AshleyPeanut butter is my jam. (See what I did there?) I’m not a huge chocolate fan, but if you combine it with peanut butter I’ll eat it almost 100% of the time. Peanut butter milkshakes might be my favorite food of all time.

love names. I love their meanings, the way they sound when they’re spoken out loud, and the stories behind them. I read baby name books for fun. One of my favorite things about starting a new novel is coming up with excellent character names.

Speaking of names, some names have tastes to me. For instance, Bridget tastes like matzo crackers and Tina tastes like macaroni salad. This doesn’t happen with all names, though, so my daily life probably isn’t much tastier than yours. 🙂

I am 100% introverted. That doesn’t mean I’m shy or socially inept, but it does mean I require dedicated “alone time” to recharge and I often prefer observation to conversation, especially in new situations or when I’m with larger groups of people. It also means I’ll love chatting with you about the deeper things in life but have a harder time tracking if we’re doing the small talk dance.

I have a creative writing degree, but I dream of going back to school one day for a Masters in counseling. Counseling and fiction may seem like they don’t have a lot in common at first, but I’ve seen story reach hearts in ways I never could have dreamed. I want to be sure my words offer strength, dignity, and laughter or joy to my readers, and I believe I can do that better if I have more tools and training to help others through difficult situations.

Group texts scare me. If you include me in a group text, I probably won’t respond because I’d be mortified if I texted the others included in your text with something I meant to text you alone.

Thanks to my years as a camp counselor, I can build an excellent five-foot-tall campfire with one match. (Related: I am a huge fan of s’mores.)

My favorite animals are wombats. I almost failed a Spanish presentation in high school because I did a presentation on wombats, and it turns out the Spanish word for wombat is…wombat. My teacher thought I was being lazy and made me re-do my report using an animal with more variation in the translation.

I sponsor four kids with Compassion International. In 2011, I got to meet my little guy in Guatemala, and that was a life-changing experience. It’s so exciting to watch these kids as they grow up and begin making positive changes in their communities. Also? They write the best letters.

Spoilers don’t bother me. I don’t mind hearing about the surprise ending before I’ve seen the movie. I like knowing the twist before getting into the series. Sometimes I read the last page first. Basically it all comes down to the fact that I’m not at all a fan of surprises.

If I could have any superpower, I’d exist outside of time. Mostly because I haaaaate when my alarm goes off in the morning, so it would be amazing if I could hit a pause button, keep snoozing, then un-pause everything once I was nice and rested. Doesn’t that sound like the best?