Interview with Blaise Ramsay

What is your writing process?
Okay, I honestly don't know how to explain this. Basically I get hit with the faintest inkling of an idea and then write it in my notebook or type it out in the Writer app on my iPad. Once I decide on the plot I want to run with I pull it out and start writing out either a chapter by chapter outline or follow the 3 Acts; 9 Blocks; 27 Chapters outline. I'm a complete plotster though and rarely ever follow my outlines to a tee. After that I tend to write a couple of chapters a day, not worrying about editing and then the following day I re-read what I wrote the day before and do some of the editing, adding or subtracting based on the needs of the story. I tend to self-edit, format and write my own work so sometimes it's not perfect but hey, is there anything truly perfect?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. I am a firm believer in arming oneself with new tools of the trade. When I'm not reading, I'm spending time with my kids or working on promoting the new publishing company and looking for new events to set up or attend. Always busy in the Ramsay household.
Describe your desk
I actually have two! One in my kitchen set up with my Mac laptop or my PC in my bedroom. Each has a wall or corkboard where i post my work schedule, events, social media schedule and anything that inspires me. On the desktop, at least for my Mac (where I spend most of my time), I have different figurines and a couple of Skelanimals plushes.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes. The first book I started writing was based off of one of my favorite game series. It was very shabbily written but it got my feet wet in the world of writing. Here recently I came back with a bang when my first short story, The Good Luck Cat got featured on the front page of DeviantARt.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oo, okay, I can't remember the first story exactly but my obsession with reading occurred in elementary school where I began reading R.L. Stine's Goosebumps. From there I found Hawksong and SnakeCharm by Amelia-Atwater Rhodes. They were some of my favorites. The following series was Silver Kiss and Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. From there, my curiosity and love of reading blossomed and I haven't been able to stop since.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To be honest, it was always self-publishing. I liked being able to control the whole process. After a really bad experience with traditional publishing, it cemented my resolve. I started my own publishing company and began my journey into the world of the indie author. Plus, I knew that going back to the regular world of retail just wasn't what I wanted to do. Being in my 30s, I decided "why not?" and since then nothing has dampened any motivation I've had. I also find the support in the indie world as some of the strongest support I've seen. They honestly want every one of us to succeed and not to see each other as competition but to network together to promote each other. It's a glorious community and I don't regret looking into it.
How do you approach cover design?
I get a professional. That really is the only thing I outsource presently. The folks at damonza.com do such a fantastic job I would send anyone their way that wanted quality book covers.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I bought a Nook and just started browsing titles. Being a romance author, I'm constantly looking at the new titles in the niche I've chosen for myself. It gives me insight into what the target audience is looking for and helps in identifying trend shifts. Sometimes I browse bookstores and see if there's a title that I may want to buy on my Nook. Most of the time though, honestly, the titles I find are accidental.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Okay, this one was a random idea like I described happens to me. I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo 2017 for the first time and wrote Blessing of Luna in that month, expanded on it, revised it, edited it and now it is going to be published in the following year. Basically I took a common trope (Vampires vs Werewolves) and dove deeper, taking it a whole new direction. I won't give away too much because that would be spoiling. You're going to have to read to find out the ultimate twists.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit: I have always admired and seen Tolkien's way of writing as one of the most clean and well-written blueprints of our time. He is the master at world building, surpassed by no other and the ultimate magician at visual imagery. To this day, I can't tear Tolkien from my favorite author of all time.
2) Pet Sematary: Because who doesn't like to get their pants scared off and because I am an avid Stephen King fan. I really just love anything and everything by this man. He again, is a genius and has such an amazing outlook on life. Truly, still the father of horror.
3) Hawksong: This book introduced me to the world of shapeshifters. It was such a different outlook on a common trope and written so romantically beautiful. Great pacing, beautiful characters, well-written. There's nothing not to love about this book.
4) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: It's a nostalgic book for me. I really love anything by Neil Gaiman. He was one of the first authors I bonded with in my reading journey.
5) The Black Angels MC Series by A.E Fisher: She introduced me to the world of romance, motorcycles. the bad boys that ride them and the girls that love them. She is super sweet and such a good author with beautiful writing and excellent story lines.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling the story. Getting to know the new people of my worlds. They become real to me and honestly, they become like friends. Sometimes, and this happens a lot, I don't remember some of the things I write but I always feel the emotions tugged the way the words are written. Publishing is nice but really it's not the greatest joy. The events are amazing because I get to shake the hands of my readers and get to know their aspirations and what they feel when they read my books. It's sheer euphoria.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are everything. Without them, we are just sitting behind a laptop typing out words. They are always coming up with new ideas and theories. It's just amazing.
What are you working on next?
Oo, so, that would be a big secret but I will say it is the second book in the Wolf gods series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, JRR Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, J.K Rowling, A.E Fisher, Sarah Castille
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Umm, the fact that my kids won't let me stay there first of all and second of all, starting my work hours at a job I am very passionate about.
Published 2018-01-01.
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