Author Interview – Ash Krafton

Hello everyone!
Today’s featured author is the wonderful Ash Krafton!  Her novel, The Heartbeat Thief, is a gorgeous gothic fantasy and it completely blew me away.  I originally met Ash at the Brain to Books Con this past April on Goodreads, and I am so glad that I did!  She is very talented, and I hope you enjoy the interview I had with her, as well as her novel itself!
Author Interview
What is the first memory you have of writing?


In third grade, I asked my mom why I had a bump on my right middle finger. She said it was a writer’s callous. Still have it.


I was an early reader. I have always felt like a writer, even long before I actually put the pen to paper. My first clips are poetry in the local newspaper when I was in middle school.


I think of teen novelists today and am just blown away because I wasn’t that organized myself. Most of my writing was done in notebooks while I was high up in a maple tree in my backyard! Even my first novel project was written in marble composition notebooks in 2004 (while my computer was turned off.) I still carry a notebook, even though it’s in my purse along with my Surface and my Windows phone. I know, I’m super old school.


 Which authors inspire you, and why?


Laurell K. Hamilton, because that lady knows how to chapter…Stephen King, because he ruined me at an early age (and I love books that I can’t get out of my head)…Melanie Rawn and Mercedes Lackey, because their world-building was just craft—it truly was world building…


I also enjoy Jane Austen, because of the inherent eloquence of her literature… Edgar Allan Poe, because he wasn’t afraid of the dark…and the ad writers who come up with those ridiculous commercials and deodorant labels.

What is your favorite genre to read, and why?


I’m a fantasy girl! There is something about the limitless potential of fantasy and all its shades that absolutely enthralls me. I am always the one to ask “What if…?” and take some perfectly normal realistic situation and ship it right off to fantasy land.


I especially love to read magic realism with well-developed magic systems and intense world building. My favorite books are the ones that I pretend to walk around in long after I put the book down.


Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios wasn’t just an amusement park for me—it was like a part of me came home. All these little kids running around with their wands and their robes and there I am, nodding sagely at them like a proud parent. (Plus, the butterbeer was A-May-Zing!) And to think—all that was because of a book…

What is your favorite genre to write, and why?


I write in various shades of speculative fiction; I’ve never pinned myself down to a single vein of storytelling. My writing ranges from paranormal romance novels to urban fantasy series to sci fi poetry, from YA to general adult audiences. As a blogger for QueryTracker, I also write a lot of non-fiction articles about the craft and business of writing.


I know a lot of writers will stick to a certain style or form but I’m happy writing, anything, for any reason. I simply love language. Most of the time, however, I simply call myself a speculative fiction author, trusting in the enormity of the word “speculative” to cover any and every mood I might be in when I pick up a pen.

What are you currently working on?


Currently, I’m writing a new urban fantasy series about an exorcist mage in Baltimore. The first book, CHARM CITY, is up on where you can read it free!


Currently I’m finishing the second book, MURDER THE LIGHT. The series has angels and demons and the man who stands between them both. Simon Alliant will always have a trick up his sleeve. Then again, most mages do.


There are three other books planned in this series, called “The Demon Whisperer”. I don’t have them all written, but I have the cover art somewhere on my blog. (Images and words go hand in hand for me and, when I’m not writing, I’m usually looking at art to see what kind of inspiration I can glean from it. Often, I get distracted and start designing covers. Go figure!)



HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to The Heartbeat Thief! Let this Victorian dark fantasy surround you in shadows and embrace you in the arms of eternity…

“Krafton not only tells you a story, she makes you experience it with your senses. You can feel the fog moistening your skin as Senza wanders around London. You can smell the city’s decay. You can hear the clatter of horses against the cobblestones. And your own heart will anguish along with Senza as she despairs about life–and death–in an era when a woman’s beauty guaranteed her a well-matched marriage, even more than her wealth…” –Ronesa Aveela, author of the Mystical Emona series


The Heartbeat Thief by AJ Krafton

The Heartbeat Thief
is on special through June 26, 2016…
(List price $3.99)

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Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth–she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it.

In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn’t be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her. But it’s not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It’s death–and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.

So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible–he’d be her perfect match if only he wasn’t so macabre. All his talk about death, all that teasing about knowing how to avoid it…

When her mother arranges a courtship with another man, Senza is desperate for escape from a dull prescripted destiny. Impulsively, she takes Knell up on his offer. He casts a spell that frees her from the cruelty of time and the threat of death–but at a steep price. In order to maintain eternal youth, she must feed on the heartbeats of others.

From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of Time…

How far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death?

The latest in dark fantasy from Ash Krafton…It’s a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allen Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever…


“One of the best stories I’ve ever read…”

“I highly recommend this novel to readers of all ages.”

“A beautifully enchanting story that will steal your heart one beat at a time.”


About the author: Ash Krafton

Ash Krafton writes New Adult speculative fiction under the pen name AJ Krafton. In addition to THE HEARTBEAT THIEF, Ash is also the author of a growing list of poetry, short stories, and urban fantasy novels.
Currently, she’s working on a new series, THE DEMON WHISPERER. First book, CHARM CITY, can be found on where you can read it free. Find it here: CHARM CITY on
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