Fighting Back – Overcoming Obstacles

Today, I’d like to welcome Ashlynn Pearce to my blog. Ashlynn has been struggling with some major health issues and I wanted to give her the opportunity to tell you about her journey and to also introduce you to her book, FUEL, which releases tomorrow.

I hope this provides some encouragement to others facing major obstacles to keep fighting, to know that it IS possible to overcome despite the roadblocks in your path. One of my favorite sayings is, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Ashlynn’s journey proves that to be true. So now I’m going to turn the blog over to Ash.

Were it not for Hope, the Heart would Break…

April 28, 2010 my first book was published…and I had a stroke.

Yes, on the same day.

They never figured out why I had the stroke, nor can they explain all the multitude of symptoms I have and fight every day. As far as the medical community goes, nothing is wrong with me.

That’s a freakin’ lie.

When I got home, I fought extremely blurry vision for months before that cleared up. I had/have seizure like muscle spasms throughout my entire body, including my face. My eyelids will force themselves closed and will not open until they are ready to. I had to re-teach myself to type. I have to concentrate when I hand-write or I misspell everything. There are times I can’t talk at all, and a lot of times when I do, it’s slow and hard to understand. I don’t process things like I did before and can’t handle loud noises or flashes of light. I don’t handle stress well and I developed anxiety and severe depression.

I’m not allowed to drive, go to the store alone, or even go in my front yard alone. Because I lose my eyes at the snap of my fingers and I get confused and disoriented quickly. I often have to use a walker or wheelchair because I can’t walk. My husband often has to help me undress for bed, because I can’t. I can go from okay, to not being able to speak within seconds, with no warning.

I still deal with all of this on a daily basis and lose approximately 3+ days a week.

Trust me when I say, this post is not about poor me.

This is about fighting back.

This is about figuring out a way to do what you love. No matter what.

To say I was lost without being able to write is an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I tried SO many times to write. I totally gave up as many times as I tried. I even threw away all my writing notes, the character notebooks I had and a lot of books on writing. I just tossed them in the trash. (I kick myself for doing that now)

When I say gave up, I mean, I curled up in a ball in the recliner, turned on the tv and did…nothing. (And FYI that is NOT me. I hate tv and hate doing nothing even more.)

In the midst of depression, I voiced to my friend, Linda (yes, the one who owns this blog) maybe I can try one more time. Write a really short story. You know, like 5K words. Just something I maybe can finish.

She told me to go for it, poked and prodded me until I gave it a shot.

I had nothing.

I couldn’t think of a single story or character idea…and I cried. The ugly cry.

I thought, well, that confirms it. I’ve lost the ability. It’s just gone.

I was heartbroken.

But Linda started tossing out ideas. Nothing she said stuck…BUT it did get my wheels turning.

In May of 2014 I had an inkling of an idea so went with it. Then it grew. And grew. I wrote 5K…it wasn’t done so I kept going. I hit 20K, still wasn’t done. When I hit 30K, I thought, no way, but by this time, I had an entire cast of characters all babbling away. All wanting their story and the DirtSlap series was born.

FUEL was done at 40K words and will be available Jan. 29, 2015.
WRECK immediately followed at 50K+ words, is in editing phase and will be out in May 2015.
FIXT and WIRED are plotted and KRUSH, a short story, is in writing stages now and will be out this summer in an anthology I was invited to participate in.


In spite of it all the setbacks, I did it—but not alone. Along with Linda, there have been a whole slew of peeps cheering me on. I couldn’t have done it without their encouragement.

Every one of us fights a battle no one else knows about. But I do know if you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. You WILL find a way. It might not be pretty and you may fail many, many times before you make it, but if you want it. Do it. Go for it.

Life waits for no one. LIVE your life now. Pour every bit of passion you have into it and try. You will never know for sure until you do.

Because were it not for Hope, the Heart would break.


Once upon a time…You ain’t gonna believe this sh**!
(I always wanted to start a bio like that!) But seriously—scrap that, I’m not serious, but I do love to write. Create characters. Give them hope that there is something better around the corner. It’s my passion. I live and breathe stories. When I’m not arguing with the characters in my head (yes, I do that, you can ask my hubby who thinks I’m nuts btw), I’m taking care of said hubby, my two kids and a melee of furbabies. I’m Okie born and bred and, yes, we get a lot of twisters and, no, there aren’t any teepees around that I’ve seen. Follow me around to see what other mischief I’m up to!

Amazon Author page:

FUEL… DirtSlap series





WRECK – out May 2015 (no links as of yet)

About Linda Trout

I'm a retired accountant who loves a little space around me. What better way to think of new story ideas than under a tall tree, birds chirping, gofers digging, dogs barking, and cats demanding to be in your lap? When I'm totally bored, I climb on my Harley and go for a ride. That'll blow the cobwebs out of your brain.
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15 Responses to Fighting Back – Overcoming Obstacles

  1. Ashlynn says:

    Thanks for having me over, Linda! Love ya, girlie!

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  3. Alicia Dean says:

    Beautiful, inspiring post. I’m SO happy that you fought back and are now doing what you love to do. This is a good lesson for those who whine about not having time to write. That’s an easy obstacle compared to what you’ve overcome. I am also so pleased to have met you. Linda is a great friend, and you are both wonderful ladies!

    • Ashlynn says:

      Thanks. And I think it a strike of genius that I met you, as well. Linda likes to tell me how inspiring I am, but I don’t see it. There were only two choices, quit or do it. And as Linda will tell you, I’m stubborn to a fault. haha! I do it and it’s not pretty a lot, but I keep plugging.

      Thanks for the kind words.

  4. Laura Strickland says:

    I don’t know when I’ve read anything so inspiring! Bless you for your strength and I’m so glad you’re writing again!

    • Ashlynn says:

      Thanks, Laura. It’s a fight every day, but I just keep at it. If you love something enough, you will do whatever you have to do to make it happen. Some days it’s not pretty, but I keep going.


  5. janarichards says:

    You’re an inspiration, Ashlynn. I’ll remember you when I’m whining about something or another, and say “I can’t write.” Yes I can. If Ashlynn can, I can, too.

    • Ashlynn says:

      Ah, Jana. Thank you. It’s very humbling to hear. I just take it one moment at a time and keep going. All we can do is move forward. Even if their baby steps.

  6. Susan Shay says:

    Reblogged this on Susan Spess Shay and commented:
    Sweet friend, Ashlynn Pearce, has just published her second book. You won’t believe how she fought the good fight to do it!
    Check it out!

  7. Mary Gillgannon says:

    Great post! Ashlynn, your problems make mine see very small. That’s for a reminder of how good my life is. And your book sounds fun and exciting. Wishing you the best.

  8. Linda Trout says:

    Ashlynn, I’m so glad you were able to drop by my blog today. I know your message has given lots of folks encouragement and inspiration. I know it has me. Hugs, my friend!

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