Friday, November 16, 2012

Author Interview: Jo Ramsey

Today's guest is none other than Jo Ramsey, author of Vengeance is Sweet. Ready to hear what she has to say? Good, get reading!

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Me: Welcome! Tell us a bit about your book. 

Jo: I wrote this book after hearing a reference to a demon of vengeance on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I thought it would be funny if a *real* vengeance demon was dissed because "oh, you're like on that show about the chick who killed vampires", and jotted a quick scene. Which grew into a novel about a vengeance demon who tends to bend, if not outright shatter, the rules. When Omara is assigned to "venge" Alejandro Ruiz, she quickly realizes something isn't right about the assignment and sets out to prove that Alejandro is innocent. 

Me: Is this your debut work? 

Jo: No, it isn't my debut. Under the name Jo Ramsey, I have 10 young adult novels and two YA short published now, with four other novels and two more shorts under contract. Under a different name which I won't share here, I've had over thirty romance shorts, novellas, and novels published. Readers who are curious about my Jo Ramsey books can visit the Bookshelf page on my website for a complete list and links to separate pages on my site where they can read excerpts and find buy links.

Me: How long did this book take you, from draft one to ready to submit?

Jo: I honestly can't remember; I wrote the book in 2010, and I have a mind like a steel sieve... I think it was probably about 4-6 months, since that's the high end of my usual range for novels. (Interviewer Interruption: Ha ha! Mind like a sieve? I totally relate.)

Me: As an author, who has influenced your work the most?

Jo: I've had a lot of influences, and I can't really pinpoint one "most" influential person.

Me: Random question time: Your main character gets to play God for the day. What is the first thing s/he does?

Jo: She's a vengeance demon, so she already has a ton of powers. However, given something she says in the book, I would say if she gets to be the Ultimate Creator for a day, she would change the rules so that all humans who are slated to receive vengeance (which involves being killed in the same way they killed or harmed their victims and then being brought to Hell) would first be given an opportunity to ask for redemption.

Me: Here's my favorite question to ask authors: "Do you believe in the dreaded Writer's Block?" If so, how do YOU get past it?

Jo: I have occasional writer's block on individual projects, so I just switch over and work on something else for a while.

Me: Care to tell us anything about your current work-in-progress?

Jo: My current work-in-progress is an adult romance, so I'd rather not mention it here since it's under my other pen name. I don't currently have another project planned for the Jo Ramsey name, but I'm sure a plot bunny will strike soon.

Me: And last but not least: Do you have any words of wisdom for new and aspiring authors?

Jo: Writing isn't something that can be mastered, just improved on. Always be open to improving. And when you're ready to submit, do your homework. Make sure if you're submitting to a traditional publisher, they have a good reputation, good contract terms, support their authors promo-wise, etc. And always follow submissions guidelines.

Me: Thanks so much for your time! Best of luck to you with your writing future. May it be full of much fun and success.



About the author: Jo Ramsey is a former special education teacher who now writes full time and does office work as a hobby. She wrote her first story at age five and her first novel at age twelve, and hasn't stopped since. Her first published young adult novel was Connection, from Jupiter Gardens Press (January 2010). She lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters, her husband, and two cats, one of whom thinks she's a dog.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I Have a Release Date!

Yes, a release date. I will be released from the ranks of the unpublished* to explore the world beyond, the world of PUBLISHED AUTHOR. *stares at the shininess for a moment* Ah, gotta love that.

Anyway, In a Pickle (my middle grade book, if you haven't been following this blog) will release from MuseItUp Publishing on December 28, 2012! Here's the fun part for the bargain hunter in you:

If you pre-order In a Pickle now, you'll get 20% off! Click here <---yay p="p">
There. That excitement aside, I'm busily typing away on my NaNoWriMo novel A Race Through Time. See that lovely word count? BOOYAH!

Now, where did I put the Advil. *achy fingers from typing so much lately*



P.S. And good old blogger ate most of my post and spat out a bunch of code *grumble*
*I have had other smaller things published. See the sidebar for details.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Author Interview: Jo-Anne Russell

Just a fair warning to any of my younger readers: Today's featured author is promoting a horror novel. Now, for the rest of us, sit back and enjoy what Jo-Anne Russell, author of The Nightmare Project, has to say.

Me: Welcome to the blog! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview. To start off, tell us a bit about your book.

Jo-Anne: Thank you for having me Beth. The Nightmare Project is a Psychological Horror Thriller and is Book One of the Dangerous Minds Trilogy.

When Julia Montgomery’s mind, body and soul become the rope in a tug-of-war between the living and the dead, there is nothing she wont do for the right side to prevail; if she only knew which side was right.

Beth: Is this your debut work?

Jo-Anne: This is not my debut work per say – but it is my debut novel. Much of my work can be found at my Amazon Author Page here:

Beth: How long did this book take you, from draft one to ready to submit?

Jo-Anne: I actually wrote this book for NaNoWriMo 2010, (National Novel Writing Month,) and I was one of the winners. Although I had an outline, the first draft was completed during the month of November. I self-published the book in 2011, and it was picked up by Muse It Up Publishing in December 2011, and published October 26th, 2012.

Beth: As an author, who has influenced your work the most?

Jo-Anne: There are many writers who have such as King, Bradbury, Poe, Saul, Rice, and V.C Andrews, but I must say it was my family. From my twisted childhood, to my supportive husband and children, they have been my biggest influences.

Me: Random question time: Your main character only has one day left to live. What does s/he do with their remaining time?

Jo-Anne: She would find another body to inhabit.

Me: Here's my favorite question to ask authors: "Do you believe in the dreaded Writer's Block?" If so, how do YOU get past it?

Jo-Anne: I believe writer’s block is a way of “our muse” saying to us that the path our character is on is wrong. It will pass as soon as you discover the right one. I try putting my characters on a path they would not usually take, and that seems to help.

Me: Care to tell us anything about your current work-in-progress?

Jo-Anne: I am currently working on Book Two of the trilogy, along with some short stories.

Me: And last but not least: Do you have any words of wisdom for new and aspiring authors?

Jo-Anne: Write for yourself first. There are a lot of readers out there that will love your work as much as you. Be brave, and explore the taboo. The publishing world changes daily.

Thank you very much Beth, for the interview, and sharing your time with me.

Me: Thank you for the interview! Good luck with your writing career.



About the author: Jo-Anne Russell is a proud HWA member, horror writer, and the publisher at Scarlett River Press. Her twisted and morbid mind is shared with an infinite number of characters from past, present, and future stories.