Ashley Mansour is writer and producer with over 6 years of experience in the entertainment industry writing for film, television and children's media. Her bestselling debut novel, Blood, Ink & Fire, was published in December 2015 by Upturn Publishing.
BLOOD, INK & FIRE
In mid-2014, Ashley began a yearlong experiment. She overcame her fear of social media, set up an Instagram profile—@ashleymwrites—and began sharing her writing journey (pitfalls and all) with readers and writers online. She discovered a community of amazing people who cared deeply about reading and books—and about the curious story she was writing that featured a world without both of them. One year later, Ashley’s dystopian sci-fi novel for young adults, Blood, Ink & Fire, was complete.
Blood, Ink & Fire is a compelling story for anyone who is passionate about literacy and believes in the power of books.
Ashley holds five years of international work experience, and over nine years of experience crafting narratives and content strategies that span platforms and audiences. She has enjoyed working for both small and mid sized companies as well as independently as a freelancer. Her past work includes writing for film and television, managing a family entertainment brand, as well as writing for major commercial brands, a London-based singer-songwriter, talent management professionals, and media clients. In her current role at Upturn Productions, Ashley creates original content for film and television and has just produced her first feature film entitled Back Roads, based on the New York Times Selling novel by Tawni O’Dell, starring actor/director Alex Pettyfer, Jennifer Morrison, Juliet Lewis, Nicola Peltz, and Robert Patrick.
A storyteller at heart, Ashley loves crafting thrilling narratives and captivating audiences through the written word.
From the Author
“I was born in ‘the valley’—the San Fernando Valley—and raised in Orange County. I was an incredibly outdoorsy child. Climbing trees, fishing, camping, and getting cut up and dirty form some of my best memories.”
“I’m named after a literary character: George Ashley Wilkes from Gone With The Wind. It’s my mother’s all-time favorite book.”
“I first discovered the wonder of books at my grandfather’s house. He had a library that I was allowed to play in. A curious man and lifelong learner, he had a great collection. Many of his books were on art and science. I’d spend hours reading through their pages. I feel my imagination had its first growth spurt here.”
“I consider myself multi-cultural, with heritage from Italy, Germany, Holland, the UK, Argentina, and Syria. Many people think my last name is French, often mistaking it for monsieur, but it’s a Syrian name from my great-grandfather who immigrated to England during the First World War.”
“I come from a creative family. My mother had a long career as a vocalist and actress. My grandfather was a draftsman and self-taught artist. I learned to sing and read music at a young age and now it’s forever part of me.”