Sherry D. Ramsey

Biography

Sherry D. Ramsey is a speculative fiction writer, editor, publisher, creativity addict and self-confessed internet geek. When she's not writing, she makes jewelry, gardens, hones her creative procrastination skills on social media, and consumes far more coffee and chocolate than is likely good for her.

Her debut novel, One's Aspect to the Sun, was published by Tyche Books in late 2013 and was awarded the Book Publishers of Alberta "Book of the Year" Award for Speculative Fiction. The sequel, Dark Beneath the Moon, is due out from Tyche in 2015. Her other books include To Unimagined Shores—Collected Stories. With her partners at Third Person Press (http://www.thirdpersonpress.com), she has co-edited five anthologies of regional short fiction to date. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies in North America and beyond. Every November she disappears into the strange realm of National Novel Writing Month and emerges gasping at the end, clutching something resembling a novel.

A member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia Writer’s Council, Sherry is also a past Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer of SF Canada, Canada's national association for Speculative Fiction Professionals.

You can visit Sherry online www.sherrydramsey.com, find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter @sdramsey.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Like many (most) of my novels, the first draft of The Murder Prophet came into being one November during National Novel Writing Month (www.nanowrimo.org). I had written the first drafts of several novels during previous Novembers, and this one year I wanted to do something different and didn't have a novel in mind to write. So I decided that, as an experiment, I would use online generators to guide many aspects of the book, and see what happened.

It started with the title. I had no story idea to start with, and the entire novel grew out of the title, The Murder Prophet, which came from an online generator. I used generators to come up with many of the character and place names, items in the novel, ideas, plot twists—you name it. Any time I was stuck for an idea, I went to the generators to see what they would come up with. Although I expanded and refined the story in the course of several revisions, the novel stayed very true to that first draft.
What is your writing process?
I like to let a story idea roll around in my head for a while before I actually sit down to begin writing it. I might make some notes of things I don't want to forget, but I generally don't make a detailed outline. I find that if I do that, I don't want to write the story any more. So in that way, I'm very much a discovery writer. However, I like to have some handwritten notes to use as a guide, too--which consist mostly of asking myself questions about the story, and then writing down possible answers and ideas. Then when I feel I've thought about it enough, I tend to just sit down and write the first draft as quickly as possible, to get the story down. My first drafts are pretty sparse; description and details will come in during rewriting.
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Books

The Seventh Crow
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,900. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2015 by Dreaming Robot Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
When you can't remember most of your life, you'd better be prepared for anything. The day a talking crow meets her on the way home from school, fourteen-year-old Rosinda is plunged into a forgotten world filled with startling revelations: magic ability flows in her veins, she's most comfortable with a sword in her hand, and the responsibility for finding a missing prince rests solely with her.
Dark Beneath the Moon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 115,440. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015 by Tyche Books Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
When a mysterious attack leaves them all stranded in an uncharted system, Luta and her crew must decide who to trust.
The Murder Prophet
Series: Magica Incognita, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,570. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Kit Stablefield is a detective with a secret and a crush on a guy she knows only online, in a future where magic is a part of everyday life. But when millionaire Aleshu Coro walks into the offices of Darcko and Sadatake with a message from the Murder Prophet and fourteen days to live, everything changes.
One's Aspect to the Sun
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 97,860. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013 by Tyche Books Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Greedy corporations, nanotechnology, and family: a space opera with heart.
Grey Area: 13 Ghost Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,460. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013 by Third Person Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Edited by Nancy S.M. Waldman, Julie A. Serroul, Sherry D. Ramsey Imagine that you are trapped in a grey area, neither here nor there, in-between time, space, colours, lives. The vivid stories in Grey Area: 13 Ghost Stories bring this scenario to life. Thirteen strong authors show us what it is like to be in-between in this contemporary, varied, spooky and often touching collection.
Unearthed: The Speculative Elements, vol. 3
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,980. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012 by Third Person Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Earth--the ground of our being, the dust from which we come, and to which we will return. Imagine what might arise from and disappear into the soil...what grows, what is buried, what teems unseen. This collection, exploring the ends of the Earth and beyond, offers tales from the depths of darkness to the lightest heights. Dig in. These twenty-one stories will thrill, scare, surprise and delight.
To Unimagined Shores: Collected Stories by Sherry D. Ramsey
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,400. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2011 by Third Person Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
What sorts of things wash up on unimagined shores? Hitch-hiking aliens, kidnapped embryos, Victorian time-machines, spaceport detectives, itinerant scribes, and more. The seventeen stories in this collection are by turns funny, tragic, light-hearted and serious, but all share this: they will carry you to distant shores of imagination, and, once there, show you things you hadn't known before.
Airborne: The Speculative Elements, v.2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,130. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2010 by Third Person Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
These fourteen stories and three poems, all in the SpecFic genres, breathe unexpected possibilities into the atmosphere that surrounds and fills us. Take flight with these tales and explore what is always elusive: microscopic particles, airwaves, wind, space, sound, and spirit.
Undercurrents: A Cape Breton Anthology of Speculative Fiction
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,990. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2010 by Third Person Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
The fourteen stories in Undercurrents ply the literary oceans of time and space, possibility and imagination. Inside are stories that ripple and swell with the unusual: fiddle-playing ghosts, malevolent cats, urbane vampires, and ordinary folks who have drifted into the realms of the extraordinary. Set your oars in these unusual waters and see for yourself what swirls in the undercurrents.

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