An Interview with Author Leonardo Ramirez

An Interview with Author Leonardo Ramirez

What would you like us to know about your book?

The Orb of Terra is the 3rd book in a Steampunk kids series. It started out as an easy reader for Middle Grade but as the series has developed, it’s become more involved not just in the aspects of world building but in manner of prose itself. The series has the characteristics of a space opera along the lines of the old 1950s Flash Gordon serials. And while there are the fun parts of what everyone enjoys in a space opera such as space battles, robots and “Doomslayers”, there is also a relatable human element which comes from my past. I grew up in a single-parent family where we were very poor. So naturally, there are emotional obstacles that I had to deal with growing up in those circumstances. But as things are with all of my books, it’s not your circumstances that dictate your character. It’s your choices.

What inspires you to write?

I think that there are two parts to this answer. The first one being the one I likely share with most other writers and that this the daydreamer. I see movies in my mind that I would like to see and that’s what transfers on to paper. The other element is a deeper one. That is the part of me that yearns to identify with others on issues they’ve had to face and together, navigate through them. There is a healing that can be found on the other side. It’s a healing that voices the want for everyone to be whole and perhaps have learned something through that trial. We tend to despise the hardships of life but there’s a lesson to be learned through them. And as long as we’re alive, we never stop learning.

Who are your favorite authors?

Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land sticks out to me. Being born and raised in the states while having Hispanic origins, I’ve always felt caught between two worlds that can’t seem to reconcile or appreciate the other. And yes, there are two sides. I also grew up reading some Shakespeare.

What advice would you offer young writers?

Write, write, write! Don’t write your first novel and assume that this is your best work and stop there. Writing is a craft that you will never perfect. But that doesn’t mean you don’t stop trying. Next I would say, don’t give up. I have a drawer full of rejection letters from various agents and publishers. At the end of the file is my first acceptance letter from a publisher in the U.K. I recently shared this with my daughter as an encouragement to never give up on her dreams because your dreams are not decided by anyone but you.

What are you reading and writing now?

I’ve already started on book four of the series which has the tentative title, The Last Wordsmith. This is where Callie grows through her “Chrysalis” and her power manifests in a bit of time-bending. Again…choices.  I’m currently reading Moby Dick. I’ve been feeling for a while now that although I enjoyed Shakespeare growing up (yes, I was strange that way), I’m not as well-versed in the classics as I’d like to be so I’ve taken on the white whale.

What are the major themes you want us to know about your book (and work, in general)?

As I alluded to before, life is a matter of choices. We lash out in anger at comments that have no value in our lives and say things that have a lasting impact before thinking. This is more so when we’re going through a trial. What path you take when you come out on the other side can have life-long ramifications. Don’t let anger take over. Don’t allow a harsh word to take root in your heart and grow beyond your control. Aside from this, I love lots of action. All of my work is action-oriented even if there are heavy themes involved.

Where can we find more information about your work and purchase your book?

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