ATO- Jo Ramsey

Hey lovelies, we’ve got our next ATO (Author Takeover) set for today. 

Jo Ramsey’s done a fun interview for us today and is also offering up a giveaway! 1 PDF copy of her book Shoulder Pads and Flannel. In addition I will also by putting in an eCopy of Legendary!

Let the Takeover begin!

  • Do you work with an outline, or just write? AKA are you a plotter or pantser?

A little bit of both. I usually start with a short brainstorm of who the characters are and where I think the story will go, but then I just start writing and see what happens. Sometimes the characters cooperate with the brainstorm, sometimes not. And it’s fun to find out!

  • Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

The character of Evan Granger in my Deep Secrets and Hope series was inspired by my 18-year-old daughter’s best friend, a boy who used to come to our house and tried on some of my daughter’s clothes and my high heeled shoes. And he wore nail polish from time to time.

  • Tell us about a unique or quirky writing habit of yours.

I have conversations with my characters while I’m writing, and occasionally get into arguments with them about the plot. I don’t know how unique that is, though.

  • Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’ve always made up stories, as far back as I can remember. Before I learned how to write, I told the stories to my dolls and stuffed animals. In kindergarten, I started writing them down.

  • List five adjectives to describe yourself.

Humorous, intelligent, random, unusual, fun

  • If I wasn’t afraid I would _________ (What?)

Send queries to every agent I can find that represents young adult or new adult fiction, until one accepts me.


Book Blurb:     

High school football star Guillermo Garcia can count himself among the popular kids—for now. Although he secretly dates Evan Granger, who is openly gay and badly bullied for it, Guillermo doesn’t dare let his teammates, classmates, or close-knit family learn about his sexuality.

But Guillermo witnessed an attack on Evan, and now the school bullies plan to out Guillermo in retaliation. In their small town, word spreads rapidly, so Guillermo must make a quick choice—come out now on his own or risk having someone else do it for him.

Author Bio:

Jo Ramsey is a firm believer that everyone has the power to be a hero in their own lives and the lives of others. Whether someone has been bullied or abused, or insulted, or is just afraid they aren’t strong enough, Jo believes they can do great things if they just find the strength inside them. Her books include characters who do exactly that.

Jo is a former special education teacher who now writes full time and does occasional visits to schools and libraries. She lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters, her husband, and three cats, one of whom thinks she’s a paperweight. Find her here: and

So what did you all think? Sounds good to me! Be sure the rafflecopter below for a chance to win Shoulder Pads and Flannel or Legendary!

See ya next week lovelies!

<3 always LH
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4 Comments  to  ATO- Jo Ramsey

  1. Sounds like a great book, Jo!

  2. dotti4 says:

    Jo, I’ve never seen what you looked like. You’re adorable! I love the titles of these books.

  3. fun interview! And what a cute blog– I’ll be back. 🙂