Ramona K. Cecil is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance poet, and award-winning inspirational romance writer. First published in poetry, she’s had ninety inspirational verses published on gift items sold by Dicksons, Inc., a leader in the Christian gift market. Her other publishing credits include five inspirational historical romance novels and two novellas.
Ramona lives in southern Indiana with her husband, Jim. When not writing, she enjoys reading, gardening, and visiting places of historical interest.
I met Ramona on online, but had the privilege of meeting her at conference this year. So I am super excited about her being on my blog this week. Ramona is giving away a choice of her new Christmas book or a set of Christmas cookie cutters. Leave a comment to be entered.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m in our spare bedroom, which I use as my office. Yes, this is where all my stories happen. And maybe that’s why the room looks like a tornado has happened to it. I’m wearing my favorite raggedy sea-green T shirt top, black sweat pants, and fuzzy magenta slipper socks. At least I’m colorful. :o)
If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
Elnora in A Girl of the Limberlost. First, I loved the story—one of my favorites by Hoosier author Gene Stratton Porter. I loved Elnora’s determination to realize her dream of attending college despite her poverty and an unloving mother as well as her capacity for forgiveness. I also like how Porter used the story to showcase the natural beauty of my state, Indiana,
What is something that very few people know about you?
I was a tomboy as a child and loved to climb trees. I grew up during the time when TV Westerns were all the rage and I knew all the shows’ theme songs by heart and could out-draw my younger brother in pretend “High Noon” type gunfights.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
A necklace that belonged to my great-grandmother. It’s gold filigree with one tiny ruby and one tiny pearl.
If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why?
I honestly think I’m happiest living in the time I’m living in now, though I’d love the chance to travel back in time for short visits.
If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why?
I’d visit Northern Ireland, Wales, and Germany to experience the places where my ancestors lived.
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
I’d love to meet my dad’s mom, my Grandma Jolly. She died when I was two and I never got to know her.
What is the hardest part in writing a story?
Writing that very first line. I agonize over what will be the best first sentence to catch the reader’s interest.
What is the funniest/strangest/or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
Oh my, I don’t know where to start, but what comes to mind is something I learned while researching a whaling novella. I learned about a substance called ambergris, which is occasionally found in the digestive system of sperm whales and was historically used in the making of perfume.
If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Dreamer by Birth, Author by God’s Grace.
Christmas is a simple matter among the Quakers of the historic Ohio River Valley, and a time to welcome love into four households. Mary’s family offers hospitality to a weary traveler, but can they bring light to his hurting soul? Lucinda struggles with faith after her husband’s death. Will knows he should have been the one killed. Can Lucinda and Will rediscover joy and love this Christmas season? Keturah loves God and her Quaker family. Yet the adventure of the river beckons.When two very different brothers vie for her affection, which will win her heart? Newlywed Susanna Griffith faces Christmas alone when her husband is imprisoned for his involvement in the Underground Railroad. Then a pregnant runaway slave’s arrival tests Susanna’s courage as well as her commitment to her husband’s cause.
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