Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born and raised in New York City. While I've been fortunate enough to travel the world, I will always consider New York City my home.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
My most recent book is a middle grade novella titled The Realm of the Lost. The Realm of the Lost is about what happens when we die before our time. Kathleen "Kat" Gallagher finds herself in The Realm after she suffers an unfortunate accident.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
At the moment I am working on a new book for young readers. It will not be part of a series. The Realm of the Lost, however, will have a sequel. Please stay tuned.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
I was fifteen when I decided I wanted to be a professional writer. At eleven I read Lois Lowry's The Giver. That particular novel had a profound impact on my relationship with literature. The Giver sparked my interest in reading, but it wasn't until a few years later that I considered becoming a writer. I wrote mostly poetry from fifteen to twenty. At twenty-one I wrote my first short story. I've been writing fiction ever since.
How did you come up with the title and cover design?
I have a woman named Kaytalin Platt to thank for The Realm of the Lost's cover. She is one of MuseItUp Publishing's talented cover artists. The title comes from a line in Italian poet Dante's Divine Comedy. When Dante travels to Hell, in the epic poem, he sees an inscription on the gate that warns,
"Through me the way to the infernal city:
Through me the way to eternal sadness:
Through me the way to the lost people."
I got the title from that last line.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
I would love to meet Muriel Barbery, author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I haven't a clue what I would say to her. I think I'd let her do all the talking.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I find that both ebooks and physical books have their place. When it comes to more scholarly works, I tend to prefer physical copies. Using a glossary can be challenging with electronic books. I also tend to prefer physical copies when reading longer novels. I do, nevertheless, enjoy reading novellas and shorter novels on my kindle.
Are you a self published (Indie) Author?
The Realm of the Lost is a traditionally published novella. It was published this September by MuseItUp Publishing.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I am currently rereading Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court on my kindle. It is one of the wittiest novels I have ever read. In fact, I have a rule that I cannot read in public because I embarrass myself laughing out loud.
One of your favorite quotes -
"Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."
-Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland And Through The Looking Glass
Realm of the Lost by Emma Eden Ramos (Novella)
Thirteen-year-old Kathleen "Kat" Gallagher has had it with her family. The eldest of three children, Kat feels trapped ever since her parents’ separated and she has had to take on more responsibility than she feels prepared for. Everything changes on a frigid morning in mid-December when an accident propels Kat into unfamiliar territory.
Stuck in the place where people go when they have died before their time, Kat must face obstacles she could never have imagined.
With the help of other young inhabitants of the Realm of the Lost, Kat learns the true meaning of friendship and family.
Praise for The Realm of the Lost
"Who would have thought that in that few pages one can make a magical, wonderful and well-written story?... I recommend this book. Most especially to children out there!"
"What a truly magnificent and unique plot and concept! Where do you go when you pass away too young? Emma Ramos has created a truly facinating and absorbing novella that leaves the reader pondering this question- characters and plot devices are spot on- fast moving and deeply moving, THE REALM OF THE LOST comes very highly recommended!"
"...Ramos offers the right balance of plot and description...allowing the suspense and tension to build to the twist."