Because these characters? They're haunted as all heck.
Here are ten other things you might not know about Ashes, Ashes:
I wrote it after a dream/nightmare (yeah, really it was more of a nightmare that I manipulated) that was kind-of inspired by my love for Veronica Mars?
Our MC, Allison, doesn't just have one villain to do some kind of fabulous take down on. She's got a whole family. With cousins and uncles and everything.
They hate her, this clan of villany. And she hates them just as much.
Because of reasons.
There was a romance in my first draft! There were actually two! One was hate-hate-love! and one was scowl-intrigue-love. They mostly got cut.
But there is romance. At this point. I still have... four weeks to cut it out, so bear with.
As part of my editing, I cut 25K from the story. It currently stands at just over 50K, so I still won the Camp NaNo I wrote it in.
I've changed one character name three times. He went from something to something and now he's Simikion!
I can't remember why I wrote Allison's name with two ells. There was probably some significance to that choice.
There is a fond mention (and a fairly lengthy one)- perhaps we'll call it an ode- to pastry in this novel.
Allison gets heartily bloodied up. And a haircut.
whisper!BAM! Romi out.