Ashlee Cowles

About me

Ashlee Cowles fell in love with historical fiction the first time she read classics such as Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables–stories about girls growing up in the “olden days” that continue to speak years later.

An “army brat” upbringing gave Ashlee the opportunity to travel the world. Living in Europe during her teenage years sparked an interest in stone castles, cathedrals, and stories of the past, which led to graduate studies in Theology at Duke University and Medieval History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Ashlee writes novels for adults and teens that explore a variety of historical and philosophical themes. Her work is represented by Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management.

From my website

What Teens Really Want to Read (or Lessons Learned from Teaching High School Lit)

The school year is coming to an end, which has caused me to reflect on all the works we’ve read in my classes this year and the stories my literature students have enjoyed the most. I’ve also been reading blogs and articles about what’s “in” in YA fiction at the…

Ursula K. Le Guinn: Fantasy is the New Realism

During her recent acceptance speech of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Ursula K. Le Guinn, one of the most beloved writers of fantasy and science fiction alive today, stirred authors awake with her prophetic words: “We will need writers to remember freedom…the realists of a new reality.”

Top 10 [Spring Break] Trips for Book Worms

The month of March usually means Spring Break for anyone with a connection to a school. If you live in a location with an actual winter (like me), the cabin-fever month of February is finally over and you’re ready to get out of the house and explore. If you’re a book…

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