Two events of significance occurred during the birth of Ashley Lorenzi Knight in 1977: the VC10 jet flight time record from London to Bahrain was smashed by her father in his determination to be by her side, and the appearance of brilliant meteor showers over the desert island that was witnessed by her godmother. At the age of five, Ashley was featured in the famous Paris Vogue magazine, beginning her modeling career. In 1984, her family moved away from the gathering war storms of the Middle East and settled into the rhythm of ranch life in the USA. There, Ashley flourished singing, writing poetry and short stories as well as being physically active joining gymnastics teams, ice-skating, snowmobiling, swimming and downhill skiing. Her love of horses and strong riding skills made her an elegant Rodeo Queen and spokesperson. She continued to model and act, taking on various jobs all over the country.
By the age of sixteen, Ashley was enrolled in University. Her English language skills proficient, she was offered the chance to teach English 050 alongside her professor. Her summers were spent studying and working with the Walt Disney College Program in Florida. Studying opera for an entire year, the basic foundation laid the way for her future singing endeavors. She joined several bands as their lead singer. She eventually graduated from Boise State University with a BA in English/Writing Emphasis and a Minor in Biology.
A chance meeting in downtown Boise brought love's destiny to her life in 2000. Greg and Ashley were married in McCall by the glacial blue waters of the Payette Lake. Inseparable, they now have two small children of their own. The main characters of The FINS Trilogy mirror much of her life with her husband.
In addition to writing, Ashley is known throughout the world as The Mermaid Lady. Attending events, visiting water parks and aquariums, she also models for free-lance photographers to help develop their art. Incredibly supportive of local artists, she hired designer Ken Koeberlein of Koeber Designs to create the cover for all three books of The FINS Trilogy. She works with artists all over the world.
Her young adult novel, FALWYN, and The FINS Trilogy is available via amazon and at www.crossroadpress.com. "Worlds Apart", her collaboration with fellow authors Steven Savile, David Wood, Laura Bradley, Aaron Rosenberg and more, was available for a limited time. Her latest works, Herald, is a collaborative work with David Wood and adds to his popular Dane Maddock series and Argo is a joint venture with Steven Savile, adding to his popular Ogmios Series!
In the summer of 2015, Ashley and her husband moved their family to New Zealand where they currently reside. She works with The National Aquarium of New Zealand as The Mermaid Lady and is available for various events about New Zealand.
2016 presented many opportunities for Ashley including finishing four books set to be released in 2017. While mermaiding throughout New Zealand, she has been featured in several newspapers, magazines, as well as being a buzz on-line. A full-time mother, she continues to juggle all this while caring for her family! Thus far, 2017 has seen the publication of Herald and Argo. Currently, she is working on Five, Seeking God, and Kyne.
Visit Ashley on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram as The Mermaid Lady.