"Your Story is Important": An Interview with Laura Ramsay.
Today I had the lovely opportunity to talk to Laura Ramsay, a writer on Wattpad with a strong voice and lots to say about the great things she's working on!
So, Laura, tell us a little bit about yourself!
Hello, my name is Laura, and I am a writer and a part-time artist, if drawing in my free time counts. Writing has been my passion for a while now, though I’m just starting out on Wattpad. I love reading, climbing, and killing off my characters (because who doesn’t?).
How long have you been writing for?
I’ve been writing stories (or at least attempting to) since grade 1! The Documents folder on my laptop is stuffed full of short stories and half-finished novel ideas that I’ve generated over the years. I’ll post them one of these days, but I’m currently trying to focus on one thing, which is my in-progress novel, Dimensions!
Can you pitch us your book?
Ronin is the adopted son of a black-market dragon dealer, and is in training to become one himself. However, even with his unusual dragon-taming skill his outcome doesn't look good, what with his aversion to violence and general social interaction.
Xara is a bounty hunter, and Ronin's polar opposite. She is cunning, prickly, agile, and deadly. But when she finally finds a stronghold she can't crack, she enlists the help of another bounty hunter, which leads to a series of very interesting, very deadly events.
And above all of them, above every person or creature in the seven dimensions, is Drax. He is a sorcerer, an assassin, and a dictator, but most of all, he wants to destroy the worlds of Ronin and Xara and everyone they know.
As the story spirals to an explosive climax, Xara, Ronin, and their companions will get caught up in a web of lies, deceit, and deadly secrets, with consequences that could lead to an interdimensional war.
That sounds so intense and intricate! Who is your favorite character to write?
Xara, definitely. She’s just a total badass, and her general personality reminds me of me in the mornings, prickly and slightly on the murderous side. You definitely don’t want to get on her bad side, and she is just a lot of fun to write. She’s also a very interesting character in general, and I can’t wait to reveal more of her personality as the story goes on. It’s going to be a wild ride, that’s for sure!
How do you like Wattpad? Do you find it's a good fit for your writing?
I do like it, I love reading other people’s stories, and getting inspiration for my own. It’s also a great way to get my ideas out there, instead of just sitting around collecting dust in my head.
What are some rewarding aspects of being a writer who posts their story online?
Again, you get your story out there, which brings more attention to your writing style and perhaps some things that could use fixing! Not all criticism is bad, and it can often be helpful in improving your story. You also have that tiny chance of an indie publisher catching wind of your book and liking it, but it’s unlikely to happen unless your novel is very very good. It is something to aspire to, however!
Exactly, it really helps to get your story out there! What goals do you have for your book?
I would like to actually finish one of my novels, and I’m trying to get about 2000 words a chapter, at least. It can be hard sometimes, and the writer’s block has been killing me lately, but I know I need to just push through and it will get easier. My current goal is 20 chapters, and when I get to that I may add more, depending on how the story is going.
Those are really great goals to have, I know you can do it. How would you describe your writing style?
I prefer to write from the first person, it’s just more comfortable for me, and I do try to put in as much description as possible without overdoing it. So I’d say my style is descriptive, with lots of fantasy thrown in there. Something I also find fun is just making up insults and artifacts to put into the story, such as the Diástasi stone, or small personal items with a lot of meaning such as Ronin’s amulet.
What are you most inspired by?
Honestly? I have no idea. My ideas just kind of pop into my head mostly formed, and if I like them I shape them to how I want them and put them in the story! Though some books I’ve read have given me ideas, so if you have writer's block i would definitely suggest reading something (fiction is best).
Book that changed your life?
Oh, gosh, I read so much..... but honestly? Probably either The Flying Thieves (not trying to be a brownnoser or anything, I just loved that series so much and it taught me a lot); the Warriors series because it made me a lot of friends and reignited my love for drawing; or the book Jurassic Park because it made be obsessed with dinosaurs for most of my life.
Aw, that's so kind of you, thank you! It's always nice to hear your work has made an impact on someone. So, what is on your TBR list?
Oo, that’s a hard one because there’s a lot. Raptor Red by Robert Bakker, definitely, that’s one I just discovered but no library seems to have it; I’m always on the lookout for the next Wings of Fire book (I love dragons okay); and Mrs Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.
Any final thoughts?
Well I’m immensely grateful for you talking with me today, and I hope all the readers have something to say about my story, good or bad! Also, Nanowrimo is amazing and I would definitely suggest it to anyone struggling to get their story off the ground. Have an amazing day or night, and I wish good luck to all the other writers reading this! Your story is important, and never give up.
Thank you so much, Laura! It was great to talk to you! Everyone, I implore you to check out her Wattpad account and get to know her, she's definitely someone you'll want to know!
Laura's Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/LauraOfTheDepths