Today, we have our very own Edie Ramer’s story on her writer’s journey. Edie is one of the founding members of MagicalMusings and like all of us, followed a difficult road to publication. Deciding to go the indie route, Edie presently has eleven books available and will soon be releasing her twelth. So, let’s hear Edie’s story.
You often hear about someone having a fire in their belly; when it comes to books and writing, I have a fire in my soul. As far back as I remember, I loved books. One of my first memories is my brothers and sisters and me gathered around my mother while she read to us. The odd thing was that I never felt the urge to write when I was young. Instead, I channeled my imagination into daydreams. Usually I had super powers and was flying around with the other super powered heroes and heroines. (I still want those super powers!)
Out of five kids, I was the middle child. My dad had a heart condition for a long time, and he died when I was five. My mother did what she could, but she was busy and we were on our own a lot. As I’m writing this, I first see how that relates to many of my heroines. As a child, I recall spending a lot of time observing people, which is a good background for a writer. Oddly, my brain-damaged heroine in MIRACLE LANE – which will be available this later this week – observes people to learn how to act normal.
I married fairly young and had our son soon after. I worked during this time, but I never stayed at one place more than a few years. It wasn’t that I hated the jobs, it’s just that I hated going every day. It felt wrong. I even said once that one of my jobs was killing pieces of my soul.
Then one day my husband came home from work and told me he had lost his job. I immediately said I was going to write a book. I don’t even know where it came from. I think I was reading a Harlequin romance at the time, and I was having an I-can-do-that moment. But it went deeper than that. Because I loved books so much, I revered writers. I thought they were ‘special.’ And we are! The truth is, everyone is special.
Lucky for us, my husband got another job not long after. But I was already hooked. I knew this is what I should be doing – and my beginning showed a lot of promise. I almost got an agent with my first book. I wrote short stories and started selling them to print magazines. I had many contest wins and finals with my books. I had four agents (not at the same time). I came close to selling a few times, but I never did. I had times when I was depressed, but I never gave up. The fire in my soul never left me. About this time, I was reading more about the business of publishing, and I became an indie author.
I haven’t looked back; I’m only looking forward. I’m published in contemporary, paranormal and sci fi romance, plus a humorous mystery. I co-edited ENTANGLED, A PARANORMAL ANTHOLOGY, with all the proceeds going to cancer research. Later this week, I’ll have MIRACLE LANE available, the third book of my Miracle Interrupted series. I feel like I’ve reached my heart place with this magical realism series, and will be writing these stories for a long time.
For whatever reason, lightning never hit me – so I’m making my own lightning. I’m happy and excited and fulfilled. If I were to give a new writer advice, I would say to work hard, be persistent, get great critique partners, learn as much as you can about the craft, and then make the magic happen.