Friday, November 1, 2013

A Little Chat with Ramz Artso

Hello Ramz Artso! Thank you so much for stopping by and agreeing to answer a few questions for your readers and the readers of The Schwartz Reviews. I’m sure both will greatly appreciate the time you spend here. Let’s jump in, shall we?
My first question to authors is always the same, when did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
Hi, Mrs. Schwartz, and thank you very much for having me. To answer your question, as far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to create fictional worlds and tell stories. My initial plan was to become a filmmaker, but that didn’t work out too well. That being the case, at the age of fifteen, I decided I could weave tales through writing.
You do seem to have a talent for telling a fast paced story with the ability of hooking readers. Your novel was a quick and great read earning five stars on The Schwartz Reviews. How does it feel to know that your book is gaining such great reviews?
First and foremost, thank you. Truth be told, it feels fantastic, almost as if someone’s pouring honey over your soul. It could also be likened to receiving a great compliment, one that isn’t contrived and that you hoped to receive.
What genre of books do you generally write?
Young-adult and New adult fantasy with as much romance as possible. That said, some of my books, like the Peter Simmons Series, for instance, aren’t romantic at all, although they are still in the YA/NA genre. Speaking of genres, I do plan to write some dinosaur, zombie and horror books later on in my career, as doing so seems a delightful prospect.
I am a huge fan of many genres so I can appreciate a writer who likes to branch out to cover more than one genre. I would love to see your new works, your writing style does have a way of sucking in a reader thoroughly. Do you see yourself continuing with the faster paced novels?
Thank you, it’s nice to hear, as that’s the effect I strive to achieve. I most definitely do plan to write more fast-paced books, as well as thicker, longer ones. The reason being that I understand there are people who prefer big, hefty books and others who have a short attention span.
How do you develop your characters and keep them unique from one another?
Some of my characters come into being entirely by themselves, and I simply censor them every now and then; make sure they stay within the boundaries of what they stand for. Other characters are outlined, given one particular or several different traits/weaknesses and thrown into action to see how they do. I also assign specific habits or words to my protagonists. Take Michael Fleming as an example. Although he is British, he often refers to his conversers as ‘friend’.
It works well giving them all character and making them believable. How long does it generally take for you to write a novel?
Thank you. It can take me anywhere from two weeks to two years to type up a story. I can’t write something unless it feels right, and more often than not, it takes time for that to happen. I then go on to read the book twice or thrice, so as to revise and edit it here and there.
Even reading your shorter work, I could tell that a lot of time went into it. I found it extremely well written. Where do you get your inspiration?
I am easily influenced by creative types, so inspiration comes without much difficulty to me. For example, the whole Peter Simmons series was inspired by Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’.  And if I run out of ideas, I just read, play videogames, watch movies, cartoons and then sit down and meditate on how it could help my writing.
Those are some great ways to beat writers block, I am glad that you have shared those ideas within the guest post. Would you mind sharing what is the single most helpful thing to you as an author?
Definitely the internet, as research is an extremely important aspect in creative writing. I don’t need to buy a ticket and live in Oslo, for instance, if I want to write about Norway. I can just Google the city, read about its history and people’s personal experiences they’ve managed to accumulate during their stay there to get a picture of what it’s like.
The internet definitely makes a lot of things easier. That being said, when can we anticipate the release of your next work?
I’m currently writing a vampire romance story entitled Immortal Blood, and it should be out fairly soon – in two/three weeks.
I do love me a good vampire story. Vampires are extremely popular nowadays so I’m sure it will be another great success. May I ask why you choose to write?
Thank you, I certainly hope my readers will appreciate the story, as keeping them entertained is my primary goal. I write because I feel the need to express myself and be heard. I’ve an overactive imagination, so I always have something to talk and write about. For me, writing is a cathartic experience. Writing is what I do. I live for the process, I breathe it.
Sounds like me with reading. Who has influenced your writing and how?
Stephen King has definitely had an effect on me and my writing. He taught me to be more simplistic in prose and not overly descriptive.
Both good ideas that I’m sure your readers appreciate. Where did you get the idea to write “Victoria Carnahan and the Red Cloaks” a book of yours previously reviewed by The Schwartz Reviews?
Thank you, I do hope so. The idea of Victoria Carnahan and the Red Cloaks was partly inspired by the Harry Potter books and mainly by the numerous vampire stories I’ve had the privilege to read throughout my life. I remember thinking to myself: wouldn’t it be cool if vampires met wands?

I thought that it did mix well together and was different enough to be truly enjoyed as its own work. Any last words to your readers?
I’d like to take this wonderful opportunity and thank everyone for reading. Your opinion means the world to me, guys. If I’ve managed to make your day a little better through my writing, that is wonderful and my day is made. If I did the exact opposite, I’m terribly sorry to disappoint. I’ve got many more books in the works, though, so you’re bound to like at least one sooner or later.
Where can your readers find you?

I can be found on Twitter, here’s my handle: @RamzArtso.
Also, I have a Facebook page, here’s the link:
And last but definitely not least, you can always contact me on my personal blog:
And last but definitely not least, you can always contact me on my personal blog:

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