Author Interview: R.H. Ramsey, author of Like Shards of Glass

Publisher: Inknbeans Press

Publication Date: August 21, 2014


Synopsis: Beauty, pain, drugs, sex: repeat. Monroe Song, who considers herself nothing more than the wife of a terrorist, is struggling, failing, and drowning, trying to find her place in a world that has left her at the brink of insanity: Her husband, Carter, has opened fire at a mental health facility, before turning the ruthless gun on his sons, then himself.

Emptied wine bottles, and pills which bring her no relief or comfort, drive Monroe into the arms of Dominique, a man half her age, who offers her the perfect anecdote for her brokenness.

Monroe's oldest son, Karter, once idolized his father. Karter is now haunted by his father's face, words, and the massacre that is now his family legacy.

If Karter's hero is a monster, a terrorist, who brutally murdered innocent people, what does that make Karter?

How can Monroe and Karter move forward when life has forgotten them? Then, again, with everything so distorted, why not spiral with the storm?


Interview: Q. How did writing this book affect you?

I would have to say, the book affected me in the same way my other novels did – ignited that passion of wanting to bring light to dark topics, bring awareness and empathy to the things we don't often connect with. But what really affected me, was taking the time to focus more on details.

I wanted to create something that was detailed, but not in a way that a reader would want to turn the pages to get to the point – just in a sensual slow-building sort of way.  I think that in doing this, I evolved a bit as a writer. Details are something I struggle with.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part of writing, for me, is paying attention to details. I tend to focus on the bigger picture, the emotions, the character development. Colors, scents, time, and setting, are a lot more difficult than, say, dialogue for me, personally.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Yes! But I am taking my time, because I had originally planned to only publish short stories after my third or fourth novel was published. (Like Shards of Glass is the third novel with Inknbeans Press.)

This way, I could focus more on what is already available to the public, instead of putting everything I have written out there with a very small amount of readers. I may change my mind; I'm still giving this thought. I am also considering getting my children's book published before I publish any more novels.

Q. What are you currently reading?

I have been so busy with writing and preparing for publishing “Like Shards of Glass”, that I am ashamed to say, I have not been keeping up with any books at this time, except the books by my brilliant author friends. Such as Ey Wade's “When Clouds Touch,” and Jordanna East's “Blood in the Pain,” and Andrea Cunningham's novella and book of poetry.

Oh! I started Les Miserables last Spring, was thoroughly enjoying it, but did not get very far.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

My most exciting news to date, is that just recently, I got the opportunity to appear on a local television show, and discuss (for 3-minutes) my books and my passion – awareness.

My latest news, is that on August 21st, my latest novel, Like Shards of Glass, will be (finally!!) available through all major online retailers. There will be a giveaway which will begin this week, and go through the last week in September. Also, on September 20th , I will be at Book-a-holics, for a booksigning/release celebration.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

My most interesting quirk? I used to think it was quirky that I email and text myself ideas, but I am learning that a lot of my writer-ly friends do this, too. It makes me feel a bit better about being so silly, but it also makes me realize, we are all just as loony as can be, and there's no getting around it!

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

A fun fact about myself. Hmm.

I can give you a few:

If I don't come and go the same way (when driving) I will get myself lost for over a half hour. Wow. That's just sad. Let's just stop there.

Q. Is there anything you haven’t written about that you would like to in the future?

Good question! Yes!

I have a long-term project, a book I have been working on for two, almost three years, now, and it is verging on sci-fi/fantasy. This is a genre I would really like to attempt. I would also like to write a book that is not dark, that's sweet and fluffy and gives readers butterflies and happy thoughts. I don't really … I don't see me pulling that off. (Aside from my children's book.)

Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Loving these questions.

If I could learn to do anything, I would learn to live in the moment and to stop worrying and allowing myself to become so anxious about things that I will laugh at myself about later.

Also, if I could learn to do something, it would be something like, photography … or to finger paint intricate pictures of people, places, and things. I would love that.

Q. What gives you the most joy in life?

Peace. God. Family. Writing.

Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?

None of my characters. I put them through so much. Poor things. But if I absolutely had to pick, maybe I'd choose a supporting character, like a friend of a friend. Someone who's known only by their silent observations and advice.

Q. How do you like to spend your spare time?

I spend my spare time resting from chronic cluster headaches and a damaged nerve on my right side, lately. (Woe is me.)

But when I'm up and about, I love to just accidentally end up somewhere like, at a park or out to eat, or grabbing movies at Redbox. And do I have to say it? WRITING!!!!

Q. How did you come up with the title?

The title for the book came about as I put myself in my main character's shoes. Just, the whole thought of losing everything – a husband and children – all in the blink of an eye. I knew instantly what I would do. I would fall apart. I would fall apart and shatter, like shards of glass.

Q. When did you know you would be a writer?

I never knew what I'd be. But I knew in my soul that I was an artist. I thought for a split second, maybe I'd be a musician? I played piano – I was no child prodigy – but I could learn, memorize, and get an A or B in my music class without practicing the way I was supposed to. Same with orchestra. But once I reflected on the way I'd create stories with my barbies (don't laugh!!), and the fun I had with stories I wrote as a high school sophomore (and never finished!!) … I knew I was onto something. And it was like an epiphany once I finally completed my first book, at 19-years-old. May have been 18.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I admire you for giving me a chance. I know I'm not perfect, my writing is not perfect, my methods of getting your attention are probably annoying, but I appreciate you. I appreciate and admire you, for giving me a chance.

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