About Ashleigh


As a writer, I've dabbled in a few different genres at this point, but I enjoy modern satire, edgy psychological drama, intelligent chick-lit and character-focused pieces.

As a person, I'm an outgoing blonde that loves all the thrills and spills of life. I'm fascinated with the darker side of the human condition that often evolves while indulging the glam side of our social constructs. This kind of 'ugly pretty' often finds its way into my stories. I've walked the line between the two and after much practice, I'm now grounded enough to keep to the sunny side.

Primarily I'm just looking to share writing, and network with other people that love to play with words. And yes, I am also a member of the 'other site' as Dancing Doll. Feel free to add me if you like!

You can also follow me on Twitter @AshleighLake or find me on Facebook.

Ashleigh Lake
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16 May 2021 11:08
Dirty martinis, psychopaths, ballet slippers, emotional meltdowns, margaritas, hot showers, white sheets, people-watching, scary movies, scandalous secrets, gray matter, sexy bitches, clever arguments, nights you can't remember, clean sweat, triple-espresso, evil-plotting, biological impulse, Christmas morning, plane crashes, vintage postcards, revenge, chocolate cupcakes, thunderstorms, evolution and revolution, sour cherries, dark sunglasses, clean slates.
Favorite Movies:
I love conceptual films and ones with complex character studies, dark undertones, and ones that blur the line between hero and villain. Some of my all time favourites are: Match Point, The Talented Mr Ripley, Candy (australian indie fim), The Killer Within, Pulp Fiction, Hostel, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Kill Bill, Jaws, Closer, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Cabin Fever, Blood Diamond, Crash, Black Swan, American Psycho.
Favorite Music:
I have varied musical tastes. Indie, alt. rock, some grunge rock, progressive house, electronica, trance, 'Hollywood Sadcore', glam pop, instrumental/classical. Lana Del Rey has been my obsession for a few years now.


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Topic: Use One Word to Describe How You're Feeling
Posted: 23 Dec 2010 14:00


Topic: Use One Word to Describe How You're Feeling
Posted: 02 Nov 2010 09:06

Inspired.... drunken

Topic: Writing a Novel
Posted: 28 Oct 2010 21:05

Personally, I planned the entire plot line of the novel down to detailed sketches of how each chapter would progress before I ever started. Given the themes and plot twists in my novel, I needed to be very specific with all the subtle details and foreshadowing. I couldn't bring out a major plot twist half-way through without having been consistent from the beginning. I also wanted to give readers every opportunity to notice certain things that would seem irrelevant during the first half of the story but that would take on great significance during the second half... so readers would have that "oh my god", or "aha" moment later on.

When I write, unless I have a plot line well mapped out (even with short stories), I find that my writing can tend to wander quite a bit. I need to know what my point of view is in the storytelling and how one moment will progress to another.

I do fairly detailed character sketches, but I give myself more flexibility with them as I write. A lot of plot progression will come from dialogue and character actions which can evolve as I go. I have found with the novel that I'm working on, that characters really did come to life, and as I filled the basic outlines of my characters, I found myself starting to grow more attached and/or fond of certain characters I had originally seen as more two-dimensional when I was originally sketching out the plot. It hasn't changed the development of the plot line, but I've given certain characters more "air-time" as I've come to enjoy writing them. Sadly, each character has a very specific fate (some fates worse than others... lol), and that will not change, regardless of how much I've come to enjoy them.

Topic: Use One Word to Describe How You're Feeling
Posted: 27 Oct 2010 17:01


Topic: A Picture Tells a Thousand Words
Posted: 23 Oct 2010 16:21


Topic: A Picture Tells a Thousand Words
Posted: 23 Oct 2010 16:20


Topic: Story Locations
Posted: 22 Oct 2010 05:06

So far I've only written about places that I'm familiar with. My novel takes place in NYC and I've spent quite a bit of time there on and off since I was in my early teens both for pleasure as well as for professional reasons. Details even down to restaurants, party locales, and living spaces have all been taken from my own memories. The city itself is very important to the theme of the story so I chose it carefully. It wouldn't work in any other city. And I started writing the story just after I returned from NYC a year ago after having been a little inspired.

There is a shorter segment of my novel that I'm writing now that takes place in a foreign locale that I haven't been to yet (yikes!). I've actually been doing quite a bit of research online, watching travel clips, and trying to get into the vibe of the locale. It's exotic and tropical and nowhere I had already been would have worked for this plot point so I'm going out on a limb with this one. Hope it works... happy8

Everything else I have written has always used a location I'm familiar with. I'll typically use hotels and restaurants I've been to as well to keep things as authentic as I can.

Topic: Use One Word to Describe How You're Feeling
Posted: 21 Oct 2010 18:51


Topic: Being Typecast by a Genre
Posted: 21 Oct 2010 17:00

Do you feel that a writer can get typecast by their genre?

Many authors will choose to use different pen-names when they write in multiple genres (eg. Stephen King, Iain Banks etc.)

Why do you think this is?

Are readers unable to differentiate, or do you think that an image/expectation can be created by being associated with one genre to such a degree that you need an entirely different name/image in order to publish something different and be respected for it.

How much does the image of the author factor into someone's decision to read a story, and how much can it either add or detract from their credibility in a specific genre?

Eg. If you read romance novels... would you be inclined to pick a romance novel written by Stephen King? Or would you say forget it - that's not his genre and he probably won't know what he's doing.

Topic: Sprite's Wonderland
Posted: 21 Oct 2010 14:27

I love your story series, Sprite. As someone who never really got into the Alice in Wonderland phenomena ( don't hate me...eek! ), I'm finding this piece very refreshing and entertaining! I like the darker aspects, so maybe that's why I'm finding it more thrilling than the traditional AIW story.

Do you find it difficult to switch to Alice's POV and retell the same story? I've read a few novel series where they have done this, and I found that I really enjoyed them. So far, which character's perspective have you enjoyed writing from the most? And do you think that's because the character is more relatable to you as the writer? I always wonder who the author identifies most with in a story series that deals with two different POV's.... icon_smile

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12 Dec 2015 19:13
Thanks for the add. I hope you're having an awesome weekend. All the best. XOXO
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06 Dec 2014 05:24
Happy Halloween!

31 Oct 2014 15:43

To appeal ur both sides
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19 Mar 2014 14:11

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to is lair. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never forget. ~ Arundhati Roy, "The Cost of Living"
14 Mar 2014 06:17
Greetings. Let's take a walk.
08 Mar 2014 06:45
Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
01 Jan 2014 00:30
Hey Ashleigh...stopping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the coming New Year...
24 Dec 2013 22:14
14 Jun 2013 14:47
Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
31 Jan 2013 12:32
Happy birthday, Ashleigh. Hope you enjoy your day!

31 Jan 2012 18:54
Happy Birthday Ashleigh...and it looks like you got two birthday cakes care of this fine site...I heard they're delicious, btw...hope you have a great day, and don't forget to stop by here now and then...see you around...
31 Jan 2012 14:29
Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
31 Jan 2012 02:06
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