BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After years of creating short stories, poems and novels that produced awe-inspiring visuals of love, passion and adventure, Birmingham native Ashley Rogers released her first short novel on April 17, 2018. “Choices” is available on Amazon and is currently a hot seller in the Birmingham area.
Rogers personifies the heartfelt relationship between two twin sisters as they deal with the deadly effects of domestic abuse, independence and redemption in this thrilling, coming-of-age novel. In the book, Leila and Lila Evans fight to escape an abusive figure, but later realize more dangers await them. They soon discern that they can only be redeemed through the choices they make moving forward.
The 27-year-old author knew from a young age that writing was deeply engrained in her being. The journey to the publication of “Choices” began almost seventeen years ago when Rogers was chosen to attend the Birmingham Young Author’s Conference by her fifth grade teacher at Sun Valley Elementary School. Rogers was just a fifth grade student excited to ascertain all she could to immerse her growing passion for writing into the lives of every individual she could find.
As she sat with each featured author at the conference, Rogers studied their style, sapience and originality. Consequently, she learned how a narrative can take shape without a clear ending being uncovered in the writer’s psyche. She was taught the fanciful and sometimes fanatical leaps and bounds that a writer must take to convince, haulage, hook and draw in an audience.
Throughout the following years of Rogers’ life, she grasped for any facet that involved writing whether it was fictional, persuasive, creative or poetry. She began to delve deeper into writing as she reached college, majoring in print and broadcast journalism at the University of Montevallo with a minor in public relations. While attending the University of Montevallo, Rogers was a staff writer with the University of Montevallo’s Alabamian Campus Newspaper, anchor/live reporter of UM’s Falcon Weekly broadcast and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She also landed a valued internship at a well-renowned Birmingham news station, Alabama’s 13 News. She would go on to receive her Master’s in Public Relations from Kent State University.
During her journalistic endeavors after graduation, Rogers contributed her writing capabilities to the financial industry in the digital communications and social media marketing departments of Fortune 500 Company Regions Bank for 3 years. In later years, she offered her expertise in media relations, social media creation, press releases, web content, photography, videography and article writing for what was formerly the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.
Rogers finds her true haven in producing fictional, yet inspirational creative content for an audience of pre-teens, young adults and those young at heart.
“Ashley’s passion for creating quality content that goes to the heart of her readers is unmatched,” said Jimmie Washington, supervisor of supply chain management at Alabama Power and the co-head of media relations at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church along with Rogers. “Her intelligent perspectives on life bleed onto her paper, as she writes the stories the world needs to hear.”
When asked what drives her to write, Rogers had this to say. “An amazing, passionate, lyrical, soulful, emotional escape--- this is what writing means to me. It encompass thoughts about life, relationships and emotions that flow like stream water through every core of my being. It house every single piece of me. This is how it's always been and how it will always be.”
Purchase “Choices” in digital or paperback form: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1980868042.
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