Sherry D. Ramsey is one of the co-editors at Third Person Press, but she can't escape the Flashpoint interrogation...er, interview. Her story in Flashpoint is an urban fantasy titled, "B.R.A.N.E., Inc."
Third Person Press: Where did you grow up? Do you think your childhood influenced you to be a writer?
Sherry D. Ramsey: I grew up in Cape Breton, and I do think my childhood influenced me as a writer. I grew up surrounded by books, especially the big wall bookcase at my grandparents' home. That treasure trove offered everything from manuals on animal husbandry and astronomy to classic literature to mystery novels and Harlequin romances. Stories were also a big part of family life, so I think the storytelling gene plays a part as well.
TPP: Who were your three favorite writers when you were young? Who are three favorites now?
SDR: When I was young, I'd usually come home from the library with something by Edward Eager, Walter Farley, or Carolyn Keene. It's difficult to choose favorites now, but I rarely miss anything by Terry Pratchett, Connie Willis, or Janet Evanovich.
TPP: What are you most likely to be doing when you're not writing?
SDR: I'm a bit of creativity addict, so I have a lot of other creative pursuits. I make jewelry and like to dabble in art, and spend summer days in the garden. I also sew, edit projects with Third Person Press, and, of course, read. I don't understand it when people say "I'm bored."
TPP: Do you have any writing habits or rituals?
SDR: I like to clean up my office before embarking on a new writing project—or maybe that's just procrastination? I'm not sure, but it seems to help. I'm not much of an outliner or planner, but I do like to think about a story for a good while before I start writing it. I have a lot of unfinished projects that attest to the fact that I used to start writing before I'd done enough thinking, so I try not to do that any more.
TPP: What's your favorite beverage while writing? While not writing?
SDR: Coffee for writing, tea for relaxing, especially green tea or chai. Very occasionally a glass of wine, but that's about it.
TPP: If you were a superhero, what would your name and power/ability be? Or would you be a supervillain instead?
SDR: If I were a superhero, I'd be Chrono, with the ability to stretch time so that I could fit in everything I'd like to do!
TPP: What are you working on now? What's your next writing project?
SDR: I'm gearing up to write a new novel first draft for NaNoWriMo in November, and trying to plan it a little more than I usually do (not an outline, but a plan. There's a difference, right?). Before that I'm hoping to finish off a few manuscripts that suffered from that "not-enough-thinking" thing I mentioned earlier.
TPP: Bonus: Is there a question you've always wanted to answer as a writer? Pose it and then write your answer. :)
SDR: I get asked a lot of questions during school visits, so I don't think there's much that's been missed. The question I most enjoy answering in that setting is "Do you listen to music while you write?" It's funny to see the students' reactions when I name all the video game soundtracks I like for writing music. My "cool factor" gets an instant bump. ;)
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