Get to know Kelly…
Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets. For more info, visit her website.
Would you mind sharing an embarrassing moment?
When I was in middle school I went to the dentist with my mother and sister. My mom was getting her teeth cleaned and I had to use the bathroom, so I told my sister I was going down the hall to the restroom. After a few minutes my sister came looking for me. I heard her call my name and yelled back to her. Then she yelled, “That’s the men’s room!” and ran back into the dentist’s office, leaving me there by myself. I’m very careful to read the signs on the restroom doors before entering now.
What great idea did you come up with, but never followed through on?
I’ve always wanted to invent the rear horn for people who ride on your bumper. Instead of just a horn sound it would be obnoxious so people wanted to back away from you.
What odd habit or quirk do you have?
Oh, let’s see… I have talented feet that can pick up things and even hitchhike. (Don’t ask.) I can recite the alphabet faster backwards than forwards. I have an aversion to the number three but can’t for the life of me figure out why. I love walking through cemeteries.
Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
St. Thomas. I love the U.S. Virgin Islands. I’ve been to St. Thomas twice, and while I love Aruba more, St. Thomas is the prettiest place I’ve ever been. The mountains and Caribbean Sea are just breathtaking.
What celebrity—past or present—would you trust the least with a spare key to your house?
Adam Sandler. You know he’s going to do some weird things to your stuff.
Would you ever consider living with a tribe deep in the Amazon?
Not even for a second. I’m terrified of snakes, and the Amazon has way too many!
What do you get most enthusiastic about?
Seeing my daughter reading. She’s only seven, but she loves novels. She stays up late, reading in bed and I could just stare at her reading. I love to see kids appreciate books for the amazing adventures they are.
If you went to a psychiatrist, what would he/she say you suffer from?
I’m laughing so hard at this question because I’m sure a psychiatrist would have a field day with me. Talking about all the voices in my head (my characters’) would be enough to have me committed BEFORE I even got to mention I’m a writer.
What makes you uncomfortable?
Driving to places I’ve never been before. I hate driving and the thought of getting lost somewhere unfamiliar always makes me uncomfortable.