Ash (who writes as “A.M.”) wears many hats, though she favors the dark gray cable knit beanie from Amazon, most. A descendant of Romanian immigrants, she grew up in a family that fostered all forms of creation, the guiding force which led her towards her careers as an author + blogger, book designer + graphic artist, and certified nutrition + lifestyle coach.
She lives in Beer + Cheese Land, Wisconsin with her real-life superhero husband, loud-mouth + drool-bucket coonhound, and I’m-allergic-to-myself cat, but frequently spends a fortnight (or two) in the fictional world of Skyrim (add her on the PlayStation Network: supersmaaashley).
She considers herself a designer by nature, a writer at heart, and always wanted to make video game walk-throughs as a child. (Hint: she still does.) Her favorite color is chartreuse, and she has an undeniable attraction to moss (not of the Kate variety).
⋆ One Thousand Stars That Bind ⋆
A wish becomes a deception . . . that becomes the end of an era
The 1989 fall of the infamous dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, and with him, communism in Romania. Street-rat Alina finds a rusty (but magical) oil lamp and crosses paths with the runaway Prince Iulian, igniting a love greater than social class and oppression.
One Thousand Stars That Bind is my debut novel. The process of writing this story took me on a journey through the land of my ancestors, showed me the beauty behind the facade, the strength behind the pain. It is as much a fantastical tale as it is my love letter to a country that may never have been my physical home but has found a special place in my heart—Romania—from the foods I’ve grown up enjoying, to the truly magical landscape and customs that make it unique.
My blog From Dill To Dracula is a companion project to One Thousand Stars That Bind where I dive deeper into Romanian traditions, histories and current events, in addition to recipes passed down from my family