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Ashly E. Smith

Title:  Attributes of an Aquarius
Author: Ashly E. Smith
Release Date: Feb. 18

Ashly E. Smith, a writer and poet from Baltimore, graduated from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland, and also attended Towson University. She belongs to the Academy of American Poets and The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).  With her strong pop culture background, she is a regular contributor to various publications including the Examiner and Graffiti on the Wall magazine where she creates articles that inspire, as well as entertain.

What was the impetus for writing this book?

My goal is to be one who inspires and uplifts, through sharing numerous experiences that we all deal with from tests of faith, to personal sorrow and triumph. While serving as a guide for those who have lost the way, I also wanted to paint a lyrical picture of the cogent heart that it takes to attain the gold at rainbow’s end.

What’s the overall theme?

The theme of my book is poetry with elements of inspiration and self help.

What surprised you about the development of the book?

I was surprised at how much I have grown both mentally and spiritually. The experiences from which my words were created have made me realize that I would have been incapable of releasing my book 5 or 10 years ago.

What one thing do you most want the reader to learn?

The importance of empowering yourself when others refuse to do so

What one thing do you want the reader to remember forever?

That no matter how bleak things seem, quitting is not an option when it comes to pursuing your dreams.

What did you learn during the writing process? I found a plethora of attributes within myself that many others can relate to despite their zodiac signs, race or gender.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

Definitely more books! I have much more inspiration to share since I’m still learning every day.