>Edie Ramer Interview + Giveaway!

>Welcome to my fantastic guest today, Edie Ramer! Edie’s newest release, Galaxy Girls, is out NOW! Here’s a little peek…

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 to 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.

And now, a little about Edie…but don’t forget, comment or ask a question to enter to win an ecopy of Galaxy Girls or 1 of 5 custom bookmarks!!

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?

Other writers. There are so many great writers—many friends of mine—all of them different, and I enjoy each in their own way. I love Cynthia Eden’s voice. It’s so strong and distinct and primal. I’d recognize it anywhere (which a certain plagiarizer should’ve known).

Then there’s Michelle Diener, my CP. The first time I read something of hers, I was a new member in a critique group and we had to read a scene that Michelle wrote before deciding whether to accept her. One member didn’t really want a third CP, but I said, “She writes like a dream,” and that got her in. I love Michelle’s writing even more now. She’s such a tight writer, yet she gets in all the important details with action, conflict and description and characters I’m rooting for. She writes books I don’t want to put down.

I’m reading an ARC of A Summer in Europe by Marilyn Brant. It’s a mainstream/women’s fiction, told in first person. It’s very in depth, yet Marilyn doesn’t tell the reader everything about her. You find out as you read why she is the way she is. I’m eager to see the transformation I suspect will happen. I sneak a bit of that in my paranormal romances.

I have to mention Margie Lawson. I’ve taken most of her classes, and every once in a while, I’ll go to her website and read the examples that show how NY Times bestselling authors use language to show emotion. Now I get reviews like this: “This book is filled with laughter, heartbreak, mystery, cranky ghosts, and most importantly, love. The depth of which Ramer is able to put into her characters is fantastic.” –Aimee, Coffee Table Press (about Dead People)

Without showing emotion and character depth, a book like Galaxy Girls (which has alien heroines who run a tea shop in a small town in Kentucky and use pheromones as a weapon) would be farcical.

How does your family view your writing career?

When I had a couple months where I made over $2000, my husband was very happy. So was I! I know it will happen again as I get more books out. But getting more books out means sacrificing family time, and it does bother my husband sometimes. I’m lucky that he knows how important this is to me.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

Storytelling. I’m not a natural storyteller, so I work at it. Characters who are interesting and make me care are very important. I like broken characters. Flawed. In trouble. Or maybe they just care deeply about something or someone.

The heroines in Galaxy Girls are the most gorgeous I’ve created. But their horrible background made them tight as a family, and they don’t easily let other people in. Especially men. Unless they’re ovulating, of course.

For me, good writing is also important. If the writing isn’t good, I can’t read more than a couple of chapters.

Tell us about your upcoming release.

I’m so glad you asked! I’m working on a novella and a short story with characters from Galaxy Girls. They’ll probably be out in October. But my short story, The Fat Cat, will be in an e-anthology, Entangled, that will be out on Sept. 12. All the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

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 me, plus a novella by Allison Brennan.

Misty Evans and I put this together. I’m so proud of it. The stories are amazing, and I hope it will make a nice chunk of money for the BCRF.

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~ 1 of 5 custom bookmarks
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All of Edie’s main characters–cat, dragon, ghost or human–have a mix of attitude and heart. They start out damaged and end up duct taped together, with a few pieces missing. Edie’s goal is to write books that make people feel good. Books that leave readers with a warm glow because they touched their hearts and a small ache that they ended.

She lives in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, two dogs, and a special cat. Edie started writing in the 1990’s, selling short stories in the mystery genre to National magazines and anthologies. In addition to nonfiction articles, she wrote verses for greeting cards, and she possess a drawer filled with cards for any occasion. She’s co-founder of Write Attitude, an inspirational website for writers. She’s won writing contests and was an American Title V finalist with Dead People, the first book of her Haunted Hearts series, which is a Kindle best-seller.