Derrick Ferguson: Who Is Jaime E. Ramos?
Jaime E. Ramos: I am a writer who lives in St. Louis MO. I was raised on the bad streets of Gary Indiana and graduated Calumet High School. I am a happily married man with one son, named Thomas. I love dogs and writing and reading and watching football. I am a lifelong Chicago Bears fan.
DF: Where do you live and what do you tell the IRS you do for a living?
JER: I am a Claims Adjuster.
DF: Give us some of your background info, if you please.
JER: Let’s see. I graduated High School and immediately attended Indiana Boys State which is a competition sponsored by the American Legion. I was nominated to be a County Commissioner in the competition. I tried college a couple of times and found it to be not my cup of tea. I have worked blue-collar jobs like factory work and restaurants. I have worked in the insurance claims field for the last fifteen years, proving that a college education isn’t really needed, at least I didn’t need one to become successful. I have a successful marriage to my wife Phyllis. Phyllis is the one person that can handle my many personality flaws and I appreciate that greatly.
DF: How long have you been writing?
JER: I have been writing since the age of six.
DF: Do you enjoy writing?
JER: I enjoy writing now that I have had a small tastes of being published. Lingering in obscurity is not fun and I never write just because I am bored or whatever. I write with a purpose.
DF: What writers have influenced you?
JER: Great question. Roger Zelazny, Ernest Hemmingway, Robert Shea, James Clavell, William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the great David Michelinie.
DF: Do you write for yourself or for the readers?
JER: I have never written anything for myself. I’m not really sure exactly what that means. I write with a purpose to tell stories that others can read.
DF: What audience are you trying to reach with your work? Is there an audience for Jaime E. Ramos?
JER: I would like the whole world, the entire planet to read my work.
DF: How did you get involved with New Pulp?
JER: I gravitated to New Pulp while doing research for a prose super-hero story that I had written. I was looking for a publisher and discovered Pro Se Productions. I found my home in this genre and made real sound business and creative connections. New Pulp also kicks my creativity into over-drive.
DF: Do you think that New Pulp has the potential to be The Next Big Thing? (Whatever that means)
JER: I think Pulp being the precursor to comic book characters and other genre fiction has always been a viable universe for Hollywood and publishing houses. As New Pulp evolves there is always a chance that new fans and creators discover the genre.
DF: Where do you see New Pulp being five years from now? And do you see yourself as still being an active, vital element of New Pulp?
JER: I think that many New Pulp publishers will discover new writers with diverse characters and settings. I think the Movement will gain steam and broaden as a genre.
DF: Tell us about your involvement in LEGENDS OF NEW PULP.
JER: Well I had gotten an email from Tommy Hancock and discovered how ill he was. I wanted to help him in some small way. So I sent out a few messages to other writers (you included) and asked if a benefit anthology with the proceeds going to Tommy or his family would be in line. The answer as a resounding YES. I knew that I wasn’t a “publisher” per say, and I would need help putting the book together. I contacted Ron Fortier at Airship 27 and he loved the idea. Ron really took the lead and put it together, I proofed roughly half of the stories.
DF: How do you feel about the runaway success of that book?
JER: I am ecstatic that the book has been a success. So far the book has won some awards and I am proud of the creators. I am also very proud that Tommy has benefitted from the proceeds. It’s great to see a community come together.
DF: Tell us about SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS.
JER: This book has been in the making for three years. It is a “shared world” setting, in which each author’s characters share the same space and environment. After a technological singularity has plunged the world into war and darkness, a small city is built from the ashes. After a self-appointed monarch rises to control the inhabitants, super heroes are called upon to fight for the citizens. I created this really complex history for the world, but the stories are relatable and the characters are solid.
DF: David Michelinie is one of my favorite comic book writers. I loved his work on “Iron Man” and he created the World War II hero Gravedigger, one of the best African-American characters in comics. How’d you persuade him to join this project?
JER: I became friends with David on Facebook after sending him a fan-message. David graciously answered fan questions from me and we eased into a very cool “internet friendship.” When I came up with the concept of Singularity, David agreed to look at my concept, but didn’t commit until I actually sold the idea to a publisher. I pitched the idea and within a week a publisher committed to the project. David was then forced to service and created an amazing character called the Righteous Red. His story for the project is stellar!
DF: Will there be more books to come?
JER: I think so. I have been in talks with my publisher at Pro Se Productions and we are looking at sales. Sales generates sequels so if the sales are strong, I hope their will be more books. My goal is to create a brand and I have worked hard to put it together. I am ambitious and relentless.
DF: Which is tougher, writing or editing?
JER: I think editing is more difficult. I enjoy reading the stories that people write, but I don’t enjoy being the “heavy.” Editing is really not in my wheel-house, but I have learned to do the best I can and keep it positive. I let the writers know that I am in their corner and they seem to respond to me.
DF: What is a typical Day In The Life of Jamie E. Ramos like?
JER: I get up early and head to work down in the city of St. Louis at 8 AM. My office is just a few blocks from Busch stadium. I work on claim files until 430 PM and then I head home. After getting home, I visit with my wife and son and my dogs Coco and Chewie. After dinner, I try working on Facebook and writing stories that I am committed too. I try to take in either Game of Thrones or Ancient Aliens before turning in for the night.
Derrick Ferguson: Anything else you want to add?
Jaime E. Ramos: I appreciate the opportunity to be interviewed by you, sir. I hope that Singularity becomes a great success and watch for announcements for my next solo novel “Cash Rawlins and the Infernal Eye.”