I'm very used to using a variety of names. At home and with friends I'm Ashley, but students have been calling me "Doctor Carter" and "Carter" for years (even though I keep trying to get them to call me Ashley or "The Doctor"). I figured, why not add a third name to the mix.
During my undergraduate years (UW Parkside) I didn't read as much since I was busy majoring in biology, chemistry and mathematics (with a minor in physics) so there wasn't a lot of time for extra reading. When I got to graduate school I rediscovered fiction (thanks to JK Rowling, Orson Scott card, Nancy Kress, Lyndon Hardy, and others) and have been reading ever since. I wrote a few unpublished stories back then, but my focus had to be on getting my non-fiction scientific articles written and published.