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"A thing of beauty is a joy forever." - john keats

Know what I love so much about living in the South? The tea is perfect, the sunsets are slow, and the people are friendly. If you’re tired, you can always find a porch swing and a dog to keep you company. I hope you find this warmth in my stories.

Hi! I'm Ashley.

I write romance with southern grace and have dreamed of being a writer ever since the thumbprint-cookie-days of library story hour. I have an M.A. in English and love teaching literature courses as an adjunct. I'm an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When I'm not writing, I'm usually busy rescuing stray animals and finding charming new towns. Let's connect on social media!

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"No matter how hard we try to run from shadows, we’ll spend half our lives living in them. Because the thing of it is, we were never supposed to run.” - Ashley Clark

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