I read a lot. I have opinions, always. And I am a self-identified feminist. I don't like 'Jane Eyre,'  and it's best to get that out in the open from the beginning. 

Hi, I'm Ashley. I'm an artist and theatrical designer living in Birmingham, AL. Reading has always been a passion of mine, starting from the time I was sitting on my Dad's lap as he read Dr. Seuss to my little brother and myself. I read everything, all genres, fiction and non-fiction and there are only two books I've ever come across that I just couldn't finish. And one day I will pick up Vanity Fair to finish it and that number will be down to one. 


I am a pretty outspoken feminist, and sometimes become frustrated with the depiction of women in literature and pop culture. Also, I know we all benefit from inclusive and diverse storytelling. I am a devout believer that the people hold the power, that consumers drive the market, and if we just demand better characters, publishers will have to comply. 


You can also check out more about me and my work at my professional website


I always love recommendations on new books to read, so email me!


E-Mail: bettercharactersblog@gmail.com

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Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of 48, on the verge of divorce, Rita left an elegant life in LA to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. This book encourages us to dust off our dreams and rediscover the joy so many of us bury when we become adults.

The Bookshop

 by Penelope Fitzgerald

The year is 1959 and the kind-hearted widow Florence Green risks everything to open the only bookshop in the seaside town of Hardborough. What follows can only be described as the quaint, strange, and often sad happenings of a small, isolated community. The plot is not filled with grand parties, unlikely lovers, or a shocking penultimate event. But somehow, because the world of this story seems to fit in a snow globe, each small shake builds on the one before until those same every day situations are riddled with dramatic tension. I was truly amazed at how invested I was in the life of Florence's small bookshop.