You can write this book

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day/evening. I just wanted to say this – for all of my extraordinary fellow writers out there – you can do this; you can and you will write that story. We are writers – that means we have the power to make a difference; to change the world, with all but our words! How incredible is that? That that book you’re writing right now – that book could be the next world bestseller. That quote that you just wrote down, that alone could save somebody’s life one day – that quote alone could give someone the hope to carry on.

So if you ever feel like giving up, just remember, you started writing for a reason. Look at J.K. Rowling and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harper Lee, Tolkien, look at Virginia Woolf – they two were once just like us – full of doubt and fear, and suffering, but they took those things and they transformed them into beauty; stories – stories that are still standing tall on shelves all over the world. So hold on, friends, we’re all in this together. It’s a long and bumpy ride, but it’s always worth it in the end. You won’t be here in hundreds of years to come, but I can promise you, that if you put your heart and soul into it, your books will be – So write them. 

**Upcoming Book Update** (regarding The Book Man of New Orleans)

Hello all! I’d just like to clear up any confusion regarding the delay in sharing my upcoming story ‘The Book Man of New Orleans.’ To my dismay, I’ve had a few minor setbacks regarding editing and publishing, and as many of you know I’ve been very busy producing The Turtledove audio book, which I’m over the moon to say is now available on Audible at: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Turtledove-Audiobook/B07NWZRBLM?qid=1552606267&sr=1-13&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_13&pf_rd_p=c6e316b8-14da-418d-8f91-b3cad83c5183&pf_rd_r=PH1YMN6XM27CSWF7D6KY& Moreover, the Book Man of New Orleans is still very much a work in progress, and I will share it with you all soon as it is ready to be published. Wishing you all the best!

For more information on my stories & other upcoming works visit my FB Author Page at: https://www.facebook.com/AshleyGreen1950/

Ashley

The Road to Today

When I was 7 years old, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I replied with two words; two words that perhaps on some unfathomable, subconscious level would determine my fate for the rest of my life. Ten years later, here I am; a goofy, English writer, living to make dreams come true, in the form of fine literature. The path to today was not so straight forward, though. It was dark, and winding, and on some days, I thought it would never cease. Ever since I was young, growing up in a world seemingly full of so much pain and suffering, my inevitable dream was to save people; to help those in need.

Throughout my live I’ve aspired to pursue all sorts of professions; from scientist, to doctor, to royal marine. However, as I got older, I came to the realisation that there is another way to save people; perhaps one of the most delicate procedures of all – writing. As the extraordinary Virginia Woolfe once said, ‘books are the mirrors of the soul’, and when I write, I do it not just for myself and for my dreams, but for those in the world that seek solace and hope and characters who are not just entirely unique in every way, but also unequivocally relatable. 

‘Depression may rain down on me like a hail of bullets that promises to prevail, fear may even strive to drown me – day in, day out, like the shore of a merciless sea; and perhaps I will always be asunder these dark clouds of pain and sorrow, but I will cry in the rain no more; for I have learnt to dance in it instead – and I will do so for the rest of time. Even better, I know that I won’t be dancing alone.’ – The Book Man of New Orleans

The Life of Nelly Sachs – a profound Jewish writer who survived the horrors of Nazi Germany and the holocaust

Nelly Sachs, (full name; Leonie Sachs) was born on the 10th December 1891. She grew up in Berlin, Germany, where she studied music and dancing at a young age, and later on began writing poetry. She was educated at home due to her frail health, and although she showed early signs of talent as a dancer, her protective parents didn’t encourage her to pursue a profession, most likely due to the ever rising prejudice in a rapidly growing Nazi -Germany. Therefore, Miss. Sachs grew up as a very sheltered, introverted young woman and never married. As the Nazis took power, she became terribly ridden with fear and horror, to the point where she temporarily lost the ability to speak. She was good friends with Selma Lagerlöf, a Swedish author and teacher, and also the first female writer to win a Nobel Prize (Nobel prize in literature, 1909).  It was thanks to her that Nelly and her Mother escaped Nazi Germany. Shortly before her own death, Lagerlöf had intervened with the Swedish royal family to secure Nelly and her Mother’s release from Germany. They managed to escape on the last flight from Nazi Germany to Sweden, just a week before Sachs was scheduled to report to a concentration camp.

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Sachs and her Mother settled in Sweden and she claimed Swedish citizenship in 1952.  However, after her Mother’s death, Sachs suffered several nervous breakdowns characterised by hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions of persecution by Nazis. She spent a number of years in a mental institution, where she continued writing, even while she was hospitalised. Eventually, Sachs recovered sufficiently enough to live on her own, although her mental health would always be fragile. Her worst breakdown was ostensibly triggered when she heard German speech during a trip to Switzerland to accept a literary prize. However, she maintained a forgiving attitude toward a younger generation of Germans, and corresponded with many German-speaking writers of the post-war period. Her experiences resulting from the rise of the Nazis in World War II Europe had transformed her into a poignant spokesperson for the grief and yearnings of her fellow Jews.

“World, they have taken the small children like butterflies and thrown them, beating their wings, into the fire–” 
― Nelly Sachs
Nelly won a Nobel Prize Award for Literature in 1966, and died on the 12th May, 1970.

The Book Man of New Orleans

I’m glad to announce that my new short story ‘The Book Man of New Orleans’ will be published and available to read on Hallows Eve this month – that’s the 30th October (GMT). I’ve been working earnestly to complete this story and I can’t wait for you all to read it. Stay updated for more information…

Best wishes!
Ashley Green

A message to the lost writers

Oftentimes I feel that no amount of words, no matter how eloquent or sincere, could ever describe the incomprehensible magic and wonder that occurs in the mind of a writer. We have entire worlds inside of our heads. Entire people – and not only do we live with the minds of our own, we live with the minds of our characters; the people that we create. There’s always so much going on inside of our heads. It’s no wonder that we struggle to get it down onto paper every now and then. Nevertheless, persevere, because although we may doubt ourselves, what’s meant to be written will be written. Trust the pen. Trust the art of imagination.

Remember, the world is waiting for you – for your work. 

 

Best wishes to you all,
Ashley Green

Thank you

I’m delighted to announce that ‘the Turtledove’ went down a storm… Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who read it, and reviewed it on Amazon. I cannot wait to share more of my stories with you. Here’s to many more.

Best wishes,
Ashley Green