FHS graduate publishes her first book
Rachel Ramey always loved reading and writing. She kept a journal and wrote poetry. She even had something published in Reader’s Digest when she was a student at Farmington High School. They sent her $5.
Until recently, that was the extent of her professional writing career. But now Ramey, who graduated from FHS in 1995, is a published author. Her first book, a short novel called Suddenly, is available now through Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. The book is the first in a series, and Ramey already has the second and third installments planned out.
The idea for Suddenly was born from frequent trips to Half Price Books. Ramey saw books marketed to teens that focused on vampires and werewolves and all manner of supernatural creatures. Everything, it seemed, brought in elements of the fantastical. So, Ramey started thinking about a book that dealt more with the everyday life of a teenager.
The story she came up with focuses on Ginger, a 14-year-old ninth grader in Texas, where Ramey now lives. As the book begins, there is a mysterious event that sends students and teachers into a panic.
It turns out, an asteroid has struck the earth in India. And while there is no immediate effect in Ginger’s home town, the entire world is changed in significant ways. The story focuses on Ginger’s day-to-day life and problems, but those bigger changes are always there in the background.
The book is only 88 pages, which Ramey said was intentional. She wanted something manageable, and something that would appeal even to kids who don’t read a lot.
“I wanted to create something an average kid could pick up and read,” she said. “They could stay in the book and not get bored with it.”
To write the story, Ramey had to remember what it was like to be a 14-year-old girl. It helped that in her day job she provides technical support to a high school and an elementary school.
Ramey, who has two daughters of her own, ages 6 and 3, had to find time in her schedule for writing. She wrote her book during her lunch breaks, and late at night.
“It’s the first thing I’ve written that’s flowed and kept flowing,” she said. “Even through the editing process, I’ve read it 10 times and I’m still not bored with it.”
Ramey self-published the book. It was released March 10, and so far the reception has been good. Much of the response so far has been from family and friends, but Ramey said her family has never been shy about sharing a negative opinion.
“I was really nervous, but people bought it,” she said. “Family and friends read it and said, ‘Oh, it was great. I was in it and never put it down.’”