Joan Ramirez — Author Spotlight
Today I’m happy to welcome author Joan Ramirez for an author spotlight.
— What is your writing process?
I strongly believe in outlines. This book, which I’m now crafting, will be a labor of love. My uncle, a WWII medal winning paramedic, left me his memorabilia. With all of the historical facts to sort through, I have composed a detailed outline, noting significant dates regarding Italian Front. He was meticulous in his correspondence, which makes my task a lot easier. However, I still have to do a lot of research regarding the war facts.
— Tell us about the book.
I’m hoping to turn it into a series as my uncle’s life was filled with meaty characters. As I write, sometimes I cry because I worshiped my uncle, a man for all seasons, beloved by all. I choose my character’s names by their personalities.
–Do you have some advice for a beginning author?
Learn the craft, read, read, and read in your genre, and when you’ve finished the book, edit by reading out loud to hear how the dialogue sounds. Is it accurately representing your characters?
— What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write in suspense with touches of romance because I find it challenging and exciting.
— What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of writing is the editing. It gives me an opportunity to step and think and rephrase and mold and shape my book much as I’m doing with my photography portfolio. This is the creative part for me.
— How has being published changed your life?
Being published (I’ve done three nonfiction and my first contemporary romance) has made me realize how much I love books. I have many stories to tell. As I grow in my writing process, I’ve learned to more patient with myself. Nothing good comes of rushing creativity.
ABOUT THE BOOK: A Test of Wills
In my World War II historical romantic suspense, A Test of Wills, as war rages on the Italian Front, paramedic/pharmacist Will Coppell works to save his Army buddy’s leg but can’t save another soldier, Saul, from limping. To show his gratitude, Mario Figino invites Will to spend his three-day leave with his relatives. One look at Gazelle, Mario’s younger sister, and Will knows he wants to spend the rest of his life with her.Aldo, her second cousin, flies into a jealous rage, demanding they marry immediately or he’ll put her to work on the street. At war’s end, the young lovers vow to find a way to be together as Saul seeks revenge on Will.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joan Ramirez
Joan lives in the New York metropolitan area, is a published photojournalist, has short suspense stories online, and has taught special education and English as a Second Language to students around the globe. This is her first historical suspense. She has also published three nonfiction books and a contemporary romance.