Today, I’m featuring Adan Ramie, an author whose work has appeared in several publications including the horror/fantasy anthology Strange Portals.
Welcome, Adan! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a parent, a writer, and a student, and am lucky to have a really wonderful better half who supports me in all those facets of my ultra-busy life. I live in a small town in Texas near where I was born.
When did you begin writing?
When I was a small child, I spent a lot of time alone (not that much has changed…), so I resorted to telling myself stories. I started writing as soon as I was old enough to put a sentence on paper. I stopped a few times in my life, sometimes for years at a time, but I always came back to it. It’s what I love. It’s like a drug, or a disease, or a wonderful gift that keeps on giving – and taking.
Can you tell us about your story (or stories) in the anthology, Strange Portals? What inspired you to write it?
I actually have two stories in Strange Portals, “Against the Evil Eye” and “Paparazzi.” The first was born as I struggled through the horrors of post-partum depression; I read a lot, researched the phenomenon, and did everything I could to keep my head above water. It’s about a woman, her abusive husband, and her otherworldly children. The second was in response to a writing prompt, and is about a fan who would pay the ultimate price to be just like her favorite star.
Please tell us about your other published work.
I have stories in several different publications, like This Dark Matter, Skin to Skin, and the Beyond the Nightlight anthology. Most of my stories are dark; some are horror, others are thriller, and still others defy genre. Then, I also have some that are light-hearted, funny, or even sweet. You can see a delightfully diverse sample of my work on my blog, because I post a lot of flash and short fiction there.
What projects are you currently working on?
Right now, I’m working on a thriller about two girls in love and on the run from a psychopath. I’m hoping to have it ready for publication this year. Also in the works are a novel about a teenage girl searching for her mother’s killer, and a novella about what happens when you take two chefs-in-training and put them on a tour bus with a rock star. (All three are LGBT stories, but I like to think that isn’t always the focal point of the plot.)
Do you have a book recommendation to share with us?
Recently I really enjoyed Champion Standing by Mark Gardner, Otherworlders by Angela Cavanaugh, and Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig. (Coincidentally, I also reviewed each of them on my blog.)
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Just write. When people tell you to stop, write harder. When you hit a brick wall, throw words at it. When you get a demoralizing critique from your writer’s group, use it as the mortar to help re-brick your story. And when those stories are finished, submit them. Also, coffee is your friend. (Unless it’s not, then I don’t know what to tell you.)
Where can my readers go to buy your books?
My free eBook of short stories, Darkness Undone: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/461614
I have a story featured in:
Beyond the Nightlight: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QNHZJDM?btkr=1
Strange Portals: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/499789
Adan Ramie is the author of several short stories published in magazines like Skin to Skin and Paper Tape Magazine, and anthologies such as Beyond the Nightlight and Strange Portals. She is also the author of an eBook of short stories called Darkness Undone. Currently, she is hard at work polishing a manuscript that is slated for release in 2015. In her spare time, you can catch her gorging on true crime TV, reading anything she can get her hands on, or spending time with her amazingly supportive partner and rambunctious children.
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