Hi, I’m Asha. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family. I’ve been a writer for over 20 years. Longer, if you count the stories I scribbled on binder paper as a kid.
My first published work was a poem in Children’s Digest when I was eight years old. I still remember the thrill of seeing my name in those newsprint pages. Thank you, 70s-era Children’s Digest editor, because your decision to run my poem gave me the first opportunity to think of myself as a writer.
Not that I planned to pursue writing as a career. My 80s writing life consisted of fevered journaling and weird pleasure writing college papers at UC Berkeley. But a few years into my career and marriage, something big happened: the Web. Between jobs in the mid-90s, I wrote a number of how-to books about Web publishing. One of these books was Microsoft FrontPage For Dummies. It sold many thousands of copies and went into several editions, making me a professional writer, after all.
In 2005, my oldest kid was in kindergarten and my youngest was a toddler. I struggled as a new parent, and none of the parenting books I read reflected my experience or helped me feel better. I longed for a way to swap tips with other parents and talk about what was really going on. In December 2005, in the hopes of prompting that collective conversation, I launched the Parent Hacks blog.
It kicked off a 10+ year journey with the smartest, most generous community of parents on the Internet. These were the people I wished I could have found when I became a parent. Parent Hacks readers and my cohort of fellow bloggers were wise, funny, encouraging, and kind. Parent Hacks transformed my writing career from a solitary job into a vibrant, dynamic conversation. And it gave me the evidence for something I had always hoped was true: that most people are helpful and generous at heart.
My book, Parent Hacks, is an illustrated collection of genius shortcuts collected on the blog and contributed by other parents. I wrote it as a way to honor the magic of those ten years and that community. I wanted something I could give back to say thank you and look, we made it together.
In 2013, I joined my dear friend Christine Koh to co-write Minimalist Parenting, which describes the “keep it simple” philosophy we both came to in our different ways.
In 2015, Christine and I expanded upon Minimalist Parenting in Edit Your Life, a weekly podcast about simplifying, decluttering and making room for the awesome in your life.
How to Contact Me
The best way to keep in touch is to sign up for my friends & family email list. I send a monthly-ish note that’s less news and more letter. I read all replies!
You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @ashadornfest.
Book-related press and publicity
For Parent Hacks, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Minimalist Parenting, email email@example.com.
For speaking engagements, contact Carol Schneider at the Workman Speakers Bureau, firstname.lastname@example.org
Review requests and guest posts
I do not accept product pitches, press releases or guest posts.
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