Monday, February 28, 2011

Author Interview: Ramona Wray & Giveaway!


Ramona Wray
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Ramona Wray's Books
Hex: A Witch and Angel Tale [Review] [Buy]




Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Romania, but I haven’t lived there for a long time. I like to travel a lot which is why my six year old son knows his way around a number of airports. I love art in any form, as long as it’s not pretentious. I used to dance, but I don’t have time for it anymore. I love to run.


Being from Romania, have you ever flirted with the idea of writing about vampires? Would it be something that you may try out in the future?

Oh, I’ve written about vampires alright - a great, beloved novel over which I slaved for quite a while. Sure, vampires make fascinating characters. I might write about them again, in the future.


Could you tell us a little bit about your novel, Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale?

Sure. It’s the story of an outsider, seventeen year-old Lily Crane, who has the “power” to “see” into people’s minds simply by touching them. This makes her terribly unpopular and, to some degree, feared by many people. No touching means no boyfriend, no friends, no normal relationships. But everything changes when the hottest guy in school asks her to prom. Then a newcomer shows up in town, and he’s very interested in our girl, too. There’s a lot of drama, unexpected trips to eighteenth-century England, and a dark past that’s looming over the trio, threatening Lily’s life.

I’m not going to say more because I don’t like spoilers. Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale is a good story - surprising and funny. I hope everyone will like it.


Your trailer for the book is amazing. Did you create it yourself? Also, what was the inspiration behind the trailer?

Yes, the trailer is my baby. It was a challenge I guess - I wanted to see if I could do it. The inspiration came with the music, which was the first thing I found and loved on the spot. The pictures and the slides came after. I loved it! Making the video was like solving a puzzle, finding the right pieces and sliding them into place. It was so much fun.


Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale is your first published novel but not the first novel you’ve written. Have you considered publishing your other novels?

Not until recently. For a while I thought I wanted my vampire novel to be published, but then I changed my mind. Publishing a book and promoting it is a full time job. I wasn’t in the right place for it before.


Young Adult seems to be the preferred genre for not only teens, but adults - especially women - as well. Why do you think that is?

Same reason Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet so young - youth is inspiring. It’s what makes the world go round. The emotions, the naivete, the purity of feeling - these are precious and inspiring notions; they make the sun shine a little bit brighter.


What are some of your favorite YA reads?

Okay, I just read “Delirium” and I was blown away. I think Lauren Oliver has created something epic here. I can’t wait for the sequels! Otherwise, I have a few favorite authors. Jenny Downham’s “Before I die” was a revelation. Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Annette Curtis Klause, Sarah Dessen, Sarah Rees Brennan - I read and re-read them constantly. Greatest YA writers of our time.


Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about your book and/or yourself?

I wanted to make the book as accessible as possible for the readers which is why, from next week, Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale will be available at Amazon.com at the brand-new price of $8.64. Unfortunately, at this time, there are no definitive plans for it to be released in Australia or the UK. I’ve been getting lots of emails about this and I’m terribly sorry for not having better news.

Lastly, I want to thank those readers who have sent me their thoughts on it. Their feedback never fails to brighten my days. Thank you!

As a part of this interview, Ramona was kind enough to offer up a copy of her young adult novel Hex, A Witch And Angel Tale.

To Enter:
- Follow the link below.
- US only.
- It isn't required, but I strongly urge you to follow Ramona on Facebook. She's a delight to talk to and loves keeping in touch with her fans!
- Contest ends on Sunday, March 6 at midnight EST.

!! Click HERE To Enter !!

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