Author Spotlight- DECEMBER 26, 2017- Posted by historythrutheages

Today I’m happy to welcome author Joan Ramirez for an author spotlight.

— What is your writing process?
I strongly believe in outlines. This book, which I’m now crafting, will be a labor of love. My uncle, a WWII medal winning medic, left me his memorabilia. With all of the historical facts to sort through, I have composed a detailed outline, noting significant dates regarding Italian Front. He was meticulous in his correspondence, which makes my task a lot easier. However, I still have to do a lot of research regarding the war facts.

— Tell us about the book.

I’m hoping to turn it into a series as my uncle’s life was filled with meaty characters. As I write, sometimes I cry because I worshiped my uncle, a man for all seasons, beloved by all. I choose my character’s names by their personalities.

–Do you have some advice for a beginning author?

Learn the craft, read, read, and read in your genre, and when you’ve finished the book, edit by reading out loud to hear how the dialogue sounds. Is it accurately representing your characters?

— What genre(s) do you write in and why?

I write in suspense with touches of romance because I find it challenging and exciting.

— What is your favorite part of writing?

My favorite part of writing is the editing. It gives me an opportunity to stop and think and rephrase and mold and shape my book much as I’m doing with my photography portfolio. This is the creative part for me.

— How has being published changed your life?

Being published (I’ve done three nonfiction and my first contemporary romance) has made me realize how much I love books. I have many stories to tell. As I grow in my writing process, I’ve learned to more patient with myself. Nothing good comes of rushing creativity.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Willie’s Test

In my World War II historical romantic suspense as war rages on the Italian Front, medic/pharmacist Willie C works to save his Army buddy’s leg but can’t save another soldier, Saul, from limping. To show his gratitude, Mario F invites Willie to spend his three-day leave with his relatives. One look at Mario’s younger sister, and Willie knows he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. At war’s end, the young lovers vow to find a way to be together as Saul seeks revenge on Will.

INSPIRING SETTINGS FOR SUSPENSEFUL NOVELS by Joan Ramirez, author/photographer

An adventure, a step back in time, and an experience of a lifetime. These are the phrases that best describe a visit to Petra. This former center of trade, a royal jewel in the country of Jordan, has defied age.
As my horse-drawn carriage navigated through the Siq, a narrow gorge that leads visitors into Petra, my guide made me close my eyes.
When I opened them, his first words were, “BEHOLD, history awaits.”
I’ve circled the globe, but this view, even from a distance, of Al Khazna, the Treasury, is spectacular. Crowned by a funerary urn, local legend has it that a pharaoh’s treasure sits inside of its belly. I’d watched the Raiders movie featuring the fearless Indiana Jones, but to be up close and personal was incredible. Almost 40 meters high and adorned with Corinthian capitals, friezes, and figures, I closed my eyes once more and stepped into Indiana’s shoes to take his place on my own literary adventure.
From the Royal Tombs to the Governor’s Palace (shown above), the city is a feast for the eyes.
Petra has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1985, but windblown sand and growing salt crystals are a threat to precious monuments.
In fact, during an event held on July 7, 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal, Petra was designated one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
If I had available funds, I’d provide them in a heartbeat to preserve structures steeped in a country rich in history. In Petra nature, culture, and archaeology/geology blend together to form a magnificent whole.
While plot and character have a major role in all novels, setting is often the muse that fires our imagination.
I have circled the globe. It is my pleasure to launch the first in a series of travel photos and articles.  These photos and those to follow are for sale.  For further details contact me via the email on my web site at:
joansbookshelf.com or at writerjr1044@gmail.com