Inkeeper series for sure. Also Mr. Darcy, he’s a classic choice, I think. Locke Lamora from Scott Lynch’s series, and possibly Levi from Fangirl.

What Fandom do you geek out over? Harry Potter for sure – I own a lot of HP stuff. I also love The Lord Of the Rings, it’s one of those books that helped shape me as a reader and a person. Those are probably the two most popular ones, so I’m not super special. Does being a major Austeen fan count? I think I reread Pride and Prejudice over a dozen times ….

Have you ever taken a book-cation? I’ve never booked a vacation specifically for this reason, but I do seek out places I know from literature. I visited that café in Edinburgh where JK Rowling wrote her first Harry Potter book, that was amazing. I do wish I could make a list of all Jane Austeen locations in England and tick them off while re-reading her novels. #lifegoals.

Does anyone in your family read your books? If they do can they look you in the eye at Thanksgiving? Wow, yeah. My husband read the first two paranormal books. My Mom read them ALL. She once asked me whether it was “strictly necessary” to write such explicit steamy scenes, and I told her that no, it wasn’t, but I loved writing them, so that was it. My Dad read Trust the Wolf, book 1 of the series, and claimed he liked it. I changed the subject after that. My cousin read most of them, I think, she loves them! And my mother-in-law read the first two and reported that she liked them also. My Grandma wishes she could read them but doesn’t speak English, so she can’t, but I don’t think she’d enjoy shifter romance specifically, she’s more of a contemporary romance fan. I don’t really like discussing my books with family beyond being grateful that they support me – it’s weird, haha!

How many more stories are rattling around in your brain trying to get out? Oh, too many. I’m constantly attacked by plot bunnies, and shiny new ideas pop up every time I sit down to write. Sticking with one story (or even worse, one series) is one of my worst problems as an author because I gt bored and want to write something else. It’s a mark of great self- restraint that I manage to write more than one book in a series. Ugh. Maybe I should think of writing standalones.

What did you have the most fun with in your last novel? Worldbuilding! It’s a sci-fi alien romance set on an ice planet somewhere in deep space, and making up the rules of the world was so much fun. Also creating a whole new culture! Like do they have writing that’s alphabet based? Do they make music? How do they heat their homes? What do they believe? How do they bury their dead? As a sci-fi and fantasy fan, these kinds of questions are always intriguing to me.

Tease Us With Your Newest Book

Cold Attraction

She’s hot for an alien …

Adriana is the first human to walk the icy planet Rendu as part of an exploration mission from Earth. An extraterrestrial anthropologist, she’s charged with observing the alien culture and finding out what makes them tick. One particularly gruff male makes her heart race and sends her professional judgement out the window….

…. but he’s cold as ice.

Taron ad Naals brought an expedition of humans to his planet, only to find his home in political turmoil. The king is dead and unscrupulous enemies threaten the young Queen’s life. On top of that, a certain voluptuous, warm-blooded scientist is set on uncovering secrets that should remain buried. One warm touch, and he’s hers: she brings him pleasure he never imagined existed.

Her love will melt his defenses.

As Adriana’s curiosity triggers a dangerous mess of galactic proportions, Taron must race to save her life. Yet she is the one who will rescue him – and his entire nation.

Cold Attraction is a steamy standalone sci-fi romance perfect for fans of sexy alpha aliens and strong heroines. It features a full HEA and has no cliffhangers. Get it today!

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