Hi, I'm Ashley, a bestselling author, writer and producer from Los Angeles, California.
My first feature film, Back Roads, starring Juliette Lewis and Alex Pettyfer premiered as an Official Selection in the Spotlight Narrative section at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, and won Best Feature First Prize at the 2018 Rhode Island International Film Festival.
With 7+ years of entertainment and digital media experience and 9+ years of professional writing experience, I’ve written and produced for a multitude of screen sizes and audiences. Utilizing my literary and legal background, I specialize in book-to-screen adaptations for film and television. I’m a seasoned writer, a passionate producer, and storyteller at heart who loves crafting thrilling narratives and captivating audiences through the written word.
I have five years of international work experience, and experience crafting narratives and content strategies that span platforms and audiences. My past work includes heading up the writing department of a family entertainment brand, writing for major commercial brands, a London-based singer-songwriter, talent management professionals, and media clients.
In my current role at Upturn Productions, I create, develop, and source original scripts for film and television and have been behind the company's first two major success stories, including its first feature film, Back Roads, based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Tawni O’Dell, starring actor/director Alex Pettyfer, Jennifer Morrison, Juliet Lewis, Nicola Peltz, and Robert Patrick, and The Godmother, a TV movie optioned by HBO.
Find out more about my life, work, and projects below!
IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT BOOKS ...
In the future, books are a distant memory. The written word has been replaced by an ever-present stream of images known as Verity. In the controlling dominion of the United Vales of Fell, reading is obsolete and forbidden, and readers themselves do not—cannot—exist.
But where others see images in the stream, teenager Noelle Hartley sees words. She’s obsessed with what they mean, where they came from, and why they found her.
Noelle’s been keeping her dangerous fixation with words a secret, but on the night before her seventeenth birthday, a rare interruption in the stream leads her to a mysterious volume linked to an underworld of rebel book lovers known as the Nine of the Rising. With the help of the Risers and the beguiling boy Ledger, Noelle discovers that the words within her are precious clues to the books of the earlier time—and as a child of their bookless age, she might be the world’s last hope of bringing them back.
Blood, Ink & Fire is a gripping, evocative tale that asks, who would we be without books?
From the Author
“I was born and raised in Los Angeles. 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.”
“My grandfather taught me to love books and be a life-long learner. He had a library that I was allowed to play in. A curious man and lifelong learner himself, he had a great collection. Many of his books were on art and science. I’d spend hours reading through their pages. 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.”