In this next installment of our Local Authors Series we’re talking to Denise Ashurst. In case you’ve missed previous articles, we’ve learned that there are nearly two dozen authors locally here in town. But, there doesn’t really seem to be a way to easily find the books they’ve written or any local source for them to promote their work. We created this series to share the authors stories and to let all of you – perspective readers – get to hear about their works. (If you’ve missed our previous columns, we’ve got links for you at the bottom of this page.)
Please tell us about the book(s) you’ve written and a short synopsis…What inspired you to write them?
As a young woman, I made mistakes in life that I was ashamed of and I’d wish there was someone who would have pointed me in the right direction; to make right choices! So as I grew older, I sought to teach others how to make right choices while they were young.
What do you hope your readers experience or learn from reading your work?
To make right choices in life and to be example for others to follow.
When and how did you publish it?
What events in your life contributed to your becoming an author?
I was teaching women’s Purity Classes, using another author’s book, when confronted and encouraged one day to write my own book, that would be more tailored to the specific issues pertaining to purity as it is presented in the Bible.
What would you say to other would-be authors about the process of writing?
I did not take a classes or seminars in writing, I found that, storytelling came naturally to me, so putting it in writing was not too difficult. I would however, suggest that those embarking on writing should take a course, to learn the finer points on becoming an author and also the art of marketing.
How long have you lived in Boulder City? What do you like most about living here?
I’ve lived in Boulder City for 14 years. I like the neighborhood camaraderie, and find it easy to traverse around town, walking or biking. I also enjoy the plethora of activities and events Boulder has for such a small town; It’s truly a one-stop-shop kind of town!
Any other thoughts you’d like our readers to know about you or your work?
I was born in Yonkers, New York to Julian and Regina Howard, and the sister of Gerald and Gilbert Howard.
Life’s journey took me to twenty years in the Military (Air Force) and thirteen years with the Department of Energy. I’m the mother of three beautiful children, Narada, Danielle, and Jay (stepson). And finally, I love my life style as a single Christian woman, devoting my time, energy and ability to mentor women of all ages!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this visit with Denise! If you’ve missed either of our other interviews in this series you can see both of these authors stories here:
- Meet Carl Raines
- Meet Angela Smith
- Meet Dale Napier
- Meet Stephen Osbourne
- Meet Rudi Kraft
- Meet Joyce Lewis
- Meet Lisa and Matthew
- Meet Kristine Sader
- Meet Karen Wilkes
- Meet Rhonda Gatlin
And…this month is another one of the Boulder City Library’s Local Author Fairs! The event is April 27th – 1pm – 3pm. All ages are welcome, in the Community Room. Visit, meet and talk with some of our local writing talent!