Name: Julie Ramsey
Where are you from: Monroe, Michigan
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I am married with one 12 yr son, 3 dogs and 2 birds. After High School I worked retail until I wanted to see what else was out there. I went to college and got my degree. I am a Respiratory Therapist. If you don’t know what that is (I hear it a lot), I control the life support machines (ventilators). I primarily work in ICU’s. After high school and before college the reading bug bit me. I couldn’t get enough. Years later I started my own blog. On Julies Book Review we do reviews and promotional events for authors. Through it all I had stories I wanted to get down. I finally got the courage to put down my own story and The Wild Bone: The White Alpha of Monroe, was born.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
New release just came out Restraining an Alpha Book 2 in the White Alpha of Monroe Series
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I actually started back at college and in my creative writing class a project ran too long. So I put it on the back burner and came back to. That was the start of book 1.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess now. I really am just getting used to having books for sale. They are still a work in progress. Not totally satisfied with everything yet.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
School assignment started it all but I have always had an imagination.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I am still developing my style to be honest. New author!!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
There is a bar in the book on book one called the Wild Bone. I liked the title because it was suggestive but it is about werewolves, so it fit that way as well.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not necessarily, but I like strong woman characters. I like women who are strong by themselves yet may be even stronger with a great partner or friends.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Well it is about werewolves so not too realistic but the town of Monroe is real. I use real places.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No just characters I feel connected too. There are bits and pieces of people I know in the characters but not specific.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Christine Feehan, JR Ward, Laurel K Hamilton are probably some of my bigger influences
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I have had several authors become friends of mine due to my review site. As I have been writing some of the ones who have stood by me and are so unbelievably supportive are Lorraine Nelson and RE Butler
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished 2 by RE Butler
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Newer authors Lorraine Nelson and RE Butler are givens but Quinn Loftis does a wonderful werewolf series. When I found out they were YA, I really didn’t want to go on but I am so glad I did. What a wonderful series.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Currently I am working on a sci-fi romance and then I will start book 3
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. I have a couple really good Friends Belinda and Theresa who have stood by me from day one.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Eventually, right now I still work full time in the hospital. I would like to use writing to retire someday.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
In the newest one, not much. Been having editing issues throughout. Because I am a new authors there is a pretty big learning curve.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have always loved stories and had a great imagination since I was a child. But it wasn’t until I became an adult that a writer ever entered my mind.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Not my current but I will give you a taste of book 2 Restraining an Alpha
“Tony, how long do werewolves live?” “Well it is different for each. On average around 200 years or so. A little longer than humans but we also tend to have fewer children and there are just fewer and fewer of us in general. What brought this up?” “What about me? I have both human and wolf DNA. Will I die and get old way before you?” I looked at Tony with tears in my eyes. All of the sudden the thought of me living without him or us not being together was making me cry. Tony crossed the room in large steps almost running to my side. He sat on the bed in his boxers and put his hands on the side of my head to tilt it up. He looked into my eyes and said, “Sally mine, I honestly have no idea but the day you leave this world, I will be following right behind you. That is what mates do. It is for life and everything after. No one will separated us ever. You got that? “ I fell in love just a little bit more with this man. With his scar on his neck and tattoo on his arm, I reached up and ran my hands into his dark silky hair. His hands came off my face to my shoulders and worked their way down to my hands. He held them, his large with my small ones, forever together. As a tear slide down my cheek, I pulled his hand up to my mouth and kissed each finger and then one on his palm. Slowly I kissed my way up his muscled arms. So strong and so damn sexy. The heat between us had always been combustible. The attraction was so strong and the love we felt for one another was getting stronger every day.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Just not knowing everything I should. Anything new can be challenging.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
It is hard to pick just one. Christine Feehan’s dark Series, I have been reading for years. Her series are stories with in stories. You can read the books independently but each are connected and add to the overall story. JR Ward her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Just kick ass awesome characters and you never know what to expect. Laural K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, Anita grows with each story. She grows as an individual but also you watch as her ideas change over time. The awesome monsters, bloody fights and later the oh so hot sex doesn’t hurt either (sex scene really don’t start until like book 10 or so). Read JR’s and Laurel’s in order.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
None so far. All are bases in Monroe.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Two totally different ebook cover companies
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Learning the process
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Still learning lots
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you want something bad enough you can do anything with hard work and good support
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Please go out and get my books
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first one that took me and transported me to a new world, the one that started me reading was Ender’s Game by Orsen Scott Card.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Clash of Clans 2 ( my son and I play) playing with my dogs and reading
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Big Bang Theory, Friends (yes I still watch reruns), and Teen Wolf
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music …
Foods Lasagna is my fav ( I make a killer one), grilled tuna or samon, fav. Color Blue or purple, Music I like Katie Perry most rock and pop a little bit of rap
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Not sure ..i work in the medical field but I would not mind being a teacher I always loved to teach.
Thanks for having me