Tuesday 10 November 2015

The Z Files: Trisha Ashley ~ Aries

Astrology ~ a bit of fun, a load of rubbish, or something to take seriously?

I invited around 70 writers/bloggers to write a piece about how typical they are of their sign, and how its traits affect their writing life ~ if at all...

Has your favourite writer been featured yet?  Links to all previous posts at the end of this one :)

Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, Mars ruled ~ and they like to win!  My next guest, Trisha Ashley, certainly has; she's been named a Sunday Times bestselling author of romantic comedies.  Her new book, A Christmas Cracker, is not so much 'now available', as leaping up the Amazon chart accompanied by tinsel, sparklers and a cheering crowd ~ you can look at it HERE on Amazon, as many thousands have already, and many more will do!

Here's Trisha in her favourite Day of the Dead apron ~ excellent picture!!  Now, what does being an Aries mean to her?

"I once read that Aries are artistic and creative and since I’ve been writing and painting since I was a little girl, that’s certainly true for me.

I’ve achieved great success with my writing, but to follow my star and get to that point I had to make great sacrifices and endured long struggles. So yes, you could say I’m courageous, strong-willed, confident, a risk taker, persevering, assertive, independent and frequently filled with bursts of unfounded optimism."

"I think many of the other Aries traits, like enthusiastic, curious, spontaneous, extraordinary and exciting (though actually, I don’t feel very exciting, I’m just me), come under the umbrella of  mad as a box of frogs, the term most often employed in the mail I receive from my readers."

"I’m not energetic, nor a leader – I don’t want to lead anyone anywhere - but I hope I’ve always been a good and steadfast friend.  And I’ve continually strived to help other hard-working writers achieve their full potential: for instance, I’ll be giving the first Trisha Ashley Award for a humorous short story at an event in Exeter this October.  So I hope I’m selfless, inspiring, helpful, frank and stimulating…though that, of course, may come over as bossy. I can certainly be brusque and impatient with those who expect success to drop into their laps without any effort at all."

Sounds pretty Arien to me; Trisha had highlighted some words/phrases that she thought particularly typical of the sign, and I found a few more :)  I'm honoured that she took time out of her busy schedule to write a piece for my blog (I get a bit 'we are not worthy' with anyone who is massively successful in their chosen field!), and would like to add that Ms Ashley is one of those people who, despite having 'made it', still bothers to do stuff like retweet others on Twitter <<<-- follow her by clicking!  You might also like to take a look at all her bestselling romcoms on her website.

Here are two other cheerful, open and friendly looking rams to make up the Aries trio...

... I found bestselling chick lit author from Philadelphia, Jennifer Weiner...

.....and the male version of a chick lit writer, 'bloke lit' scribe, Nick Hornby!  


  1. I think I’ll be adding this to my list - you know I’m a sucker for Christmas stories ;-)

  2. What a great Z File ladies. It's fabulous to read more about Trisha, and I LOVE the apron! :-)

    1. Isn't it excellent? I was really pleased to get this picture, I love all the unusual ones people have sent me.

  3. It sounds as if Trisha deserves her success! How lovely to read about her here!

    1. I think so too - I read a really interesting interview with her the other day, in which she outlined her path to such lofty heights. Most interesting :)

  4. Oh, I love my day of the dead apron - a friend in Arizona sent it to me. Those might be mincemeat Eccles cakes I'm holding - yummy.

  5. Yes, I'm going to go out and get this Aries on my Kindle now. :))

  6. Lovely to meet you Trisha, what a super set of wonderful qualities you have :-) I shall go and have a browse around your website next.