Tuesday, August 9, 2011

NOCTURNAL NIGHTS Two Minute Introduction

We're all busy writers, mothers, bosses, employees…well, you get the picture. There isn't enough time to GET TO KNOW everyone. But if you have two minutes, you'll meet a few authors and aspiring writers.

Today we'd like you to meet:

Name (the one you write under): Martha Ramirez

Two Second Bio (one or two lines):
Fiction writer and reviewer for Bookpleasures
YA Inspy Suspense.

and Website:

Published? :
Not traditionally. I have two children's books. (POD and self-pub).

Agent? :
No. Not yet.

A Few Things About You

Real Name or Pseudonym:
"Mart" Martha Ramirez

Currently Reading:
Lovely Bones

Next on Your Reading List:
City of Bones (How I got caught up in "bones" don't ask me. I have NO idea.)

Facebook or Twitter (include account name):
FB: Martha Ramirez https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1136456678
Twitter: MarthaJRamirez

Two authors (living or dead) you'd want to have dinner with:
Alyson Noel
Cherry Adair

Both authors are not just fabulous writers but genuine and good-hearted souls. I would love to have dinner with them. I'd have to invite James Scott Bell and Jessica Brody to our table too for the same reasons. Big party.

Jet-setter or armchair traveler:
Hmmm, probably armchair traveler. Especially after watching Celebrity Close Calls.

Tea or Coffee:

Words to live by:
"Rejections are often gifts of direction."
-- Paul Young

Your Writing

Writing music:

Disney HD—not by choice. Actually Jessica Brody turned me onto using a white noise track. It's pretty cool. I tend to use it only when writing though not editing.

Character Inspirations:

I first see the big picture. What is the conflict and how will my character react?
From there, they literally come alive on their own. I know some writers who base them on people they know, I don't think I've ever had that happen. Not yet. Not 100%. Maybe subconsciously little bits and pieces of personality traits from people I am close to. But no clones.

Plot Inspirations:

This one is a hard one because I find I am better at writing than brainstorming.
It seems I need to brainstorm with cps to really get the ball rolling. But inspiration is everywhere. Movies, people, songs. Just gotta keep your eyes open. Sometimes I get an aha moment, other times I don’t.

Setting Inspirations:

This one is fun. I try to choose something that is exciting but yet familiar in a way where readers will feel comfortable. 'Cause after all, we are taking them for a ride, might as well make it an unforgettable one.

Plotter (carefully plot books) or Pantser (write from the seat of your pants):

I used to be a straight up SOTP/Pantster. Still am in a way. Nothing is set in stone but I'll tell you one thing. I will NEVER start a book WITHOUT Blake Snyder's Save the Cat. If you are not familiar with STC, I Highly recommend you to familiarize yourself. Here is a blog post I've written on Save the Cat.
Once you go cat, you won't go back.



Ebony Dreams said...

This is a lovely idea. Nice to meet you Mart!

Casea Major said...

Great Two-minutes. Well worth the time to get to know you better, Mart. Even if you are a STC disciple. ;)) Hugs.

Jenna said...

Glad to meet you, finally, Mart. LOL Always nice to know more about the writer in you. :)

Daryl Devore said...

Great interview Mart.

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

Great interview Mart! Love Save the Cat!

Toni Kelly said...

Thanks for sharing, Mart. You're a jewel and we all appreciate the writing tips/tools you provide.

Sheri Fredricks said...

Mart turned me on to Save The Cat and it truely helped me to plot, outline, and write my manuscript in record time - which is under a year.

Thank you, Mart, for allowing me to put you under the microscope! You're a good sport.

Ambrielle Kirk said...

Great interview Mart! I'm a tea person too ;)

Ambrielle Kirk

Angie Cox said...

Great interview.

D'Ann said...

Nice interview, Mart. Sheri always has super Qs! And you had great answers!

Sheri Fredricks said...

Ah, shucks. *kicks the linoleum floor*

Zee Monodee said...

Loved getting to know you more, Mart! xoxo

Martha Ramirez said...

Sheri—Thank you sooo much for having me! And I am so glad STC has helped you as much as it helped me! Luv yaz.

Ebony-Nice to meet you!!
Thank you, Casea, Jenna, Daryl!
Thanks, Jennifer. Yay another STC fan!
Toni, what a sweet thing to say! Thank you!
Thank you Ambri, Angie!
D'ann—I love Sheri's questions. Thanks so much!

Zee—Loved sharing. XO back atcha

THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL YOUR lovely comments. Love you all XO.

Tabitha Blake said...

Great interview!

Duckie said...

great interview mart...gotta check out Save The Cat

Martha Ramirez said...

Thank you Tabitha and Duckie!

Dana Pratola said...

Martha! Loved the peek into your writer's mind ;-) Hope all is well.

Patricia Green said...

I've seen you day after day on FB, but never really got to know you. It's nice to get a better picture of the real Mart. Fun interview!

Brenda said...

Hey there, Mart. Nice to meet you...LOL, I know we know each other, but it is nice to get to know you better.

Martha Ramirez said...

Thank you Dana-Patricia-Brenda!

hotcha12 said...


Martha Ramirez said...

Two authors (living or dead) you'd want to have dinner with:

I just realized I did not add BLAKE SNYDER. Shame on me. Blake has GOT to be there.