Today on Love of Books I have author Edie Ramer here for an interview. She’s also been kind enough to offer TWO e-books – Galaxy Girls & Entangled – to giveaway. There will be more about the books and the great cause one of them supports at the end of the interview.
Hi Edie, how are you?
I’m happy today to be at your place. Thanks for inviting me!
Could you tell us a little about yourself?
My characters are much more interesting than I am. I have one husband, one son, one cat and two dogs. I write stories about damaged characters and get them into deep, deep holes that they need to climb out of. When it looks as if they’re about to make it out of the pit, I throw rocks at their heads.
I’m mean to my characters. I’m much nicer to my family and my pets. Most of the time. (No rock throwing, but I have a good aim with water balloons.)
I really enjoyed Galaxy Girls, what made you decide to write about aliens?
Thank you so much! It’s one of my favorites. When I wrote it, I thought it was a paranormal romance instead of sci fi. I was focusing on the paranormal abilities of the Galaxy women, along with their ability (sometimes liability) to use pheromones as weapons. There are a lot of series with teams of men, and I wanted to do something similar with women. Why should men have all the fun?
The alien part was probably buried in my unconscious and at the right time it popped out and said, “Write this idea down. Faster, faster.” Some of my favorite movies are sci fi. I can’t tell you how often I’ve watched Galaxy Quest. Last summer’s Star Trek movie was terrific! Avatar and ET, of course. If you haven’t seen Starman with Jeff Bridges – made 27 years ago — rent it. I saw it on TV last winter, and I still loved it. It touched my heart.
How did you come up with the alien names and words in the book?
I was IMing with Liz Kreger, who has published two sci fi space operas with Samhain. I was having a hard time thinking of a planet name, and Liz suggested I use a last name and add a twist. I said, “Okay, I’ll name mine Kregeron.” I changed it to Kergeron, but I know Liz gets a kick out of it.
I’m a name freak. The name has to be right. If it’s not right for the character, it bugs me. It’s been a while, but I think that the names came fairly easily. I don’t remember struggling with them.
Do you use any certain writing rituals when working on a book?
In the beginning, I go over the previous pages before I start writing new ones. Once I’m about halfway through, I just open the file and write.
You also have a story in Entangled, can you tell us about it and the wonderful cause it helps?
Ghosts, vampires, demons, and more! Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal short stories from authors Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Edie Ramer, Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, and Michelle Miles, plus a Seven Deadly Sins novella by Allison Brennan.
Stacia Kane contributed the foreword. Formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan.
The authors are amazing, and it’s a privilege to work with them. I started my writing career in the 1990’s, selling more than a dozen short stories to print markets. I’ve read a lot of anthologies and can honestly say this is the best. The official release day is Sept. 12th, but it might be up by now. It’s on sale for $2.99 until Nov. 1st, and then we plan to raise it to $3.99. I am so excited!
Thank you for stopping by. Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers?
I write stories that combine humor and angst, good and bad. Kind of like life, only without the extra pheromones (thank goodness). And unlike real life, in my books no dogs have accidents in the house, no cats puke on the bed. Of course, in real life no one is trying to kill me. I guess that beats pet stains.
You can find out more about me and my books at my website. You can find out here how to sign up for my newsletter and get a free short story. I love to hear from readers, and you can friend or follow me at Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
Galaxy Girls – 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 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.
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 Edie Ramer, plus a novella by Allison Brennan.
Stacia Kane contributed the foreword and the book’s formatting and cover art were also donated to the project.
Proceeds of this book go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.