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Author RaShell Lashbrook

 Author RaShell Lashbrook

About RaShell –

RaShell was born in Wellington, Kansas, the eldest daughter of Lyle and Marcia Pope Lashbrook. Her parents threw the television away when she was just two years old, so she spent her childhood in Mulvane, Kansas reading, exploring, biting her nails, and picking her nose.

Her deep love of reading always fueled a small flame of desire to write, but it wasn’t until 2012 that she began to practice the craft of throwing words onto paper and rearranging them repeatedly. She is blessed to share her life with her first love, her six magnificent children and their friends, parents that anyone would be envious of, Andee (her best friend since the eighth grade), the best siblings in the whole world, a crazy Australian Shepard, a psychotic Siberian Husky, and a “top-shelf” circle of extended family and friends.

RaShell’s fascination with many different subjects has served her well in her writing. She prefers to think of her dabbling as “research”. Her lasting passions have been organic gardening, music, cooking, murder, mysteries, aliens, and people with mental disorders.




Questions –

1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author? – I was an avid reader as a child. I fantasized about writing when I was a young adult, but it wasn’t until I turned 41 that I actually began to write when I created a blog. Now, I can’t imagine not writing.

2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books? – My first book, Hidden in the Dark, was a four-year long process (not including all of the stuff that comes after, such as beta reading and editing). I had no structure and absolutely no idea where the story was heading. The book that I’m currently writing (a prequal to the first) is moving along at a steady clip. I began writing “How a Monster is Made” in March of 2017. It’s over halfway finished. However, I’m behind schedule – I’d planned to complete it by October 1st!

3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing? I’m fortunate enough to own my own business, so I have flexibility. But, there are days that the only writing space I have is 5:00 a.m.

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? – I don’t believe I’m creating the stories, rather I feel that the characters are telling me their stories. I’m just recording what I see in my mind.

5. How do you come up with ideas for your books? – My books feel like they are divinely inspired. And, like a detective, I figure out what has happened to the characters by searching for clues. (Sounds crazy, I know.)

6. When did you write your first book? I began the first book in 2012.

7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing? – Gardening, figuring out “how-to” stuff. I have a DIY blog and a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching others how to save money and time.

8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing? – They are either very supportive, or indifferent. I’ve tried to convince my children that they have a very talented mother, but they aren’t easily impressed. My mother loved the book, but was a little surprised by some of the graphic violence and detailed sex scenes. My poor father didn’t make it past the first sex scene! But, he’s very proud of me just the same.

9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book? – I learned that I’m capable of being very resourceful. Self-publishing requires creativity and downright determination.

10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite? – Hidden in the Dark is my first completed book. I have several beginnings to other novels, but How a Monster is Made is the most substantial of the unfinished. I can’t say for certain, but I think How a Monster is Made will be my favorite of the two. Of course, there will be more in the future, so feel free to ask me this question again in a year or two.

11. What do you think makes a good story? – A great story has a clever plot, characters that I can either love or hate, and most importantly, emotion that makes me feel joy, pain, or excitement.

12. Where do you like to kick back and write your books? – I have a small writing desk in the corner of my dining room. It’s near a big window, and near my Keurig. It’s perfect.


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