Edie Ramer Interview + Giveaway!

>> Sunday, August 21, 2011

Welcome to my fantastic guest today, Edie Ramer! Edie's newest release, Galaxy Girls, is out NOW! Here's a little peek...

Genetically created to be broodmares, Phyrne Galaxy and her mother, aunt and cousin don’t need men, they need freedom. They escaped from the warring planet of Kergeron to Earth, where Phyrne’s aunt’s vision of winning money in a New Jersey casino comes true. Too bad her aunt’s precog didn’t show the hoods waiting outside with guns. But Phyrne has her own weapon, more powerful than bullets. She’s ovulating.

Phyrne turns up the heat, taking out more than the crooks in her wave of sexual torture. FBI Special Agent Hawk Higgens, running to protect the women, is brought to his knees, too. Caught in her procreative spell, Phyrne ravishes Hawk.

Being seduced by an alien and left half naked and unconscious in the back of a surveillance van changes Hawk’s life. He joins the Foundation, a privately funded agency that hunts aliens. Six years later, the reason for his career change pops back on the radar in a tea shop in Kentucky. The woman whose face still haunts his dreams has an addition to her family – a five-year-four-month-old daughter.

At the same time, two Kergeron warriors are sent to Earth to bring the women back to their home planet. With an ex-FBI agent and two alien warriors on her trail, Phyrne’s calm life running the Tea & Comfort shop is about to get shaken, stirred and screwed.

And now, a little about Edie...but don't forget, comment or ask a question to enter to win an ecopy of Galaxy Girls or 1 of 5 custom bookmarks!!

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?

Other writers. There are so many great writers—many friends of mine—all of them different, and I enjoy each in their own way. I love Cynthia Eden’s voice. It’s so strong and distinct and primal. I’d recognize it anywhere (which a certain plagiarizer should’ve known).

Then there’s Michelle Diener, my CP. The first time I read something of hers, I was a new member in a critique group and we had to read a scene that Michelle wrote before deciding whether to accept her. One member didn’t really want a third CP, but I said, “She writes like a dream,” and that got her in. I love Michelle’s writing even more now. She’s such a tight writer, yet she gets in all the important details with action, conflict and description and characters I’m rooting for. She writes books I don’t want to put down.

I’m reading an ARC of A Summer in Europe by Marilyn Brant. It’s a mainstream/women’s fiction, told in first person. It’s very in depth, yet Marilyn doesn’t tell the reader everything about her. You find out as you read why she is the way she is. I’m eager to see the transformation I suspect will happen. I sneak a bit of that in my paranormal romances.

I have to mention Margie Lawson. I’ve taken most of her classes, and every once in a while, I’ll go to her website and read the examples that show how NY Times bestselling authors use language to show emotion. Now I get reviews like this: “This book is filled with laughter, heartbreak, mystery, cranky ghosts, and most importantly, love. The depth of which Ramer is able to put into her characters is fantastic.” –Aimee, Coffee Table Press (about Dead People)

Without showing emotion and character depth, a book like Galaxy Girls (which has alien heroines who run a tea shop in a small town in Kentucky and use pheromones as a weapon) would be farcical.

How does your family view your writing career?
When I had a couple months where I made over $2000, my husband was very happy. So was I! I know it will happen again as I get more books out. But getting more books out means sacrificing family time, and it does bother my husband sometimes. I’m lucky that he knows how important this is to me.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Storytelling. I’m not a natural storyteller, so I work at it. Characters who are interesting and make me care are very important. I like broken characters. Flawed. In trouble. Or maybe they just care deeply about something or someone.

The heroines in Galaxy Girls are the most gorgeous I’ve created. But their horrible background made them tight as a family, and they don’t easily let other people in. Especially men. Unless they’re ovulating, of course.

For me, good writing is also important. If the writing isn’t good, I can’t read more than a couple of chapters.

Tell us about your upcoming release.
I’m so glad you asked! I’m working on a novella and a short story with characters from Galaxy Girls. They’ll probably be out in October. But my short story, The Fat Cat, will be in an e-anthology, Entangled, that will be out on Sept. 12. All the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal stories from authors Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, Michelle Miles, and me, plus a novella by Allison Brennan.

Misty Evans and I put this together. I’m so proud of it. The stories are amazing, and I hope it will make a nice chunk of money for the BCRF.

Comment or ask a question to enter to win:
~ An ecopy of Galaxy Girls
~ 1 of 5 custom bookmarks

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All of Edie's main characters–cat, dragon, ghost or human–have a mix of attitude and heart. They start out damaged and end up duct taped together, with a few pieces missing. Edie's goal is to write books that make people feel good. Books that leave readers with a warm glow because they touched their hearts and a small ache that they ended.

She lives in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, two dogs, and a special cat. Edie started writing in the 1990’s, selling short stories in the mystery genre to National magazines and anthologies. In addition to nonfiction articles, she wrote verses for greeting cards, and she possess a drawer filled with cards for any occasion. She's co-founder of Write Attitude, an inspirational website for writers. She's won writing contests and was an American Title V finalist with Dead People, the first book of her Haunted Hearts series, which is a Kindle best-seller.


Edie Ramer 5:21 AM  

Joan, thank you so for inviting me to your blog. Your bookmark looks great! That is very cool.

Anonymous,  6:46 AM  

Wow. This sounds really neat. Great interview. Love that fun bookmark!

Best of luck.

Lynn Rush
lynnrush (at) cox (dot net

Michelle Diener 6:48 AM  

I love that bookmark! It just looks fab.

Edie said in this interview she takes inspiration from me, but I take just as much inspiration from her. I know my books would not be as good without her input.

And both GALAXY GIRLS and ENTANGLED are awesome.

Cynthia D'Alba 6:49 AM  

You know, Edie? Of all the things I've read about you, I didn't know you didn't consider yourself a natural storyteller. That's interesting. I think we share that trait...Because my professional career was always fact-based and all my publications have been fact-based, sometimes it's hard for me to "let go" when I write. I'll read fantasy or Sci-Fi books that have wonderful twists on reality and wonder...why can't I think like that!

Good luck with sales. Go knock it out of the park.

Liz Lipperman 6:52 AM  

Edie, I love the premise of this book--an ovulating alien and a hard-nosed cop with no idea what just hit him! Your stories have all been wonderful, and I look forward to the anthology. Such a great cause.

Pauline B Jones 6:57 AM  

Galaxy Girls does sound very fun! And the bookmarks are darling! thanks for posting this on our group at goodreads, so we can swing by the blog! Fun to learn more about you. :-)

Laura Morrigan 7:03 AM  

Edie!!! Love the GG! everyone should read this book. I love that you write something thats fun and different.
And Joan, the bookmark is adorable!

Donnell 7:31 AM  

Edie, you have an amazing imagination! Love the concept of Galaxy Girls. It's always a real treat to read your books!

Thanks, Joan, for all you do!

Dale Mayer 7:42 AM  

Hi Edie and Joan,

This book has move up my TBR pile and hopefully I'll get there by the end of the week. Every time I hear a little more about it, it makes me want to jump in. Edie's books always have unique themes and quirky characters. I loved Dead People.

I laughed at your description of damaged characters held together by duct tape - I think that stuff is holding my house together!

I'll add to that like Michelle, I think Entangled is an awesome project.

Edie Ramer 8:28 AM  

Lynn, thanks!

AnnaM.,  8:30 AM  

Galaxy Girls sounds like such a fun story! Love the cover and that she's drinking coffee.

Hey, I took classes from Margie too! She's an awesome teacher.

Thanks for the suggestions for other authors to read. I'm always looking for new voices and stories.

Anna doxisrcool at aol dot com

Edie Ramer 8:30 AM  

Michelle, all I've got to say is SMOOCH and right back at you!

Edie Ramer 8:32 AM  

Cyndi, it takes me a long while to get into my story and just write. In the beginning 1/3 to 1/2, I feel as if I'm thinking too much. lol

Edie Ramer 8:35 AM  

Liz, I thought that would appeal to you. I look forward to your Clueless Cook mysteries. I know they'll be fun. And good!

Edie Ramer 8:48 AM  

Pauline, I'm glad you stopped by! I forgot we had the option to post about giveaways until someone else did it last week. I have to get more savvy about all of this.

OTOH, I've been doing quite a few giveaways lately, and don't want to post about them so often it gets annoying.

Edie Ramer 8:49 AM  

Laura, you know I love you. lol The best cover artist ever!

Edie Ramer 8:50 AM  

Donnell, thanks! I'm looking forward to reading your interview with Joan.

Edie Ramer 8:53 AM  

Dale, my husband loves duct tape, too. And your characters and stories are unique, too. I love your story in Entangled. I think it will get you quite a few new fans.

Edie Ramer 8:54 AM  

Anna, thank you! And Margie is marvelous!

Pauline B Jones 8:57 AM  

I don't think people ever complain about giveaways. LOL!

Edie Ramer 9:25 AM  

Pauline, good to know!

Cindy Carroll 9:34 AM  

Love the premise of this book, Edie. It sounds like it will be a fun read.

And the bookmark looks awesome. One can never have too many books or bookmarks.

Marilyn Brant 9:51 AM  

*waving to Joan and Edie*
Edie, thank you so much for the shout out! You know how much I loved Galaxy Girls when I read it and what a fan I am of your writing. You definitely put emotion in this story -- I was so touched by it. Looking forward to Entangled!
And I love that bookmark ;).

Edie Ramer 11:58 AM  

Cindy, thanks! So true about bookmarks. I keep a stash in my kitchen and my office.

Edie Ramer 1:25 PM  

Marilyn, thank you! You're such a sweetheart.

I hate it that I'm too busy to finish A Summer in Europe at one sitting. It's so hard for me not to turn to the last chapters and find out what happens. I love, love, love the characters.

Raonaid Luckwell 4:22 PM  

I heard about that project "Entangled" from Cynthia Eden. I thought it was a cool idea.

And I'm a fan of Joan's bookmarkers. I'm afraid to use them because they are so cute

Sherry Isaac 4:22 PM  

Edie, you are so right about character depth. At the end of the day, it's not the genre so much as the character and story connection. Without a connection, there is no story. Alien romance is not a genre I would naturally pick up, but I will pick up Galaxy Girls!

Well done.

Edie Ramer 5:30 PM  

Raonaid, I'm so proud of Entangled. And it's not even out yet! Cynthia's story is just one of many amazing stories in the anthology.

I won one of Joan's bookmarks, and it's so pretty, I tacked it onto my bulletin board.

Edie Ramer 5:32 PM  

Sherry, that's the best compliment. Thank you! I hope you enjoy GG.

Robin 8:41 PM  

Sounds like a fascinating story!

Robin D
robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

Edie Ramer 2:23 PM  

Robin, thanks!

Obscured Vixen 5:13 PM  

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! This book sounds great :D

Sheree 5:34 PM  

Such a pretty bookmark!


ironss [at] gmail [dot] com

Edie Ramer 8:04 PM  

Sheree, so glad you loved them! Galaxy Girls is nothing like Cattitude, but it has a similar tone.

Joan Swan 8:54 PM  


BOOKMARKS: Robin, Liz, Sheree, Lynn, Michelle!

I will email you with details!


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