Author Interview: R.H. Ramsey talks about her new book ‘Just Beneath the Surface I’
Rhonda Ramsey is a prolific new author who enjoys breathing passion and life into each and every character she creates. She is an avid writer with eleven completed novels, four novels near completion, and five short stories. She is also a military wife, mother of two, and student.
Over the course of seven years, Rhonda has diligently researched topics ranging from but not limited to; relationships, addiction, abuse, and mental illness. With a passion for people, helping, and learning, Rhonda’s zeal for inspiring others through her writing has also expanded to freelance writing and blogging; as she has her own blog, and enjoys contributing to other websites as well. She hopes to continue in her quest of inspiring others as well as learning from everyone she meets.
Her latest book is Just Beneath the Surface I.
Visit her blog at www.arirjames.wordpress.com.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Rhonda! Can you tell us where you are from?
Hi! Thank you for this opportunity to share. I am from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Q: How did you come up with the title?
When I created the protagonist, I created someone who was nothing like he seemed. In the beginning, he was shy, quiet, and quite the push-over. Gradually, what was beneath the surface of this dark peculiar character came to light.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
I, being a self published author, came up with the book cover alone. I designed it alone. I wanted to come up with something mysterious; a close relative instantly thought of shadows. I did my best to come up with something ‘dark’ and intriguing.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
Please buy this book if you are a fan of intense dialogue, and characters who truly emote; the ending is also fast paced, and quite shocking.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
Great question–I’m really glad you asked this. One thing I wanted to convey was the importance of communication in all of our relationships. Parent and child, husband and wife…every relationship.
I also wanted to show how often we don’t listen to our gut instincts. More often than not, we second-guess ourselves. We go with danger instead of sticking with our intuition.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
Chapter nineteen in Just Beneath the Surface is probably my favorite. I channeled so much into the thoughts and feelings of Kendall throughout the book. And although Kendall sensed that her days were numbered, in chapter nineteen, I think it really sets in; she has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
I felt that I had to write this book because of how disturbing some of the myths about domestic violence are. People think it is the woman’s fault. Some think she is a glutton for punishment. Some say that they deserve one another if he is sick enough to beat her, and she is ‘sick’ enough to stick around. Some even referred to the victims of domestic violence or abuse as weak.
The myths stirred something in me. I channeled all of my energy into creating characters anyone could relate to; I felt that if people could relate, people would not judge. I created the first main character, Kendall; a strong, confident, attractive woman who gradually loses the essence of who she is.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
Deep dark secret? Hmm…Let me think…
This may come as a shock to many, but here goes:
I have a lot of trouble shutting off my book ideas. For me, it is nearly impossible to quiet the creativity. I am constantly creating characters, plots, conflicts, and dialogue. This is a double-edged sword, as it’s great when I am writing, not so great when I am trying to have conversations or sleep.
Some days, I should have this message stamped to my forehead, “I’m so sorry. My head is in the clouds, today–would you say that, again?”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Believe it or not, I don’t really think about that often. My husband mentions us living in Italy before he retires from the Air Force, and that sounds amazing. But as I give where I would want to travel some thought, Germany pops into my mind.
My parents were stationed there just after they were married–over thirty years ago. I have heard sooo many stories about how beautiful Germany is; the architecture, scenic routes, charming castles, walls, and towers sound very captivating.
To visit or live there, knowing my parents were there in their teens or early twenties, (they were married at sixteen and nineteen and never divorced), would be absolutely surreal! Thank you for bringing that to mind.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
I am a night person–hands down. I could be exhausted all day, and as soon as 9pm hits, I am wide awake. I have always been this way. Even my mother says as a baby everyone had to be asleep before I would close my eyes. :-)
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
Yes. My mother enjoys writing–but not as much as she enjoys knitting. I also have a cousin who is working on a story, and writes poetry. And I have a friend who is like a sister to me who is very passionate about poetry.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Great question! Yes…I was actually quite the daydreamer. So much so, that I distinctly remember one of my elementary or middle school teachers writing on my report card:
“Good student, very sweet, but daydreams in class.”
It was not funny to my parents at the time, but today, I understand myself a lot better.
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
My wish would be to write something deeply moving. Something that left no heart uninspired; something that changed someone’s view, or brought healing to his/her soul. Is that far-fetched? I think it probably is…but that’s my wish/goal.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
I really enjoyed these questions. I appreciate this opportunity to share and ‘chit chat’, and I thank you so very much for your time.