I think it is fitting that my first interview with a fellow author revolves around the world of music, since music is such an important part of my own life! Ashley Rescot is a violinist who also loves literature and writing. Her book, Chronicles of Music Majors is a treasure!
Tell me a little about your background.
I am a professional violinist, educator, writer, and Fulbright Scholar. I
love music, pedagogy, family, faith, and language, so I write about my
life as a musician. I hold degrees in both music and literature, and I
hope my stories will inspire the next generation of musicians, encourage
music professionals, and educate others about the world of music.
What inspired you to become a musician?
My mother began teaching me the violin when I was two years old! She is a
musician, as well as her mother, and all of my four younger sisters. Music
is a way of life in our family. My fondest childhood memories revolve
around performing with my mom, grandma, aunts, cousins, and sisters
throughout my hometown. I continued to pursue my passion for music by
studying violin in college. Now we still perform together whenever we get
What led you to create Chronicles of Music Majors?
I wanted to shed light on the world of musicians, as well as recapture
some of the funny moments I enjoyed as a music major myself. I include a
lot of references to famous classical works as well with the hope that
readers can discover some of these musical gems!
I have also discovered that readers today actually enjoy short stories
because they can easily read one before going to bed. These narratives
give people bite-sized fiction that is easier to consume than a full novel.
Do you have other writing projects going on?
I am continuing the fictional world of Belton University and the music
students who attend there with my upcoming music novel A Change in Tune,
which I plan to release this fall! In this story, I focus on one
particular family of five musical sisters and several of their friends. If
you enjoy Little Women, this group of contemporary sisters might catch
your fancy. It¹s full of romance, rivalry, faith, family, and music. If
you want to stay tuned for release, feel free to visit my website at
What advice do you have for young musicians and/or authors?
Meet other musicians/authors in your field! It’s easy for artists to
become isolated, but we’re stronger when we work together and support each
other in our creative endeavors. Find live or virtual groups that you can
join where you’re able to connect and build each other up. We always need
more positive creativity in this world!
You can find Ashley’s compilation of short stories on http://www.amazon.com! The Kindle edition is currently free!