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RAMONA RICHARDS INTERVIEWS WITH NORA - GIVE AWAY


RAMONA RICHARDS BIO:
Ramona's first story featured a wild and crazy trip with her parents to her birthplace of Gadsden, Alabama. Ramona was three. Her mother was mortified…because not a word of it was true.

She's not stopped making up stuff since. After she handwrote her first novel at ten years old (an enormous ten pages long), her mother gave in and bought her a typewriter. Now, after more years than Ramona wants to count, she's written everything from sales training video scripts to book reviews, and her editorial work has included novels, religious non-fiction, technical manuals and poetry.

Ramona's freelanced with more than twenty magazine and book publishers and has won several awards for her writing, including one for a screenplay she wrote in—well, a long time ago. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines, and she sold a story about her daughter to Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul.


Secrets of Confidence, a book of devotionals, was published by Barbour Publishing in 2005, and she's currently inundating her Steeple Hill editor with new manuscripts.

In 2004, the God Allows U-Turns Foundation, in conjunction with the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA), chose Ramona for their "Strength of Choice" award, and in 2003, AWSA nominated Ramona for Best Fiction Editor of the Year. The Evangelical Press Association presented her with an award for "Dirty Little Secret," which she wrote for Today's Christian Woman.


1. How did you come up with the idea for your book, Field of Danger?

Field of Danger has a lot of tidbits of truth in it. My friend Phyllis lives in the small town on which I based my fictional village of Caralinda, Tennessee. She lives in the middle of a cornfield, and she’s dated a lot of the men from the area. One of them told her about some things going on in his cornfield – which became the genesis of the story. I can’t go into detail without giving away the ending of the book! When I was a kid, I also spent a lot of time in my grandfather’s cornfields.

2. Did you have a working title for your book Field of Danger? Or did you always have that title for your book?

My working titles never make it to print. The working title for this one was A Good Day for Murder. This is the first of a three book series, and my working title for the next one was The Murder Next Door. These two are now called Field of Danger and House of Secrets. The third one is still in process.

This is one reason I caution new writers about becoming too attached—or worrying too much about—a title. Nine times out of ten, they get changed.

3. Could you tell me how the book cover process works for you? The cover on your book is very eye catching, just wondered if you had a say in how they turned out?

Yes and no. The way that Steeple Hill works is that they ask you for cover ideas, descriptions of scenes, photos, etc. Those are turned over to the art department. Then you receive the final cover. I always try to provide as many photos, ideas, etc, as I can.









Other publishers provide a time for the authors to respond to a cover, but for the most part, it’s a marketing decision designed to make folks pick up the book.

4. Can you give us a sneak peak into what book you are working on right now? When does it release?

House of Secrets comes out next April, and it’s a follow-up to Field of Danger, and features one of the characters from Field of Danger (Sheriff Ray Taylor) as the hero. I just turned in the line edits on it, and I’m now working on the third book of the series.

House of Secrets features Ray Taylor and June Eaton, who is the sister of Field’s heroine April. And June starts the book with a serious problem. A whole string of problems, as a matter of fact, that starts when Ray finds her covered in blood and standing over the dead body of Pastor David Gallagher. June’s declaration of innocence doesn’t quite convince Ray until June becomes the killer’s next target. That when Ray realizes that not only is June innocent, she alone holds the key to this murder . . . and one more than twenty years old.

The title comes from the Victorian parsonage in which Pastor David lived—and June had renovated years ago. It’s full of hidden niches filled with history…and secrets about the family who lived there.

5. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer, Ramona? If not, how did you catch the writing bug?



I’m a cliché. I’d sit on my grandmothers’ laps and tell them stories I’d made up. I come from a long line of yarn spinners, and I grew up listening to the old folks rock on the front porch and tell exaggerated stories from their youth. My mother bought me a typewriter when I was ten. My first piece appeared in a news paper when I was 18, and I thought I had a late start. Life got in the way for awhile, and I became an editor to pay the bills. I LOVE helping new writers, but I’ve never really wanted to be anything but a writer.


6. Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you’ve had since you’ve been published? What made it a “Wow” for you?

The first “Wow” is, of course, that first call. “We want to offer you a contract on your book.” I think I squealed for a week. A friend took me out to dinner. It’s the kind of ego-boosting acknowledgement that you’re doing something right and good – that sticks with you.

The second “Wow” came from my first fan letter. And the second. Hearing from people who like your work NEVER stops being a “Wow.”

QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK. GRIN!!

1. What foods do you dislike? What is your favorite?

I usually tell people there’s only three things I won’t eat: mushrooms, asparagus, and anchovies. And, yes, I’ve tried them all. Favorite food: strawberries. It’s one reason I love summer.







2. What THREE things would you rather not live without?

This is always a hard question for me. I like the way you phrased it since I learned in elementary school that the only things we really need are food, water, and shelter. Beyond that I have a hard time; after 14 moves, and way too many life changes and losses, stuff just doesn’t mean that much any more, even a home. Humans are amazingly resilient; we’re survivors.

Other than the necessities, my bottom line three would be my faith, my friends, and my music. That’s what keeps my soul buoyant in the hard times; they help me survive and thrive.

3. Where would you visit if you had a chance to? Why?











EVERYWHERE! I love to travel and meet new people. My dream vacation would be an extended trip around the world. First stop: Australia and New Zealand, for more reasons than I can list here.

4. If you had the opportunity to hang out with any two people in the history of the world—alive or dead; who would you pick and what would you do? (someone other than Jesus)

Dorothy Dunnett – to talk about writing, history, travel, and humor. I think she could teach me more than my brain could handle.














Abigail. She’s my favorite woman in the Bible, and I’d love to talk to her about faith, men, and her second husband.

5. A friend of yours has a time machine that they are letting you use. But you can only witness two events in this history of the world. What to events would you experience? Why?

My grandmother was a quiet woman, strong but humble. A soft-spoken, devout woman who took care of her six brothers and sisters after their mother died when she was 12. She took care of her family without stirring up a lot of dust. Then came the night this quiet woman stood down her pregnant sister’s drunken, abusive husband with a shotgun so that he wouldn’t beat his wife. THAT night I would like to have been there.

For me, history isn’t just wars, coronations, news-making events, and discoveries. It’s about, as we say in the South, “where we come from.”

My great-great-great grandfather was a justice of the peace who settled local disputes in a “court” held under a huge, ancient tree in his yard. Was he a Solomon—or a Deborah? Don’t know, but I wish I could have seen it.

6. What are your THREE Favorite books of all time?

The Game of Kings, Dorothy Dunnett

Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein

Red Hugh: Prince of Donegal, Robert T. Reilly

These three taught me to dream. If you want to, throw in Eileen Hill’s Robin Kane series. She made me want to write all my stories down.

7. What THREE movies could you watch over and over again?

The Matrix

Sweet Home Alabama

Local Hero

ANY FINAL COMMENTS--THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS?

Your own story is the most important one in the world. Even if you’re not a writer, make sure you share it with your friends and family. Especially your children.


THANK YOU for letting me share a bit of mine.

Ramona

Thanks so much for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your books. I’m very excited to be running the discussion of your book Field of Danger on the ACFW On-Line Book Club loop starting June 21st. I’m also looking forward to the “Live” author chat for ACFW book club on Tuesday night, July 6th. EVERYONE is welcome to join ACFW book club. It’s free. All you have to do is go to www.acfw.com and on the left hand side click ACFW book clubs. It’s easy to join. You too can look forward to the discussion and live chat with Ramona Richards.


Thanks again Ramona. I’ll be talking to you real soon on line! Grin!


Blessings


Nora :D

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Nora :D

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18 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this, Nora! I had a lot of fun answering the questions.

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  2. Hey Ramona, great interview! I can't wait to get my hands on Field of Danger. It looks like a fantastic story. Thanks for sharing.

    lynetteeason at lynetteeason dot com

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  3. Oh wow!! I would love to win a copy of Field of Danger! I really love the cover. It's gripping! :) purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

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  4. Nora, I enjoyed your interview with Ramona. I liked the questions you asked. They are different than the usual questions I read on other blogs.
    Ramona, I also enjoyed reading about you and your writing. I used to be a yarn spinner. Not so much now since my life changed over the last 6 months.
    Field of Danger and the other books of the series sound intriguing.

    Nora and Ramona, thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing.

    bev in IL

    b(dot)werts (at)sbcglobal (dot)net

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  5. I follow your blog!
    purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

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  6. I signed up for The Book Club Network!

    purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

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  7. Great interview, Nora and Ramona!
    I don't need to be entered to win the book ... I already own it thanks to a good friend! Just wanted to drop in and say hello and that I am eally looking forward to the discussion. This will be my first chance to participate in a discussion since I joined the club.

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  8. a wonderful posting/interview...thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  9. Thanks for the great interview, Nora. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. Great interview. I love Ramona's books. She's a great lady!
    Pat
    ptrainum(at)comcast(dot)net
    Enter me in the contest

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  11. Hi Ramona, I enjoyed your interview and tho I have not read any of your books I have added you to my new author list and wish list. Would love to win Field of Danger.

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    Thanks for hosting Nora.

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  12. The whole series sounds great! I love mysteries and especially old houses with hidden places.

    Gail Mundy

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  13. This is awesome! Thanks for all the compliments - they really help when the writing gets tough. I wish you ALL could win. :)

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  14. Wonderful interview. Ramona you are a storyteller. It was fun to read.

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  15. I'd love to win Field of Danger, the whole series sounds terrific so I will be looking for them. Thanks for a chance!
    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

    I'm a follower.

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  16. I always love your interviews.
    This book sounds great.

    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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  17. CONGRATS goes to BRENDA HILL!! Thanks to everyone else for leaving encouraging comments.

    Blessings

    Nora :D
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  18. Field of danger is a must read book i can say.i am very much interested of reading it. plus it has a great cover.

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