When Reality and Fiction Collide by Ashlyn Chase

If you base your love story on real people, should you tell them?


Death by Delilah is based (loosely!) on my brother’s real life romance with his wife. I dedicated the book to her for making my brother a happy man. He’s gone now and we all miss him terribly, but thanks to her, he had twenty-five very happy years.


But she doesn’t like erotic romance, or comedy, and as a writer of erotic comedy, well… The story and their characters went though a bit of transformation.  On the other hand, so did I!  Yes, I wrote myself into the book.  I’m Gabby.  The hero’s younger sister. I added a couple of characters too…in the form of two ghosts, Delilah’s grandparents, who are looking out for Delilah’s best interests. But even meddling ghosts have challenges and policies to overcome when communicating with the living.  

The conflict was real.  He was a Naval Officer when they met. She was enlisted. The Navy regulations prevented them from dating and as far as marriage—forget it! They lived together off base and had to come up with a solution to their dilemma before they got caught…and they did get caught!  Their solution was slightly different than the solution my ghosts came up with, but no less effective.


My solution is more creative and somewhat different from the one they found—unless they didn’t tell me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth—so help them!  It’s well known that for a story to be interesting, even though you may love your characters, you have to torture them a bit. I sincerely hope they didn’t experience the torture I inflicted on Josh and Delilah!  Muuuahahahaha.


Will I tell my sister-in-law about the book? I doubt it. Will I tell her I dedicated it to her? I don’t know. She probably won’t read it, anyway. She even unsubscribed from my mailing list! Oh well. I’d rather be down one fan than down a family member. What do you think? Should I tell her?


Speaking of my mailing list…I have a contest going on to celebrate the release of Death by Delilah for members only. It’s so easy and the prize is so cool, you’ll have to check it out! Would you like to be in the running for a large Coach designer inspired bag with the logo prominently displayed? All you need to do is be a member of my emailing list. That’s it. I’ll draw a winner from fans willing to put up with an occasional e-mail from me…how hard is that?  

Death by Delilah releases April 11th from Ellora’s Cave. See all my Ellora’s Cave books here: http://www.ellorascave.com/AuthorsBooks.asp?AuthorCode=ACha


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By the way, Sat. 4/12, I’ll be signing copies of my paperback Heaving Bosoms from 4 to 5PM at the Crowne Plaza in Natick, MA.


11 Responses to When Reality and Fiction Collide by Ashlyn Chase

  1. Clayton Relph

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  2. Curt Calhoun

    good luck

  3. Ashlyn Chase

    Hi Jenyfer,

    Thanks for your comment. That’s the silver lining to having all our families on the other side of the veil. We only have each other. No one to rat me out! LOL.



  4. Jenyfer Matthews

    Hi Ash! Fancy meeting you here 🙂

    Hmmm…hard to know about the SIL. If you think she might find out somehow otherwise – from another family member maybe – then perhaps you should tell her yourself. You wouldn’t want her to go ballistic on you at a book signing sometime!

    Congrats on the book!

  5. Fedora

    Ashlyn, it sounds like you’ve found a great way for you to remember your brother’s life, and it might not be the same way for your SiL, at least right now. If like Maggie said, you have the chance to share it with her in the future, that’s terrific. If not, I hope you’ll be able to support each other and share terrific memories of the man you both love. Take care! (And this sounds like a fantastic story! Thanks for letting us know about it!)

  6. Ashlyn Chase

    Thanks, Maggie!


  7. Maggie Nash

    If you think she would not appreciate it, then don’t tell her.

    It would be nice to have a chance to tell her but let her know that you are entirely fine with her not reading it, since it is not to her taste…

    But since I don’t know her, I guess I have no idea what her reaction would be to that.

    I think she is lucky to have a s-i-l who appreciates her so much, and how lucky they both were to have each other.


  8. Ashlyn Chase

    I’m inclined to agree with you, Carol. Thank you for your input!


  9. Carol

    I don’t think you should tell her. She doesn’t want to know! lol

  10. Ashlyn Chase

    That’s Great, Jac! I might finally meet you face to face, then? Cool!



  11. JACLYN

    Sign up for my mailing list on the front page of my website. http://www.ashlynchase.com

    By the way, Sat. 4/12, I’ll be signing copies of my paperback Heaving Bosoms from 4 to 5PM at the Crowne Plaza in Natick, MA.

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