Author Interview & Giveaway w/ Ramona Wray

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ramona Wray is a Romanian-born author now living in Plymouth with her husband and young son. Her third book in English, Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale was released on February 1, 2011 and combines a classic fantasy premise with twists of past lives, hexes, and the power to create one's own destiny. 

Self-published in English, which is not her native language, if I might add, Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale is thoroughly fun and refreshing. To view my review, click HERE. So, without further ado, onto the interview!

1. Describe Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale in five words or less, please!

Well, that's easy - pink, pink, and pink :) Or - fun, surprising, easy read.

2. Who is (are) your favourite authors, and why?

Ooh, tough question. Jane Austen, because she's so subtle, and funny, and - well - Jane Austen. Annette Curtis Clause, because her novels have amazing depth. Jenny Downham, because Before I Die was like nothing I ever read before. Holly Black, because she is such an innovative writer. Sarah Rees Brennan because she's unique. Cassandra Clare because she writes so elegantly.

3. Do you model your characters' personalities after real-life people?

I'm often inspired by real-life people, but my characters are purely fictional. They live in my head only.

4. Where do you draw your information from?

Different sources. I'm a meticulous observer and I always watch people (though not in a creepy way :). But the way they act, the way they handle emotion, and so on. I was raised by my grandparents so I grew up listening to all kind of myths and legends. After I left Romania, I lived in many different places and everywhere I went I did some degree of research into the local folklore. I carry around a bag of stories that grows a bit heavier every year.

5. What is the first song that comes to mind when you think "Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale"?

Snow Patrol ft. Martha Wainwright "Set The Fire To The Third Bar". To me, that song is perfect to describe the relationship between my main characters. A duet, but one in which, each voice carries quite distinctly on its own.

6. If your readers could come away from your book with one message, what would you hope that message to be?

That even the most peculiar of us can be happy.

7. Is there anything else you'd like to tell your readers?

Thank you so much for buying my book and for sending me your thoughts on it. Most of all, thank you for reading it.


And now, onto the giveaway! Ramona has generously offered TWO copies of her novel, Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale to my readers. To enter, please follow the link below to fill out the form. The Rules: This giveaway is US ONLY, and the giveaway ends at precisely at midnight EST on February 27th. You do NOT have to be a follower to enter, but it's greatly appreciated! I will notify winners by email the following day.

To enter, click HERE


  1. Ramona recently stopped by my blog too, but it's always nice finding out more, since we ask different questions. Thanks for the interview, ladies!

  2. Great interview! I just entered a contest on good reads to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Great interview! I love that Snow Patrol song and am always curious what songs authors would put on their soundtrack for their books!

  4. I recently came across Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale on Goodreads. It sounds like a fun novel! I love the author's song choice. Snow Patrol is a favourite of mine.

  5. Fun interview and I love the message Ramona has for those who read the book. I'll be checking out your review now :)

  6. Just added this book to my TBR list yesterday! I love the pink, pink, pink answer!

  7. You are so good at asking read cool questions and I loved Ramona's answers.

  8. Great interview! I have added the book to my TBR pile RIGHT NOW!

  9. Great interview! I am really looking forward to reading this. :)

  10. Fun interview Melissa and Ramona! Love the message she wants readers to walk away with:) Based on your review below, this is one not to be missed so thank you for the giveaway!


  11. Who doesn't love pink! Sounds like a fun read!

  12. That even the most peculiar of us can be happy.

    Love that! :)

  13. Aw, Hex sounds adorable! I'm definitely going to check out that Snow Patrol song, now. :)
    Thanks for the interview!

  14. Fun interview! I'm a huge fan of pink and non-creepy people watching.

  15. This author's book looks so cute and Ramona likes Holly Black and Cassandra Clare:)<----I LOVE Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Thanks for the interview!

  16. Cute interview! I'm not a fan of pink, lol, but I AM a fan of Jane Austen. And, woah, deja vu, I remember hearing that song before but can't remember where... if it's like the song though, it must be one intense relationship. Love the song. <33

  17. Great interview! I love AKC's book Blood and Chocolate.
    (not an entry)

  18. Wonderful! Thanks so much for the giveaway too!

    Oh and thanks for... "That even the most peculiar of us can be happy." Makes this peculiar person happy! ;D

  19. If "Set Fire to the Third Bar" is perfect for the three main characters, then I MUST read this book. That song is incredible. Wonderful interview too! Local folklore can always be so interesting and I can only imagine how heavy Ramona's bag is not getting.

    Thanks for stopping by for the interview and for the great giveaway :D

  20. "Even the most peculiar of us can be happy" - love that! :) Great interview! Now I'm anxious to read this.

  21. Cute, fun book that is quick to read.


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