Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I’m from Missoula, Montana, although I currently live in Boston, Massachusetts. Due to this, my books take place in both Boston and Montana. There exists a duality of place in my writing as there is in my life. For work, I’m a full time family nurse practitioner and I work at a community health center in Boston. Even though most of my spare time is filled with researching my latest book, writing and editing, I still make time to garden, cook, travel and spend time with family and friends. When I’m home in Montana, I hike and fly fish. There’s nothing like the soothing sounds of a river and the breeze blowing through the trees to calm my soul after time spent in the big city.
1. What genre(s) do you write and why?
I write historical romance. I love research and imagining how others lived. I also like seeing the similarities and differences in the challenges that people in the past faced, especially women. The role of women has changed dramatically since the early 1900’s when my books are based. I love researching and describing that world.
2. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
I really don’t know a lot about superpowers, but I think there’s one where you can transport yourself from one place to another with ease. I’d like that one.
3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
I get stuck all the time. I’ll either move to another scene or take a break. Generally, with a change in scenery, a fresh idea comes and whatever had stymied me is forgotten. The most wonderful ideas come when I’m out for a walk, driving, or in the shower!
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
I’m a complete pantser, which can be a problem when you write books that are 120K+ words. When I write my first draft, I don’t write sequentially, and the hardest part is knitting it all together at the end. I often have to give myself a pep talk to do it, but in the end, it’s fun to see the story come together.
5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
It would depend on the season and my mood. I lived in Spain for a year, and I make delicious Spanish tapas, with my specialty tortilla espanola. I also make a delicious paella.
6. What is your typical day like?
I work five days a week at the clinic, so I generally am up around 5:30 to write, edit or research before I go to work. Then, when I come home in the evening, I repeat the same for an hour or so if I have the energy. On the weekends, I will do “power” writing sessions, sometimes writing or editing for ten or twelve hours if the story is flowing. Those are good days.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Those aren’t the hard things for me. The hardest things for me to write are descriptions. I will often postpone describing a room or clothes or a street scene because they are the most challenging for me. I know what I want to say, but expressing it is difficult. Ironically, my readers have told me they love the descriptions I’ve labored over.
8. How likely are the people you meet going to end up in your next book?
Somewhat likely. I doubt you’d be able to recognize yourself, but phrases or situations will be stored away for future use. Everyone I meet and every story I hear is open game for a future story or character trait.
9. Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.
The hero in Banished Love is Gabriel McLeod. He’s a struggling cabinetmaker who’s hopeful his luck has just turned when he meets Clarissa Sullivan. He helped raise his two younger brothers after they were orphaned as children, ensuring they remained together rather than become separated at an orphanage. One of Gabriel’s greatest strengths is his loyalty. His greatest weakness is pride.
10.Tell us about your next book & when is it being published? Please provide links to your website, blog, books, etc.
I’m currently editing Book 4 in the Banished Saga. My goal is to publish it sometime this summer, with the most immediate goal determining the title!
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Links to Ramona’s website, blog, books, etc.
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