Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fantasy and Reality Collide with the Expert Talent of Jo Ramsey

2010 Debut Author, Jo Ramsey takes the reader on a an exceptional journey of fantasy and reality through the eyes of Shanna Bailey and brings to life and together two characters who help each other through their darkest moments. Come along for this fascinating interview with Ms. Ramsey and be prepared to be mesmerized.

DMc: Your background is in special education. Do you use your experience from teaching in your writing?

JR: Somewhat. When I write YA, I try to write so that kids with reading difficulties would still be able to read and enjoy the story. And I’ve used my experiences in high school to create some parts of the stories.

DMc: You have a book signing scheduled for March 13th in Massachusetts; please share with us the details.

JR: I’ll be at the Winthrop Book Depot in Winthrop Massachusetts on March 13 from 10-1. In addition to signing books, I’ll have some giveaways and prize drawings, and a representative from the Second Step violence prevention program is scheduled to be there with some information about the program, since bullying and tolerance is one of the themes of Connection.

DMc: Connection is the first of ten in the Reality Shifts series. Please share with us a synopsis of the series as a whole.

JR: Shanna Bailey and Jonah Leighton have always been outcasts. When they found each other, they became friends almost immediately. Jonah has studied energy healing, channeling, and yoga since childhood, and teaches these things to Shanna. Using their healing and channeling skills, they have to counter demons, malevolent dead spirits, and other entities to prevent an entity from a separate reality from migrating to our universe, since the energetic backwash from that migration would vaporize our world. Meanwhile, Shanna’s entire life changes as she deals with abuse from her mother and incidents from her past.

DMc: Now that your readers know about your Reality Shifts series please share the inspiration behind the first book Connection.

JR: When I was about 35, I became friends with a man who did healing, channeling, and yoga, and taught me about them. Those skills helped me cope with some unpleasant things from my past and the marriage I was in at the time. I chose to write about those things in a format accessible to teenagers, because I know kids are dealing with abuse and bullying and I want them to know they aren’t alone, and they can ask for help.

DMc: Is the protagonist, 14-year-old Shanna based on anyone you know, or was she created from your exploration of characters?

JR: She’s based on me.

DMc: When you begin a manuscript do you start with an outline? Why or why not?

JR: Never an outline. Sometimes I might jot down a few sentences about what I’d like to see happen in the story, but that’s all I do for plotting in advance. For me, part of the fun of writing is seeing where the story ends up, so I try not to be too detailed in my pre-writing.

DMc: Have any of your characters traveled a path you never expected? If yes, do you fight them or allow them to go where they want?

JR: My characters constantly go where I don’t expect, and I almost always let them. It’s more fun that way, and their ideas are sometimes better than mine!

DMc: Where can our readers purchase Connection?

JR: It’s available through the publisher at, or on

DMc: In your opinion what do you feel is the most important part of promoting your work? (i.e., Social networking, in-person networking, book signings, school visits).

JR: I would say probably in-person events, such as book signings and school visits, because that gives me an opportunity to meet my readers as well as allowing them to meet me.

DMc: Where can our readers learn more about you?

JR: On my website,


  1. Hi Jo Ramsey :)

    Looking forward to your book! :)

    I have done some energy healing work and had experiences. What are your thoughts about Indigo Children? Indigio Children can have psychic abilities and be drawn to energy healing I think....from what I've read. Do you think the teens you are writing about are Indigo Children?

    Congratulations on your upcoming book signing.

    :) Abigail

  2. Hey Jo and Donna! Great interview! I really enjoyed reading more about Jo's book!

  3. Hi Jo. Your book sounds like one that teens need to read, especially the ones coping with similar issues. Have a great signing. Good luck to you.


  4. Thanks for the comments!

    Abigail, I've done some reading about Indigo and Crystal children. To be honest, I don't believe in those concepts. However, I do believe in energy healing, channeling, etc., and have practiced those skills. I believe that our souls learn throughout their existence, and that Jonah and Shanna are what might be referred to as "old souls."

  5. Great interview. I like that she is in special education. We need more teachers like her.

  6. Excellent interview ladies. This is definitely a story that has a unique premise. It sure sounds like it could reach teens in a meaningful way.

    Best of luck with your book.


  7. I love to come by to see what you're doing, Donna. You always have such lovely surprises.

  8. Ladies...thank you for stopping by and visiting with Jo. Your support is truly appreciated.

    Warm regards,

  9. Wow! This sounds like such an interesting book! Great job on the interview both of you.

  10. Hi Donna, I am a day late but still enjoyed your interview. This book sounds very interesting and I am always pleasantly surprised by the new and experienced authors you share with us. Thank you again.
    Nice interview.

  11. Great interview ladies. This book sounds very interesting. Good luck!

  12. Hi, Ladies,

    Wonderful interview. I usually don't use an outline either, but find it more comfortable when I do.

    Jo, your book sounds great!

  13. Donna, thanks for hosting me.

    And thanks for the comments, everyone :)

  14. Sorry I'm a bit late, but enjoyed reading the interview anyway. Great job Donna and Jo.

    Am hoping the book signing to day is going well! :o)


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