Feb 14, 2023
Ashley wrote 40,000 words into the first draft of Dark Mode
before scrapping most of it and restarting. Then she ploughed
through to the end of a clunky draft in order to create a
scene-by-scene outline of the plot mechanics. The outline became
the blueprint for the next major revision – the one that landed her
In this ep, Ashley also talks about how she draws on her writers' group (or as James calls it, emotional focus group) throughout her writing process in order to craft her scenes and story.
Plus, she shares why she's glad she waited until she'd been writing for 20 years to try a crime manuscript.
This is one of four weekly mini-episodes in celebration of the March 1st Australian release day!
A riveting psychological thriller drawn from true events, Ashley's debut novel Dark Mode delves into the terrifying reality of the dark web, and the price we pay for surrendering our privacy one click at a time.
You can pre-order Dark Mode in Australia and in the UK, from these links or your favourite bookshop.
Join Ashley and Anna Downes at the Sydney launch of Dark Mode! (James will be there too!) Friday 3 March, 6.30-7.30pm, Better Read Than Dead, Newtown – free, bookings essential.
Join Ashley and JP Pomare at the Melbourne launch of Dark Mode! Thursday 9 March, 6.30-7.30pm, Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon St – free, bookings essential.
James' novel 'Denizen' is out now! Learn more about it and get your copy here.
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