About

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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 choice to run my poem gave me my 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 devoted journaling and weird enjoyment 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 which was Microsoft FrontPage For Dummies. That book 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 found reflected my experience or helped me feel better. I longed for a place where parents could swap tips and talk about what was really going on. So in December 2005, I launched the Parent Hacks blog.

This kicked off my 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.

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. 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 details the “keep it simple” philosophy we’ve both come 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 via my email list. This isn’t an automated newsletter — it’s an occasional, personal note from me when there’s news to share. Low-frequency (I respect your attention & inbox), privacy always, unsubscribe any time.

You can also find me on social media at @ashadornfest.

Speaking

For speaking engagements, contact Carol Schneider at the Workman Speakers Bureau, speakersbureau@workman.com

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Book-related press and publicity

For Parent Hacks, email publicityinfo@workman.com

For Minimalist Parenting, email Christine and me at edityourlifeshow@gmail.com.

Sponsored work

Christine and I work with sponsors for our podcast, Edit Your Life.  Email edityourlifeshow@gmail.com for details and our current rate sheet.

Review requests and guest posts

I do not accept product pitches, press releases or guest posts.

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MY BOOKS

PARENT HACKS
Genius shortcuts and workarounds to make life easier.

MINIMALIST PARENTING
Enjoy family life more by doing less.

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