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  • How do you say your name?
    Thanks for asking! My name is Ah-lee-sha D-ow!
  • Where Were You Born And Raised?
    I was born and raised in Milford, Massachusetts!
  • Where did you go to school?
    I went to Milford High School, then onto Johnson & Wales University where I received my Bachelor's of Science in Baking & Pastry Arts, and then to Simmons College (and finished at the University of South Florida) for my Master's in Library & Information Science.
  • Where do you live now?
    Currently, I live in Providence, RI.
  • So You're a Pastry Chef, What's your favorite dessert to make?
    My favorite thing will always be pie. When I was a growing up, there were apple orchards everywhere. After school, I would help the owners pick the apples in return for a basket. Needless to say, I got very good at making apple pie! It was a special thing my mom and I would do, and I still feel close to her when I bake one.
  • What's Your Favorite Thing to EaT?
    This one's easy. Raisinets!
  • What are your favorite Movies?
    Fifth Element, Black Panther, Sleeping Beauty, About Time, Baby Boom, The Holiday, and more :)
  • Your Books Feature a lot of Music, what do you like to Listen to?
    Everything except probably country and metal. I grew up with oldies and those feature a lot in my stories. My tastes change with my mood. I love music that makes me feel!
  • What was your journey to becoming a published author?
    I wrote my first story in kindergarten and then and there, I thought I might like to tell stories, though I wasn't sure how. Most of my childhood was spent reading or in the library. In college, I took food writing and became a critic, and that opened up the writing world to me. Soon after, I was starting stories--though never finishing them. After becoming a librarian, I thought it would be cool to take a writing superheroes class. That was a big moment for me! I learned how to tell a complete story. From there, I got a Writing in the Margins Mentorship from Tamara Mataya, and a year later, The Sound of Stars was born. There were some bumps along the way, but I'm happy and honored to be writing today.
  • Any advice for new writers?
    Don't let rejection break your heart. Keep writing. People will need your stories, and no one can write like you.
  • Are you available to speak to schools, Book Clubs, libraries?
    Yes! Please go to my "EVENTS & SERVICES" Page!!
  • How do you get through Writer's Block?
    I walk. I dance. I watch something or read something in another genre. I fill my head with everything but the story and weirdly, by the time I'm not thinking about it, I'll have found a solution to my block!
  • Who are your favorite Authors?
    SO MANY FAVORITES. I really loved Philip K. Dick growing up. But right now, I love Sarah MacLean, Bethany C. Morrow, Olivia Dade, Adiba Jaigirdar, Rebecca Coffindaffer, J. Elle, Tiffany Jackson, Angie Thomas, Justin Reynolds, and Tracy Badua. AND MORE. This was a tough question, shame on you for stressing me out, lol!
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