LSUA Grad Publishes First Book

by Sarah Black | Mar 06, 2014
An LSUA graduate has just published her first book and is currently working on the second.

Ashley Weaver, a 2007 graduate of LSU of Alexandria, is adding the title of author to her resume as the English major’s first novel will be published this fall. 

Murder at the Brightwell is a mystery novel set at a seaside resort in 1930’s England. It includes mystery, history and a little romance.

Weaver says she initially wrote the book for fun, but friends and family encouraged her to have it published.  She eventually signed with an agent and landed a book deal with Thomas Dunne Books. 

A writer since a young age, Weaver says she always admired the ability of novelists to create new worlds and introduce memorable characters who readers get to know and love.

According to Weaver, the education she received at LSUA helped her achieve this dream. 

“The beautiful campus, the first-rate education, and the friendships I developed made it a wonderful experience all around. My degree was in English, and the encouragement I received from my professors only served to increase my love of literature and writing,” says Weaver.

After graduating from LSUA, Weaver received a Master of Library and Information Science degree from LSU in 2011 and is employed as a librarian in Allen Parish. Additionally, she is currently working on the second book of a four book contract.

Murder at the Brightwell will be published on October 14th and be available online and in bookstores. It is currently available for pre-order through

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