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Inteview With Contest Winner Ashlea Naeth

Ashlea N.

Ashlea N.

Sixteen years in Prince George, British Columbia, can do a lot to a person. Maybe that's why I am the way I am- addicted to Tim Hortons, writing, and the internet. I've lived her my entire life, and endured the constant smothering of our pollutant thick air, but I love it here, it was where I was born.

Ashlea Naeth won best story in Elizabeth Woods' writing contest at the Prince George Public Library in the fall of 2012, for her story "True Perception".

And here today, at sixteen years old, and in grade eleven, I still live here. Luckily for myself, I've never been much of a town person, as there's nothing to do in the down town of P.G. That would be why I love the outdoors. During my summer I enjoy quading through mud holes, camping, and hanging out with friends in the hot summer sun. When the cold, winter flakes start to fall, though, you're more likely to find me with my nose in a book or my fingers on a key board.

Besides enjoying my hobbies, I also enjoy my friends and family. I am blessed with many cousins, an amazing brother, and two wonderful parents. Not to mention my two dogs, three guinea pigs, and a cat as well. My family and friends are what get me through the day, and have helped me so much with my writing. I can't thank them enough.

Interview With Ashlea Naeth

What would you consider your top three creative achievements to be?

My top three creative achievements would have to be receiving third place in the school district writing competition, finishing my first short story, and being published on here.

How has science fiction affected your life?

Science fiction has affected by life by opening my mind to another dimension- which I have allowed to slip into my writing and my own hobbies.

When did you first discover a love of writing?

I'd have to say I first discovered my love for writing in the fifth grade, where I attempted to write my first novel. Sadly, it flopped.

What is your favourite science fiction author/book or universe?

Out of all the science fiction books I've read, I'd have to say that my favorite one, hands down, would be Across The Universe by Beth Revis

How did you first discover the Okal Rel Universe?

I first discovered the Okal Rel Universe when the lovely, Mrs. Elizabeth Woods, mentioned it in a group I participate in called the "Writer's Circle".

6. What life experiences have contributed to your creative endeavours?

Many experiences in my life have contributed to my creative endeavors . However, it's not the experiences themselves that sneak their way into my writing, but how they made me feel.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

My greatest source of inspiration is music. I'll be listening to a song and a certain lyric will spark something in me that makes me feel the need to write based off of it.

What advice would you give to fellow/aspiring writers?

My advice to fellow/aspiring writers is to get out there. By this I mean don't be afraid to share your work. The more advice you receive, the better your writing turns out in the long run.

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