Judy Ramsook [jramsook]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
Janet and John
I picked up a pencil and paper and began writing.
My teachers at school, then my friends.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Most times, ideas come to me from nowhere. Like I'll be sitting somewhere and I'll spot something that triggers an idea for a story. And if I feel strongly enough about something, I write about what I have experienced, heard of or seen.
I usually have the story mapped out in my mind before putting everything on paper or MS Word.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Things out of the ordinary. Such as maybe a good mystery, or fantasy fiction.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Problem, usually at the story's beginning, a pending resolution, true to life characters and solution to problem by the story's end.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
What well known writers do you admire most?
Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, J.R.R. Tolkien, George Eliot, Mary Shelley.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Usually some trait or quality people can relate to, like a scar, or a bad habit.
I create mine from some of my own experiences, for I feel that in order for the reader to grasp what he/she is reading, it has to be convincing.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
I would like to think so.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
The person or persons who are going to be reading the work.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Does reader feed-back help you?
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
In high school, I won a copy of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights at a poetry contest. And I was recently in the spotlight section at: www.ourecho.com
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I think I have found it, but I am open to ideas and other people's opinions on that.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I am usually, serious, punctual and I try to stay focused.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Usually just myself, pen and paper and/or computer.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
Yes, I write on a computer and I go back and edit what I have written right there on the computer.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
What has been your experience with publishers?
That they are usually looking for a marketable product.
What are you working on now?
Seeking a publisher for my collection of short stories and finished book about a journalist who is caught between her love for her best friend, and an old school mate whose homophobic side gets the better of him.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Show it to someone.
San Antonio, Texas.