Studioenp: Pepsi or Coke—or something else?
Ruth Ramsey: Coca Cola, definitely. Back in the eighties, they introduced the new Coke. It tasted like Pepsi. I went into mourning until they brought the classic stuff back.
Studioenp: Used to be our go-to drink, too. Especially on a hot day. Can’t beat the bubble burn! Which season do you like best and why?
Ruth Ramsey: I like fall. I love all the fall colors, and the first, crisp bite of cool air after a long hot summer.
Studioenp: Exactly the same here! Really can’t beat that first brisk change in the air. Smells clean, doesn’t it? What’s your fondest childhood memory?
Ruth Ramsey: Time spent with my grandma, who encouraged me to write and draw and who was my biggest fan.
Studioenp: Aww, grandmas—they’re so great, aren’t they? Do you have a best friend? Let’s be really nosey: who is it?
Ruth Ramsey: I have been blessed to have several “best friends” over the years. Our friendships have spanned decades. One of them is in Heaven now. Her name was Patty, and we were friends for almost thirty-seven years. She was a foster mother for twenty of those and cared for over two hundred children. I have several other friends who are close to me. One is a sister-friend, Shirley. My newest close friend is author Caroline Giammanco, who has encouraged me as I entered the writing world. I think we may have the longest Messenger thread in the history of the world.
Studioenp: Hahaha @ the Messenger thread, but so sorry about your friend in Heaven. Thank goodness for fond memories. And all those children! Wow. Do you have any quirks?
Ruth Ramsey: I’ve always marched to my own drum, even when I stumble. I do have a quirky sense of humor.
Studioenp: A great way to be. Post-It notes or notebook?
Ruth Ramsey: Both. I love Post-Its. I’m a teacher and I use them for everything from notes to bookmarks; however, there is just something about a new notebook…
Studioenp: Yes! That first fresh page. Dare we call it beautiful? What do you do to relax?
Ruth Ramsey: I read, play silly Facebook games, talk to friends, talk to my Yorkies, and sleep. If I’m feeling creative, I draw or crochet.
Studioenp: LOL @ silly Facebook games. Been there, done that…still do it. Perfect three-course meal?
Ruth Ramsey: Anything that is tasty, fattening, and filling.
Studioenp: Yes! What type of music do you enjoy?
Ruth Ramsey: I enjoy a range of music from classical to country to Celtic. I also like music from the sixties.
Studioenp: Em used to listen to a lot of sixties in her early twenties. Reminded her of childhood and family parties. Do you dance like no one’s watching?
Ruth Ramsey: I have three left feet (ask my theater buddies), but I do dance on occasion and I don’t care if anyone is watching.
Studioenp: Hooray! That’s the way to be. Glad you enjoy a bit of a jig. Sadly, we’ve come to the end of our chat, but it’s been great having you here, and we wish you well for the future.
Dear readers, we are gathered here today to marvel at the excerpt from Candle of Dreams. As usual, the goodies are over there on the table. Tea, coffee, and for a super treat, hot chocolate. Along with that, have a feast of virtual cinnamon buns and cherry-topped muffins with loads of icing. You’re welcome.