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#WriterWednesday- Interview with C. Michelle Ramsey

Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to one of the writers in my writer’s group who has recently published her third novel, which has been receiving 5-Star Reviews! She has a very interesting story to tell, too!

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Welcome, C. Michelle!

What inspired you to write?

I have been writing since the age of 12 for self-entertainment. It was a way to prevent boredom after all the books had been read and I was waiting on the next trip to the library. On a rainy day, or if none of my friends were available to play outside, I would grab a pencil and notebook and entertain myself for hours. As an adult my husband (he was my boyfriend at the time) found those writings, and encouraged me to share them. I would only share them with a very close friend of mine and a small circle of circle of people at work. They all enjoyed my stories and my close friend, along with my husband continued to push me to share those works. I refused obviously. It took me 17 years later before I listened, and I shared it with my book club members. They didn’t know that I had written the story and they were encouraged to give honest feedback. After receiving their passionate responses and excessive feedback, I revealed to them that I was the author. They were amazed and they all encouraged me to move forward with publishing my first book.

 

What genre do you write? Did you choose it, or did it choose you?

I write women’s fiction, contemporary fiction, and some of them have elements of contemporary romance. I must say that these genres chose me, because I write about situations that people experience in everyday life, (e.g. domestic violence, drug abuse, losing a child, single parenthood, marital strife, etc.). All of the stories allow my characters to grow into themselves, embracing who they are flaws and all, and overcome with victory at the end; not traditional happy ending stories, but they still grow from their encounters and life challenges.

 

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Because I am a mother, wife, and work a FT job, I have to incorporate writing into my life as I can. I write on the weekends, I write in the evenings after everyone is settled in, and I write at 1 & 2 o’clock in the morning. There’s not a schedule per se, but when my characters yank my attention away from something else, I have to listen and follow their lead. They basically dictate my schedule. But I do try to write daily.

 

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I keep sharing what I’ve written after so many pages with my husband to hear his thoughts. He tells me to just let it flow and not worry about him, but I can’t help it, I need him to read along as I’m writing. I believe one day we just might produce a work together. Other than that I will say I stop to edit instead of waiting until the work is completed.

 

Are you a pantser or plotter?

 I am a pantser through and through (Go Pantsers!). I have learned to incorporate an outline, yet I always fall back into my old habits of flying by the seat of my pants. I love it! I often find myself floating away from working on one story and starting another one because I hear it calling me, and it won’t let go until I put it down on paper.

 

Are your stories based on experiences based on someone you know, or are events in your own life reflected in the characters/stories you write? Can you share and example?

My stories are based on the reality that I see in everyday life, whether it’s mine, or a complete stranger. Oftentimes a thought will pop into my head and I will run with that story and turn it into something completely different than the original thought. I can see a scenario playing out on the street and I will add to it. Or sometimes I see complete strangers walking down the street and I will make up what their life may be like, and turn that into a story. For instance, REAL SECRETS deals with choices made by a stripper and the outcome of her life based on those choices. That is something that I made up in my head. Alternatively, IS THE GRASS REALLY GREENER, deals with a couple who has experienced the loss of a child. While the details of the story vary greatly, my husband and I have experienced this trauma.

 

Do you have any suggestions to help new authors become a better writer? If so, what are they?

The only thing that I will say is, stay true to you. Don’t attempt to write because you believe that’s what is popular at the time. Write from your heart and allow your passion to be revealed in your writing and you can’t go wrong. Always do it for the love of it, not for any other reason.

 

Are you self-pubbed, indie pubbed, or traditionally pubbed?

With my latest project, IS THE GRASS REALLY GREENER, I chose self-publication. It has been a new and wonderful experience for me. The first two books I went with a small, and relatively new publisher, but encountered several obstacles that prevented me from knowing what my sales figures were and other information.

What are your current projects?

 My current projects are “BEJEWELED” a story about a hair salon owner taking steps to make the difference in the lives of her employees and clients. She believes it is her God given talent to be an inspiration to others and motivate them to pursue their dreams. But the drama that is unfolding in some of their lives poses a challenge for her and would even test the patience of a saint. That project will be a series.

The second project I’m still working with the title, but for the moment is “THE TWO FACES OF A WOMAN.” This project is about identical twins living two completely separate lives and the collision that sparks a major change in both of their lives. One of the twins is going insane and everything around her is questionable after a major accident. She begins to lose touch with reality and herself, and she has no one to trust but her identical twin sister. She relies on her sister to keep her sane, grounded, and for healing. But as the story progresses she begins to question even her twin. Which one is sane, and which one is insane is the question.

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Five women, five lives, five secrets. Each woman is battling her own personal demons, and hiding a secret from her friends and family.

Each of them envies another’s life, wishing her life was different, wishing she had what the other woman had. But what happens when what appears to be real, is all a façade?

Battling breast cancer, single parenthood, infidelity, the loss of a child, and managing the single life, can become overwhelming for these ladies.

Not satisfied with their lives, looking for something better, they contemplate alternative choices to improve their lives; crossing over to the other side of the fence is a very real possibility. We can’t see beyond the choices we make, but we must be held accountable for them.

And after they have crossed the fence, they realize two things simultaneously. Yes, the grass was greener on the other side; and also their grass could have been just as green had they taken care of it.

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#GuestPost- Is the Grass Really Greener? by C.Michelle Ramsey

I’m proud to be feature a member of my writers group, C. Michelle Ramsey, and her new release, Is the Grass Really Greener? Her novel explores the relationships of five friends who secretly desire to have what the other has. Intriguing, right? Take a sneak peek at an excerpt, then buy your copy today!

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Five women, five lives, five secrets. Each woman is battling her own personal demons, and hiding a secret from her friends and family.

Each of them envies another’s life, wishing her life was different, wishing she had what the other woman had. But what happens when what appears to be real, is all a façade?

Battling breast cancer, single parenthood, infidelity, the loss of a child, and managing the single life, can become overwhelming for these ladies.

Not satisfied with their lives, looking for something better, they contemplate alternative choices to improve their lives; crossing over to the other side of the fence is a very real possibility. We can’t see beyond the choices we make, but we must be held accountable for them.

And after they have crossed the fence, they realize two things simultaneously. Yes, the grass was greener on the other side; and also their grass could have been just as green had they taken care of it.

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EXCERPT:

Courtney found herself nodding her head to the beat of the music, more than she was focused on her report. Anita Baker’s “I Apologize” was on the radio playing softly in the background on KSTORM. She had to get this report done for tomorrow morning’s budget meeting. Stretching back in her chair, she let out a long yawn and shook her head to shake the sleep off. It was 11:55 at night and she knew that she had to be up at four in the morning. But these numbers just weren’t shaking out right.

The right thing to do would be to put it away and go upstairs with Nate and go to bed. She found herself going to bed after her husband more and more these days. She used to be the one who was knocked out by eight or nine o’clock, but not anymore. Some nights she was still up until two or three in the morning, if she didn’t have an early day at the office. Nate didn’t question it, because he didn’t want to be bothered with her anyway. She couldn’t remember the last time they had sex. She stopped to ponder that thought, had it really been five months now? Damn, it had. Seems as if she was always attempting to get him in the mood, and the last time she had done that he had brushed her off and he didn’t show even the slightest interest in her.

“Lonely hearts, find someone to love. Fellas, take care of your women; remember to love them long and strong, ‘cuz if you don’t, another brother will. And to all my lovely ladies, I’m wishing you a good night out there in the ATL; thanks for spending another night with me. And come back tomorrow for another night of love with Hypnotiq on the Storm.”

And with that he blew his traditional kiss and Pierce was off the radio for the night. As if this were some subliminal cue, Courtney closed her folder, switched off the radio on the bookshelf behind her, walked over to the doorway, switched off the light in her office, and walked upstairs to her bedroom. She was halfway up the steps when it hit her.

Damn, she thought to herself, I’ve been staying up half the night every night to hear the voice of a stranger. I’m falling for a man who I don’t even know. She started walking back down the steps to her office and flicked on the light and sat in her chair behind her desk.

Courtney furiously ran her hands through her hair shaking her head in disbelief. What the hell is this? I’m falling for a man I don’t know? He’s a kid from the old neighborhood that’s what it’s got to be. He brings back pleasant memories for me at this rough time in my life. Hell I had one cup of Joe with this man and ran into him at my art exhibit, and I sit up every night to hear his voice on the damn radio, how pathetic am I? He might have a girl, hell for all I know he might not be interested in women anyway, or black women, she shook her head laughing at that one. The way he came on to her that night she highly doubted it.  “This is crazy, it doesn’t even matter. I’m a married woman…not happily, but I’m married just the same and I love my husband with all my heart,” she said aloud, “I’m taking my butt to bed, I’m tired…that’s what it is,” and once again she repeated the steps she had just taken, not even three minutes earlier.

But this time when she got to the bedroom Nate wasn’t asleep. He was sitting in the bed staring at the TV. She could tell he wasn’t watching it. Courtney decided it would be best to not say anything, because she didn’t want to argue. All of their words turned into arguments these days and they couldn’t have decent communication. But it wasn’t to be.

“Courtney, I want a divorce,” Nate said.

Thinking she must have lost her mind, or maybe forgot to clean the wax from her ears, she turned over in the bed to face him. “Huh?” she said, a little befuddled.

“I want a divorce,” he repeated in that same monotone he had just used.

“Why?” she asked with panic rising up in her throat.

“I don’t wanna be here anymore, I can’t do this,” he explained.

“Do what Nate?”

“Do us, this thing we call a marriage, this faking it we’re doing day by day, I can’t do it anymore,” he said with a little emotion coming into his voice.

“Look Nate, I know that you’re hurting, I’ve been hurting, too. And what’s hurting the most is that you’re shutting me out. You won’t even talk to me. I know you’re grieving baby, we’re both grieving, but you didn’t suffer this loss alone. I did, too and just like we lost him together we have to find a way to heal together, to go on with our future,” she pleaded.

“I don’t think you heard me. There’s no future for us,” Nate responded a little more passionately this time.

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C. Michelle Ramsey takes your emotions on a roller coaster ride, one page at a time, with every story she creates. Author of “Reflections of Promises” and “Real Secrets,” she has now released her third novel, “Is the Grass Really Greener?” Her stories take a look at real life situations, real drama, and real people, in a fictional story.

A writing consultant for Bleu Skies Writing Services, she enjoys reading mystery novels, African-American fiction, and chick lit. Her favorite authors are: Terry McMillan, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, and Stuart Woods. Michelle is an Atlanta native born and bred, where she currently resides with her husband and three children.

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