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Friday, March 30, 2012

Author Guest Post + {GIVEAWAY!}: Ali Cross

Ali Cross

Ali Cross is the sensei of the writer's dojo where she holds a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, two sumo dogs and four zen turtles. Ali is the author of the Desolation series, a young adult paranormal romance about the kick-butt devil’s daughter’s search for a destiny of her own choosing.
My Story/Desi's Story
by Ali Cross

It's both embarrassing and awesome, but it's no secret that authors often write themselves into their stories. I mean, how can they not? The people on the page first come to life in our minds; some of us is bound to rub off on them.

So when I tell you my story, it's Desi's.

And when I tell you Desi's story, I'm telling secrets from my own life.

Desi, the main character in my series, DESOLATION, hates her name. (Would you like to have the name Desolation? Um, probably not.) I didn't like my birth name either, so I changed it.

Desi thinks everything would be better if James would kiss her, hold her . . . anything to help her feel something, or to take all feeling away. I was a girl who didn't feel whole unless I had a steady boyfriend. I was the girl who was willing to do pretty much anything if it meant the boy would stay with me one more day.

But when Desi finds love--real love--she thinks there's no way she's worthy of it. So she does everything she can to push her true love away. I tried to do that too. Except Desi's Michael, and my David, would not be pushed away.

And both Deis and I are so glad they are stronger than we are.

Sure, I'm not the devil's daughter, and Desi's a lot stronger than me--but she is me, and I am her.

Desi's story is mine.

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  1. Thank you so much for letting me visit your blog today Ashley!

  2. I love Ali! She's such a great inspiration to me and she IS STRONG, don't let her fool ya. Great piece, my friend. Can't wait to read book two and find out more about Desi.

  3. The most powerful stories come from our hearts. And this certainly sounds like one of those stories! :)

  4. I love to hear how authors pour a piece of themselves into their novels. Great post!

  5. Sounds like you have some very realistic emotions going on in your book that a lot of girls will be able to relate to.

  6. Can't wait to read about it! Desi sounds like one kick ass heroine.

  7. I love that both Michael AND David wouldn't be pushed away. I know a little about what that's like!

  8. I find it amazing how authors add themselves in their stories. I love it. I would love to read this book it has been on my to read list for some time now. Thank you for the contest.

  9. I love how authors add themselves into stories. The reader may not know it but we really get to know the author through their books! I just can't wait to read Become!!!

  10. LOL, it's awesome that when you writes stories you can give your characters names you would never dare give your children ;)
    Thanks for the giveaway and an even BIGGER thanks that the giveaway is partially international! :)
    Rachel C.

  11. That's so sweet! I can believe that Desi's story blossomed from reality. It seemed so realistic :)

    Thanks for sharing!


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