Tucson Festival of Books

Ashley Elston

Aimee Ballard

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Ashley Elston worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and three sons. Elston has written six young adult novels; "First Lie Wins" is her adult debut. "Grey’s Anatomy" showrunner Krista Vernoff is teaming with Octavia Spencer to adapt "First Lie Wins" for Hulu; Elston will also executive produce. Elston is the author of several young adult novels, one of which was a finalist in the Best Young Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Awards. Her work has been translated into over 20 languages.

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Scheduled events:
First Draft
Join authors Sarah Tomlinson, Jennifer Croft, Ashley Elston and Stacie Denetsosie as they discuss the conception and process of creating their first books. From the spark of an idea to the final product, find out what it means to be a writer.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jennifer Croft, Stacie Denetsosie, Ashley Elston, Sarah Tomlinson
Moderator: Annie Boustead
Double Lives
These three authors know how to twist a plot. They'll talk through the tricks to a clever twist. You’ll never guess the secrets buried in these plots (no spoilers).

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers

Panelists: Ashley Elston, Jess Lourey, Hank Phillippi Ryan
Moderator: Jennifer Dornbush

First Lie Wins
A Novel
Mystery / Thrillers
January 2024
ISBN 9780593492918
352 pages