Interview with Ramise

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creative writing puts me in another 'zone', it's relaxing and fun. I see creative writing as having two very separate components; 1. The world of imagination and/or creative channeling of stories or ideas. It's important in the process, to let it all the words flow out onto the paper (or onto the keyboard) without editing. 2. The editing process, which I enjoy just as much. I'm using a different part of my brain, the analytical and logical side works with a process I call 'harmonics'. Every word has a unique vibration, the energy of words has a powerful effect not only on our minds but also on our bodies. We can create harmony with our words, which keeps the reader involved with the story or we can create disharmony or a 'glitch' with our words or phrasing, which effectively disconnects the reader with the story. The greatest joy is to bring these two processes together to create an experience that readers enjoy!
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of books that I'm keen to finish. One is a book on healing from CFS and another book is still an evolving secret. : ) I have some short stories that I'd like to put into anthology. I'm also working on a comic book which is a new genre for me. I'm having a lot of fun drawing and writing the comic book as I'm taking myself down a whole new road of exploration into how my personality comes through the line work of my art.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Having something creative to do.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am on a big learning curve with my art process, I'm developing a series of art workshops designed for adults to heal the inner child. I also work as a healer, psychic reader and spiritual counsellor.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My friends mention books that they think I might enjoy, I also search on the web for particular topics of interest, Smashwords is a good place to look for new ebooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote as an adult was a romantic fiction. I started writing that book when I was so sick I thought I was going to die. I had prayed to be given something to live for and writing came to me out of the blue. Every night between 10pm and midnight I was prompted to write and this romantic novel was the result. Hmmm, I have a lot of work that just needs polishing off and then...publishing!
What is your writing process?
Writing in the morning suits me and then gardening or other jobs in the afternoons. A walk on the beach after the day's chores will often prompt ideas for the next day's writing process. I generally commit myself to finishing a draft in six weeks, then I put it in a drawer for awhile so that I can separate myself from the project. When I come back to that project, usually at least a few weeks later, I can edit it without much emotional attachment to the creative side of the work. One of the things I learnt to do in an editing workshop years ago was to 'kill my darlings'. If you've never heard of that term it means that anything in our writing that we are hanging onto emotionally is usually a 'darling' and is not required. Our 'darlings' are those things our egos want to put in the writing, they tend to bring down the energy of the text.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can remember the first thing I ever read was a Mickey Mouse comic when I was four. I couldn't read but I looked at the pictures and thought to myself, 'I want to learn how to do that!' Unfortunately, I didn't express that wish to anyone, so I didn't get any help to learn to draw, I shut down on trying to draw when I was about seven years old. I didn't take up drawing again until in my early twenties, I was introduced to 'Drawing on the right side of your Brain' by Betty Edwards. I didn't pursue it very far, I got stuck when I had to draw a pine-cone and an egg beater. I gave up again until my early forties when, in a healing process, I recovered that early Mickey Mouse memory and realised that in order for me to heal, I needed to give my inner child drawing lessons. I did a correspondence course in cartooning...I'm still drawing! : )
How do you approach cover design?
It may not be eye candy but it is mind candy. So far my cover design has been a gift from Spirit. There is no picture, there are only words. It's an act of faith and trust that the cover will work to promote my book. I self published a soft cover paper first edition about ten years ago, distributing it in various selected bookshops and retailers from the Northern Rivers region in N.S.W. to Melbourne in Victoria. The book title is a question that seemed to prod people to pick up the book and look at it. I have some really amazing stories from the retailers about the response from readers of the book and how they reacted to the cover and what happened after readers picked the book up for a look. One retailer put it on the front book stand at eye level and then watched what people did when they saw the book, she said, 'Every person that picked up the book bought a copy.' I guess the ebook cover will speak for itself. Meanwhile, I will promote the book and we shall soon see what happens.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. A great spiritual adventure fiction that puts simple steps to conscious living in the hands of the reader.
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. This book was my healing bible for more than twenty years.
Are You Really Happy? Understanding Ourselves. by Ramise .This book has transformed my life, it's turned self loathing into self love and appreciation.
Blankets. by Craig Thompson. An outstanding Graphic Novel, truly a work of art in it's writing as well as it's drawings. I cried, I laughed, I lived in this book for the time it took me to read it. I has also inspired my drawing and writing processes. What a gift!
Pyongyang - A journey in North Korea. by Guy Delisle. Quirky, funny and informative, Guy takes us on a journey inside his head, inside North Korea. His drawings are simple, yet totally engaging. What he doesn't say in the text comes across just as well in the illustrations.
Published 2015-11-28.
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Books by This Author

Are You Really Happy? Understanding Ourselves.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,270. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing, Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression
Inside this book, you will find easy to grasp ideas and stepping stones to consciousness, including examples of how Ramise healed dysfunctional patterns in her own life. Guided journal work questions are included to encourage and assist awareness development. Written in a concise, gentle and profoundly honest manner, if you only read one self help book, this is the one to read.