When/Why Did You Become A Writer? – A Guest Post by James Ramsey

Andromeda Rising Tour BannerToday we are pleased to have James Ramsey visiting with us for a special guest post as part of the Andromeda Rising Virtual Book Tour! To see a full list of all the blogs participating, as well as to enter the giveaway associated with the tour, please visit HERE! =^.^=


When/Why did you become a writer?

Recently, I was asked when and why I became a writer. It’s funny because until that moment I hadn’t realized I was one. For me writing was a way to entertain myself. Being an only child, I grew up making my own fun and imagining playmates. Stories were made up and adventures acted out.

Books were a regular gift in my house. My grandpa owned a bookstore, and I can’t remember a time I wasn’t completely absorbed by a book. Occasionally I would write down my own, but most of the time they were just in my head or were left as fragments of stories never finished. When I got older, and had to try to support the book addiction Grandpa had created, I quickly realized my habit far outstripped my income. To compensate, I turned to the internet and discovered fanfiction.

It was a goldmine for someone like me. It also reignited my imagination. After about a year of lurking, I got up the courage to post my own story. Fanfiction sites gave me the opportunity to flex some long unused writing muscles. The overwhelmingly positive response and constructive criticism helped me find my own style and sense of pacing.

As fun as writing fanfiction was, I had my own story whispering in the back of my mind. The whispers turned to muttering and then shouting. Andromeda Rising soon started taking shape. It wasn’t something that came to me in a dream, fully formed and waiting to be typed out. It was a continually evolving world that expanded past my initial plot line and into a series.  The ideas and characters were just too big for one book.

I hope you enjoy my world and the characters that live there. Andromeda Rising is only the beginning of the journey.

About the Book

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Andromeda Rising

Celestial Series Book One

By James Ramsey

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal

Publisher: Independent

Release Date May 30, 2013

160 Pages




I should have been paying attention. Growing up on the run from religious fanatics gave me more than a few good reasons to be careful, but I was just too tired to be as vigilant as I should have been. My mind was occupied with my latest case—a missing nine year old girl. I was usually good at my job, but sometimes I needed a little extra help from magick. I always managed to track down a cheating spouse or the occasional runaway, but now it seemed more children were missing from the streets of Seattle and nothing I did worked.

A cat jumped on my shoulder and jerked me from my exhaustion induced stupor. I spun into a defensive crouch only to see the cat had landed on the sidewalk behind me.

Time seemed to stop for a moment when the cat spoke.


My name is Jocelyn Matthews and if I live through tonight, I’ll tell you all about my life as a witch.


For the past ten years, Jocelyn has been living as a closet witch in Seattle. When the Inquisitors that have been after her from the time she was nine finally manage to find her, Jocelyn is thrust into a world she never guessed existed. From talking cats to dark elves, she’ll have to do something she’s never done before: trust someone other than herself. If she wants to find the children that have been going missing all over the city, she’ll have to open her eyes to the bigger picture and find her place, not only for her safety but for the city as well.

About the Author:

James Ramsey - Author PictureOften accused of being lost in her own world, James spends most of her time at home with her husband and a menagerie of animals.

She blames her love of the written word entirely on her Grandfather who owned a bookstore, feeding her addiction regularly. Cutting her teeth on illustrated fairy tales she quickly moved on to Farley Mowatt and Lucy Maude Montgomery.

Proudly standing in line till after midnight for five of the seven Harry Potter books she was the only one there without a child.

Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, Anne Rice, Keri Arthur, Jean M. Auel, Dan Brown, Stephanie Laurens, Christopher Paolini, Stephenie Meyer, and Jane Austen represent just a fraction of the titles found in her personal library.

She is rarely found without a bag full of notebooks, iPods, and her Kindle.


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