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Hope Ramsay was born in New York and grew up on Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you'll find in Last Chance, South Carolina. She is a two-time Golden Heart finalist and is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Virginia where you can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar.

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Hope's Fun Facts

Hometown:
Great Neck, NY

Age:
61

GH Year(s)
2009 & 2010

Completed Manuscript(s)
Too many to count

Genre(s):
Romance and Fantasy

Started Writing:
In 2nd Grade

Day Job:
Consultant & Author

Blog Posts from Hope

Let’s Get those Manuscripts Ready

Next week, many romance writers will be convening in Orlando for RWA’s annual conference.  Authors will be pitching their work to editors and agents, and a lucky few will be asked to submit full or partial manuscripts. And that’s when the panic hits. It’s a wonderful feeling to have an agent or editor request your […]

Dictating Fiction

I love to knit, but knitting doesn’t love me. About a year ago, I developed something known as “knitter’s elbow,” which is basically the same kind of tendonitis one gets from playing too much tennis or golf. Unfortunately, elbow tendonitis makes it painful to spend hours using a keyboard or a mouse. What’s a writer […]

Archetypes and Storybeats Part IV: Three Act Structure

Over the last three weeks I’ve blogged about the nexus between certain well-recognized Archetypes and the story structures that go with them.  I’ve reviewed the Hero’s Journey, The Virgin’s Promise, and the Sinner’s Redemption.  There are, undoubtedly, many more story patterns that fit specific archetypes. But what if you’re writing a story about a protagonist […]

Archetypes and Storybeats Part III: The Sinner’s Redemption

Over the last two weeks, I’ve discussed the story beats that make up the Hero’s Journey and the Virgin’s Promise.  Today, I’m going to introduce some original work on an archetypal story structure that I call The Sinner’s Redemption. I don’t believe anyone has laid out the beat sheet for a redemption story, but I […]

Archetypes and Storybeats Part II: The Virgin’s Promise

In last week’s blog  I discussed the Hero’s journey and the nexus between certain character archetypes that are so well-recognized that they come ready-made with their own set of story beats.  The Hero’s Journey as interpreted by Chris Vogler in his book on screenwriting (The Writer’s Journey), has been so widely read that it’s often […]

Archetypes and Storybeats Part I: The Hero’s Journey

Part I in a four-part blog series on the connection between character archetype and story structure. The series will cover The Hero’s Journey, The Virgin’s Promise, The Sinner’s Redemption, and Three-Act story structure. Part I covers the Hero’s Journey

It’s Never Too Late to Learn Something New

I’ve been writing novels for a long time now. I can say that I’ve learned how to write a novel and I’ve learned how to meet a deadline. But I get stuck. I lose my way even though I have an outline. I have to rewrite. I struggle sometimes with imagery and just plain bad […]

Crafts for Authors: Making a Tote Bag

This is the first in a series of blogs I hope to write about crafts for authors.  This is not to be confused with writing craft, that’s an entirely different subject.  So take your hands off the keyboard — this blog is about sewing a tote bag. Author’s note:  the tote I’ve used as an […]

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