I recently got the opportunity to ask Ashley Royer, a teenage up-and-coming author, a few questions! She was very kind and I hope you enjoy her answers! But, first, here’s the plot of her book Remember to Forget!
In Remember to Forget from Watty Award-winning author Ashley Royer, Levi has refused to speak since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia, and can’t seem to come out of his depression and hindering self-doubt. Desperate to make some positive change in Levi’s life, his mother sends him to live with his father in Maine. Though the idea of moving from Australia to America seems completely daunting, Levi passively accepts his fate, but once he lands faces personal struggles and self-doubt at the same time he and his dad battle through resentment and misunderstanding. And then, while at therapy, Levi meets Delilah, a girl who eerily reminds him of someone he lost.
Does that description intrigue you as much as it intrigues me? I hope so! Now, read on to learn some more about seventeen year old Ashley Royer.
Did you read a lot as a kid-young teen? If so, what books did you read?
I read a lot when I was in elementary school and middle school. Once I entered high school, it became somewhat difficult to find a lot of time to read, unfortunately. When I do read, I tend to read realistic teen fiction books. I enjoy reading books that I can imagine or relate to in some way. I’ve never really been interested in vampires or mystery or horror.
What are some of your personal favorite books?
Some of my favorite books are The Fault in Our Stars, Between Shades of Gray, and Thirteen Reasons Why.
Who is your favorite character in your Remember to Forget?
My favorite character in Remember to Forget is Levi. I like how he changes and finds himself throughout the story.
What do you want readers to take away from Remember to Forget?
I want my readers to either connect to RTF or take some sort of message from the book, whether it’s knowing more about mental problems or just how to treat others. I began writing because I wanted to change people’s outlooks and make them feel something. So far, I seem to have touched a lot of people, so I’m doing exactly what I set out to do!
Do you have a favorite line from your book?
That’s a tough one! I have a lot of favorite quotes. Sometimes when I’m rereading parts of my book, I see a line and think “Wow, I actually wrote that? I came up with that?” If I had to choose one quote though, I think it would be “My heart hurts.” It’s said at a very cute moment and now I even say it a lot in my daily life.
What can readers expect from Remember to Forget?
Readers can expect a whirlwind of emotions. They will feel happy and sad, angry or excited. The book goes through the characters’ emotions, which are constantly changing. Readers can connect to them, and they feel their emotions with them.
What Disney character are you most like?
If I were a Disney character, I think I would be most like Belle. We both like to read (haha) and we’re both smart. She was also very friendly, and I like to think I am too!
What Disney character do you hate the most?
I don’t like Mulan, which everyone gets mad at me for! BUT I have a valid reason. When I went to Disney World when I was 6 years old, Mulan told me to “run from my father” and I ran away from her. I think it traumatized me a little.
If you were stranded on a desert island with 3 books, what books would you bring?
I would bring Remember to Forget, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Fault in Our Stars.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading more about Ashley, and you can check out her book here!
Do you have anything in common with Ashley? Anymore questions for her? Let me know down below!