Please join me in welcoming Emma Eden Ramos, whose book “Still, At Your Door”, is being promoted on a blog tour that runs most of the rest of this month.
Tell us a bit about your new book, “Still, At Your Door”. What influenced you to write it? I like the blurb that I read on Amazon.
Thank you! I wanted to explore the mother-daughter relationship. I am interested in the bond mothers share with their daughters, but I wanted to write about a scenario in which the roles were reversed. Sabrina must care for her sisters, Missy and Grace, and Sheila, their mother.
That sounds very plausible. It’s probably a story line that a lot of women can relate to.
I saw another book on your page, “Realm of the Lost”. What was your influence there?
I wrote The Realm of the Lost after reading Dante in an Italian course. I was intrigued by Dante’s nine circles of Hell, and his theories on life after death. I read a few articles on near death experiences, compiled the information, then took it from there.
Fascinating! I always love to hear how a book got its start. Every story is different.
What else have you written?
I wrote a poetry chapbook titled Three Women: A Poetic Triptych which was shortlisted for the Independent Literary Award. I’ve also written a number of short stories that have been either published in journals or anthologized.
I don’t think I have the verbal “brakes” needed to write anything short–LOL!
On a different subject–you had a book launch March 17 at WordUp Books in NYC—how did that go?
My most recent reading was on April 3rd at a store here in NYC called Book Culture. It was wonderful. I was blessed to have Dr. Hilary Hallett, film historian and author, present me.
Wow–that is great! Readings are a very good way to promote your book.
I could see from your blogsite that you have written in several different genres. Is YA your favorite?
Definitely! YA is definitely my favorite genre.
It’s definitely one of mine, too.
Would love to have you post an excerpt from your newest book!
sure! Here is the prologue and first chapter: http://www.writersamuseme.com/stillatyourdoor.htm
I loved it! First line–got me hooked immediately: I hold tight to my memories of the solid years. Each one is a crystal vase filled to the brim with brightly colored petals. The rest of the excerpt was terrific too. Nice descriptives.
Off to another topic: How do you like living in NYC? Have you lived anywhere else?
I am a New York girl. I lived in Salt Lake City for a year. I don’t ever see myself leaving NYC for more than a year at a time, though.
I’ll have to visit it one of these days.
You are taking psychology classes. Which ones are your favorite? Besides writing, what type of career do you see yourself doing in a few years?
I was a psychology student (that bio has since been updated) and enjoyed most of the courses I took. My favorite, though, was probably child development. I volunteer at a local bird shelter. I am also in the process of getting certified to work with developmentally challenged children. I love being around kids.
Nice! Birds and kids. Very different interests, one from the other.
Anything you want to share about your home life?
I am in the process of getting a bird. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!
I’ve had canaries and I’ve had parakeets; however, I think the easiest and most entertaining birds are finches. You’d have to get at least two, though–they are social animals.
I know that reading, writing, and studying take up a lot of your time. Is there anything else you like to spend time doing?
I love bird watching! I could do that for hours on end.
So could I–for sure!
Thanks for allowing me to interview you, and I hope the rest of your blog tour goes well.
Thank you for hosting me!
Happy to do so!