Ashlie Swicker is a writer and librarian. 

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Ashlie Swicker 

I am a writer and elementary librarian living outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I've spent the last ten years as an early childhood educator, collecting degrees, having children, and feverishly nursing my passions of reading, writing, and oversharing on the internet in all my free time. 

I started Be Your Own Lady in 2014 after years of following lifestyle blogs and dabbling in parenting/review sites myself. I knew I wanted Be Your Own Lady to be a place for women to find courage to be themselves, and over the years it has evolved into a center for body positivity, the bashing of diet culture, and radical fat acceptance. A popular interview series and internet book club (#beyourownbookclub) are two of my proudest accomplishments on the site.

In 2016, I became a regular contributor to Book Riot, North America's largest independent book review site, where my pieces are mainly focused on picture books, middle grade/young adult literature, and body positivity in media. I have also freelanced in the areas of fandom and teaching. 

Additional hobbies include working on my young adult fantasy novel about a fat girl on a mission, going on adventures with my husband and two sons, and Facetiming my family spread across the country. I also love meeting new friends, so please drop me a line. I can't wait to meet you! 







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