Interview with Ashley Munoz, Author of Wild Card

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Wild Card?

I get inspired by the strangest things– in this case, I had walked past this empty game room, with one small emergency light on inside. There on the pool table was a baseball glove, and for whatever reason I had this image of two college-aged kids, meeting in a dark room pop into my head. When the image wouldn’t leave, I began to add to it. There would be a secret, and somehow baseball would be involved. The whole premise for the book began to unfold from there.  

If you woke up in the world of Wild Card, what is the first thing you would do?

I’d definitely sneak into Trevor’s office, steal all of his Post-it Notes, and rearrange all of his figurines. Maybe leave him a death note or something equally as horrific because he’s a jerk.  

If you had to write a blurb for the last book you read, what would it say?

Oh my gosh, This is a lot of pressure because the blurb on this book was so powerful, it actually had me one-clicking outside of my usual genre. But, *cracks knuckles* here goes nothing: Don’t look out your window. Especially not at night. If you do, you’ll see him there, just the slightest hint of his strong jaw, and the darkness of his eyes. Why he comes each night to watch you sleep, you can only guess, but as long as no other touches you, you’ll be safe. Allow another’s hands to roam your body and they’ll be delivered to you in a nice little package on your stoop. He is an obsession you don’t know you want. A scar your body will never hide, a wound you’ll never survive. Be careful little mouse, the hunter is coming for you.

*Laughs* Okay that was all I could do, her real blurb is so much better, this is for Haunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton.

What romantic couple from literature makes you swoon? Which one is over-hyped?

This is a tough question. I love me a grumpy, misunderstood, blue-collar-hero with a happy-sunshine heroine. That combo always gets me swooning. As far as over-hyped- the all-powerful, and ever-so-hot billionaire that can get anyone but always seems to fall for the nerdy, awkward girl.

Do you have any quirky writing habits?

Is procrastinating considered a habit? Could it be considered lucky if I manage to magically meet all my deadlines? Otherwise, not really.  

Where did you write Wild Card?

I’m currently without an office, so Wild Card was mostly written from my couch, car, or bed. We have an adjustable bed, so it’s really nice when I grab my little writing table and eight support pillows. It’s like having a pillow fort, where you’re the boss and no one can tell you no.  

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t compare your first draft to someone’s finished product. That goes in line with not comparing your journey or pace with anyone else.  

Ashley Munoz is the author of the new book Wild Card

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