Meet Ash

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SO WHO ARE YOU?
Hey there. My name is Ashley Marivittori Gorman. I’m twenty-nine in all: twenty-six years of the “Ashley Marivittori” part, and three years of the “Gorman” part. I like to organize words in such an order that people feel understood, loved, and challenged in life and faith by them. And I love all things Jesus (except for weird paintings of Him as a white guy holding a lamb or something.) I don’t like fluffy-sounding faith articles, so my goal in writing is to put faith in prose—in everyday language that stirs the soul and also makes reasonable sense to both Christians and non-Christians. Some people know me because of my husband, Cole, who’s a (baller) east coast photographer and owner of Blest Studios.

OKAY. SO WHAT DO YOU DO?
When I see the Lord’s work in my life over the past 5-10 years, He seems to be laying the groundwork for me to be these things: writer, speaker, women’s developer, photographer. I also work at a local salon in Durham, NC, and I am their web/graphic design/social media person.

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AND WHAT HAVE YOU WRITTEN?
I just got my first book published: The Book of Matches. (The one pictured above with the Steelers gnome. This was Cole’s idea. Can you guess where he’s from?) The book centers around romance/dating in the Christian world, which is just as scary/confusing/weird/fun as the secular version of dating I would say. All the print copies are pretty much sold (yay!) apart from a few still sitting around in my living room. It was also for sale for Kindle and iBooks, but I just ended my contract with them. I’ll be re-branding the book and perhaps re-printing! I co-wrote it with Dr. Alvin Reid, an evangelism professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I also write blogs, articles, and I’m working on two other books right now. Definitely in rough-draft phases though.

ANY RANDOM FUNNY FACTS ABOUT YOU?
Let’s see. I have to speak out loud in order to figure out how I’m feeling. I hate when toothpaste is squeezed from the middle of the tube as opposed to the top. I’m far more fickle than I like to admit to people.  I’m really picky about chicken salad. I’m NOT a morning person so when I get up to make coffee, I run into walls accidentally. Cole says it’s the best part of his morning!