The Messenger


    “When a disabled teen girl is discovered behind defence lines of the worlds most secret government academy, humanity faces the biggest extinction event in history. Thrust into a mission to save the world, will she discover the truth of who she is before the dark truth behind humanity’s past unravels forever?

    Epic YA adventure with heart-bursting twists and turns.

  • Author: Ashleigh Harley, award-winning disabled young writer
  • Genre: YA
  • Themes: Disability, action adventure, science fiction, romance
  • Predicted word count: 100,000 (needs editing)

Please watch my short introductory video for The Messenger novel

My name is Ashleigh Harley, and when I was 12 years old I was no longer allowed to attend school because of my disability. It was that day when I landed up paralysed in my hospital bed, having lost my friends, family and future to the life-threatening genetic tissue disorder Ehlers Danlos Syndrome that The Messenger saved me.

In the throws of a life hooked up to an IV machine an epic adventure reached out and taught me to keep fighting, even if it hurt. It reached out and offered in its hands a world giving the unrepresented hope for a future. A voice. An adventure that teaches those who suffer that they are valuable members of the human race.

As a paralysed 12 year old little girl, The Messenger taught this one simple thing:

A problem is FULL of potential. 

This is the one iota of truth in our world, and the book taught it to me. 

I believe truly in my heart that this story is here for a reason, a purpose to liberate the teens living in hospital like how I did, so that they know that they have a value in this world. Because of The Messenger I have now won a few awards for my previous stories and am currently working with an Oscar winning team on my current story ‘The Dark Horse’.

The Messenger is calling out to move on, it whispers that it did not come to this earth to gather dust in a drawer. I hope you will join us!

Please scroll below for trailers and scenes from my movies, music and references from the Oscar winning producer of The Dark Horse.

Ashleigh's story on BBC News

Previous Stories

The Dark Horse - Movie Trailer

When a disabled girl is diagnosed with an incurable illness nobody can see, she fights against the perceptions of disability to get her sport recognized at the World Paralympic Games.


CHRIS OVERTON, Oscar® winning director


When an ancient theocracy exercises supreme political control over early mankind, intrepid siblings Fenri and Cassini break out to discover the truth. 

Multi-award winning prelude based on the timeline of events that took place before The Messenger. This film went on to qualify for a BAFTA.

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DAN BARBER, Hollywood movie actor (Universal)

Please feel free to reach out to me on or through my social media links at the bottom of this page if you have any questions or want to connect.

The unreleased song from my last story are in the video below, I am currently in the process of writing an album for The Messenger too.