Mila Ramos – Echoes and Illusions

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

It’s an anthology of four stories on various levels of paranormal/science fiction. Echoes and Illusions deals with these four stories and revealing that things are not what they seem and there is something else hidden behind the image. Reel-to-Real, Smoke and Mirrors, The Watchers and The Seventh Legend are independent stories on their own but all have various aspects of the spectrum in paranormal/science fiction. The stories take the theme of the past of each character and brings it to light. Whether the past is something they have chosen to forget or trying to fix, their past is always coming to speak to them about their current reality.

Tell us something about yourself.

Well I’m from Puerto Rico, and I’ve been writing for about 5-6 years. My day job is as a chemist so normally I’m eyeball deep into some type of reaction or reading a journal article, but my second job is writing. When I’m not doing either of those, I’m a belly dancer which I immensely adore. Not only is a great exercise but stress reliever too! I highly recommend it to every woman!

What inspired you to write this book?

Each story had different inspirations. Reel-to-Real came about in a dream actually and from there the idea just evolved over time. Smoke and Mirrors came about through a what if situation I was discussing with a friend of mine about the infamous question “if you knew then what you know now’. This book in particular is a favorite of mine solely based on that conversation. The Watchers and The Seventh Legend were both inspired by a song. A very unlikely song in all truth. I was listening to “Calling All Angels” by Jane Siberry. Her voice was so haunting in the music and it made me truly think about burdens as well as angels.

How did you choose the title?

Choosing titles have never had a set format. Sometimes it comes from the theme of the book or something about one of the characters. It can even come from a song that just matches the book. All the titles come suddenly and just fits. I wish there was a set process, currently I’m struggling with title of a book.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

It wasn’t so much an obstacle as getting everything ready. I was transferring between houses. One had shut down and another was willing to take my books as well as my work. I think the only truly hard obstacle has been getting all the paperwork and manuscripts ready to send, making sure they were current.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I’ve noticed in my life the things I love doing have never been a conscious decision. They have been things I’ve just realized later I couldn’t live without and am passionate about. Chemistry, writing, belly-dancing, I love how my soul feels when I am doing them. With writing it came about first through writing poetry. In writing that poetry I was only trying to write what was inside me. As a very shy kid in my elementary years I had a teacher who encouraged me to write my thoughts down, and to this day it is always my form of talking. Sometimes just writing it down helps me gather my thoughts a bit more formally.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Yes, but they are all meshed together that trying to figure out a particular one is hard. Normally if the ritual involves coffee, all my paranormal sci-fi movies and some great weather I’m set.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

Now don’t laugh but I love going through the baby book of names and reading the meaning of names. Its an odd habit I have. Sometimes its the meaning of a particular name that just fits with the personality of the character.

you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I learned more about the world of marketing, and that I still have a bit of way to go in getting the ins and outs book sales more concrete. Writing is forever a refining process.

you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I first set out when I first started that writing was a impossible obstacle to learn. Especially when you have no one teaching you the ropes or you don’t know particularly where to go. I think the second time around, I would have devoured the Writer’s Digest website with gusto and speed.

t types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I’ll just give you my top 3 or else I’m going to go on for pages about each author I love. Currently I’m re-reading the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. I adore her books. Karen Marie Moning and JR Ward though are my two all time paranormal authors. I could read their books countless number of times and still find something new in each tale. Its amazing to me how they do such magnificent work. Nora Roberts is the quintessential favorite of course in romance, and is perfect for just about anything.

you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I’m currently expanding on a book Prophecy of the Boar, and adding the second book to it, Divination. After that working on a few stories that with time at school letting up, I’ll be able to give that time to writing.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

I highly recommend Writer’s Digest webinars as well as their lecture series. They have been phenomenal people to ask questions to, and even get responses some. I attended recently a webinar with literary agent Andrea Hurst, and she was so very sweet an attentive about answering all our questions. Things of that sort, stick in my mind and make me writing a joy.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

The perfect readers are those who love the what if, the exploration, the possibility. Though it is an anthology of different stories, each story is meant for a reader to explore something different.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

You can go to my blog to learn more about me and my books.


  1. says

    Great interview, Mila. It always interests me to read about the different ways an author gets inspired, how an author approaches writing the story, comes up with an appropriate title (not always easy), and finds the time to write. I have to agree, writing makes the soul feel good.

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