Welcome to Rex Robot Reviews, Ramona!
1. Hi, Ramona, thank you for visiting! We're so excited to have you here. Can you tell us a little bit about your new release Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale?
Thank you for having me, I'm very happy to be here too. Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale is the story of an outsider, a high school girl whom everyone avoids because of her ability to see into people's minds simply by touching them. I've always been very sensitive to the social issue of kids being ostracized by their fellow students. I'm fiercely against picking on the weak. So I took this concept and dramatized it,by making it impossible for my character to actually touch people, which of course made it extremely hard for her to relate to anyone. No touch means no friends, no boyfriends, no normal relationships. I backed her into a corner and then followed her every step as she slowly dug herself out. She messes up a lot but she also grows stronger and wiser in the process. She discovers love, unravels the mystery of her past, and comes out the other side a different girl, one who no longer yearns for general acceptance because she understands that, ultimately, it's only one individual whose acceptance matters. The trick is finding and connecting with that person.
The cover art for Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale is absolutely adorable! Did you have any influence on the cover?
Thanks, I was going for adorable. Yes, I was heavily involved in creating the cover. I love La vie en rose, the song by Édith Piaf, and I was inspired by it while working on the cover. I thought it sent a great message: being different doesn't automatically mean that one's life can't be "en rose" (French for "in pink", and just another way of saying "wonderful", "great", "perfect").
What bands would you choose to be on the soundtrack for Hex?
Tough question, because there are so many great bands out there, and it's impossible to settle on just some. But I'll say that, while working on Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale, I listened to Kings of Leon, Snow Patrol, Linkin Park, Muse, The All-American Rejects and Jimmy Eat World - to name only a few.
Can you tell us a little bit about your world building and writing process?
I start off knowing how long I want the book to be. I'll have a rough outline, but I won?t always stick to it. I spend a couple months just getting to know my characters, writing random pieces of dialogue and little stories from their past, which I hardly ever use in the actual book. I need to be intimately acquainted with their thoughts, fears, dreams before I can actually start writing the book. I write fast, usually I?m done in six to eight weeks, but then I spend a few months editing. It's a fun process.
Were any of your characters inspired by relationships or people you know?
Of course. A story will always work better when is based on actual experience. My "bad boy" was inspired by someone I once knew. I wasn't particularly popular in school, so there is a little bit of myself in Lily, too.
What is one scene from Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale that you absolutely love and could *never* cut?
I love the last chapter. A book is like a piece of music that builds up slowly, starting with chimes, flutes and guitars, and climaxing in that one epic moment when you can hear everything - the brass, percussion, strings, keyboards- and you get goosebumps all over your skin. That's the last chapter to me.
Any other releases or works in progress that you're excited about?
I'm in the process of getting to know my characters for a new story. But I'm not there yet. I expect I'll have a new book ready by fall. And, yes, as always, I'm very excited about it.
Thank you so much for taking the time for us today, Ramona!
Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale
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Ends February 28, 2011 at 8PM EST
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