Wednesday, January 3, 2018


The unending accounts of sexual assault on college campuses compelled me to write Survivors’ Dawn.

My goal in writing the novel was NOT to focus on the act itself, but instead, to write of the victim’s journey, to tell a story about the strength, courage, and determination of survivors, to describe the difficulties they face in their pursuit of justice, and finally, to offer hope for a future where students can pursue their dreams without fear of being attacked.

As Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You” implies, non-victims can never truly know how it feels to be assaulted, but we can try to empathize, and we can try to help. Awareness is key to reducing the incidence of sexual assault on campus. Please do your part by taking the It's On Us pledge and contributing to organizations that are fighting on the front lines.

Thank you to readers who give me encouragement. It means so much to me. Word of mouth is an incredible thing, so thank you also for telling your friends about Survivors' Dawn. 



What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

I can’t remember. I’ve always loved stories, listening to them, telling them, and reading them. It seemed natural to want to write stories of my own, but it took years of effort and many failed drafts before I knew I could write a story worth reading.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?


Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

It depends on my mindset at the time. When reading a novel as a writer, I pay attention to the author’s use of dialogue, description, character, and plot, and I take notes. All writers learn from other writers. When reading as a reader, I get caught up in the story and focus much less on the mechanics. I never take notes when watching a movie.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

Always. In the second grade, my first poem was published in the school journal. It ran four lines and rhymed. I keep the journal in a box of old papers.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

Read Stephen King’s On Writing.

Read the Write Great Fiction series—five short books—and do the exercises.

Read The Chicago Manual of Style’s section on commas. It’s eighteen pages long.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

Not very often. I enjoy all aspects of writing: story idea cultivation, outline development, the first draft, the many subsequent revision passes, and even the final polish reads. Occasionally, when researching details, I wander into the weeds and waste an hour, but even then I often find a shiny stone or two that will add color to the story.

What hours do you write best?

I can write anywhere anytime. I can write sitting in a busy airport amid flight announcements and crying babies. But I write most efficiently during the early morning hours in a closed room with no interruptions.

How often do you write?

I write every day, if only for thirty minutes. Given the time, I would write for six hours every day of the year. Gloria Steinem famously said, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” That’s how I feel.

Are you an avid reader?

I read the newsfeed on my phone, blogs, romance novels, mysteries, biographies, National Geographic, the Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, cereal boxes, toothpaste tubes, and anything else I can get my hands on.

What are you reading now?

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy. It’s been on my iPad for a year. I keep coming back to it. I love his writing, but the story feels like it’s gone on a bit too long.

What are you currently working on?

In my next novel, a poor kid from Appalachia bootstraps her way through law school and into a high-dollar lobbying job for the pharmaceutical industry. After legislation is passed that thwarts the DEA’s efforts to stem the tide of black market painkillers, she returns home for a funeral and must face the carnage brought to her former town by illegal prescription opioids.

The publication timeframe is TBD.

About the Book:

Author: Ashley Warren
Publisher: Chaparral Press LLC
Pages: 316
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Women’s Fiction / New Adult Fiction


A heroic story of three college women’s fight for justice
At first glance, Brooke Flanagan, Lauren Le, and Nikki Towers have little in common: a churchgoing virgin, a party girl, and a resident advisor. But they all have their own dreams, dreams that can be shattered in a single night.
When freshman Brooke Flanagan first arrives at the university, she’s excited to escape her sheltered life in a Southern town. Lauren Le, a scholarship student, likes to have a good time, but she never disappoints her hardworking, single mom. Nikki Towers always goes her own way. Confident, poised, and wealthy, Nikki’s biggest problem is what to do with her future.
Into these girls’ lives walks Colin Jordan. Colin is the son of a private equity titan, captain of his club basketball team, and a brilliant pre-law student. He is also a sexual predator.
Survivors’ Dawn relates a journey of heroes: the strength, courage, and determination of the victims as they fight to survive; the obstacles they face in their pursuit of justice; and finally, with its conclusion, hope for a future where students can pursue their dreams without fear of being attacked.
A contemporary novel, Survivor’s Dawn wrestles with issues of privilege, sexual assault, and the responsibility of academic institutions to protect their students.



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