About Ashley

I’m a children’s book writer, and here’s my confession:

I didn’t read much as a kid. Instead, I climbed trees, raced go-karts, and planned missions to the moon. I followed the dream of becoming an astronaut all the way through college and an internship at NASA Ames. But then I saw—as I squinted up at my qualifications—that I’d become too near-sighted to pilot a ship to far-flung places. So, I flew (coach) to grad school and began a career in robotics, determined to launch something, if not myself.

There, I went on an interesting journey without ever leaving the artificial intelligence lab. Through robotics and computer simulation, I explored the wonders of this world. The sonar sensing strategies of bats, the role of humpback whale song, and the ingenious navigation systems of tiny honeybees. So began my fascination with sound and perception. I’ve pursued these interests through writing code and later narratives.

Today, I’m a proud graduate of the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where I was a three-time award winner. I also hold degrees in Mechanical Engineering (U.C. Berkeley) and Artificial Intelligence (The University of Edinburgh). I’m active in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and represented by Kelly Dyksterhouse at The Tobias Literary Agency. I write fiction and nonfiction for young people and help new authors tell their stories in Bay Area youth programs.

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