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Highly Textured Writer: Ashley C. Ford

high•ly tex•tured writ•er: A person whose work is to write books, poems, or stories and has curly or kinky hair.

Welcome Ashley C. Ford to Librarian Dreams.

1. What is your signature hairstyle and how do you achieve it?
My signature hairstyle is a small-medium afro with a headband. Honestly, I love it because it’s so easy. I’m not a girl who has patience to spend a lot of time on her hair, so I like to keep it simple and sweet. Every once in a while I’ll do a twistout or add some bright barrettes.

2. Which books could give insight on you as a person? Why?
I think you could read Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and Towelhead by Alicia Erian and you’d know the entirety of my heart. All three of those books took me to a place emotionally that revealed the next part of my emotional journey. They all helped me be better.


3. Do you have any fond memories of being at the library? 
For many years, the library was the only place I could go and feel absolutely safe. Not just physically safe, but emotionally safe. The librarians were sweet to me and charmed by my love for and understanding of books that were well above my age. It was safe to be excited about words. And I was always excited about words. My favorite memories of the library are of me making a stack of books in the the Teen section and trying to see how many I could finish in a day. I would read until they kicked me out. Lovingly, of course.


4. I read in an interview that your father sends you hand-written letters. Did that inspire you to become a writer?
My father’s letters are beautiful, and they’ve meant a lot to me, but he is a visual artist more than anything else. Before I could even read his letters, I was enamored with the cards he drew for me. They were all covered with gorgeous hand-drawn flowers, animals, butterflies, and light. So much light. I’d always been told my father was an artist and a dreamer, and I couldn’t draw, but I could do something similar with words. That was certainly an inspiration. The need to put beauty in the world is something I come by honestly.


Want to know more about Ashley C. Ford? You can follow her on Twitter or visit her website.



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