Harris hopes her debut effort sends a message to young readers, "As a teenager, no matter what you're going through and how awkward and impossible things feel, you are special and were put on earth with the ability to do great things. Anyone can make a difference", states Harris.
In 2008 Harris won second place in ABC Family’s Greek Virtual Rush contest for a series of short films she wrote and produced. Her background as a film director has had a strong influence on her writing career. "Writing novels has always been a love and passion of mine since I was a young girl, but what makes me a little different is my background in film production,"
SHOCK ME is a self-published novel. "As someone who works in the entertainment industry, I always try to keep up with the currents trends in what people are reading and watching. I felt my novel fit into a trend that is re-surfacing now and knew in my gut that it was time to move and release it," says Harris. "E-books and self publishing, now more than ever, are trends that are rapidly growing, even among giant best-selling authors. It allows you to determine your book's target market, publicity track, book cover, book trailer, and so on. Things traditionally published authors can't do. That's something I thought I'd have great fun with."
Harris started editing videos in college for extra money. "I was a business major but as my editing jobs got bigger and bigger I realized video production was a passion, so I changed my major," reveals Harris. "I think the book trailer market is one that is under estimated. In the past all book trailers contained were slow moving pictures from the book's cover; now with the rapid sharing of E-books we can make our trailers exciting, and more closely related to TV and movie trailers to grab new markets." The official book trailer for SHOCK ME was produced by Harris and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/
SHOCK ME is on sale now at Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Smashwords. Look for the next installment in the Shock Me series soon from Ashley Harris. Get more information at the authors website http://www.ashleycharris.com.
About the Book:
SHOCK ME by Ashley C. Harris, Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Words: 68,230, ePub ISBN: 9781301578399, from Smashwords
About Ashley Harris:
Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. When she is not hard at work writing or dreaming up new indie films she spends her time working out, reading the bible, and going on breath taking adventures with her sister.
The seed for becoming an author started budding for Ashley in the third grade, when she wrote her first hundred page book during her class's quite time, her teacher couldn't believe it and voiced over her that surly she'd become an author someday. Those words never left Ashley and she has been writing ever since.
Ashley loves to create young adult, science fiction, fantasy novels, and is currently working on her first steamy romance... with more to come.