Gemma Ramji is a comedy writer, actress, artist and filmmaker, and ‘The Day My School Fell Down’ is her new novel! Gemma hopes you will enjoy exploring her quirky imagination, whilst laughing along the way!
Gemma loves writing fiction and for film, and will soon be working on her next novel. She lives in England with a small fluffy cat, and loves to play the piano. Gemma loves to play the piano – not the cat. Or, maybe…
What inspires you to write?
I think what inspires me is a strong will to use my imagination, and share it with you! Imagination is a beautiful and wild thing, and when you look inside it, it can transport you to the most wonderful, unearthly and magical worlds.
Tell us about your writing process.
Aha! First, I chant on a mountain, then summon my flying writing desk, and…Sadly, I merely sit at a computer, and type. However, there’s method in my madness! I start writing even if I have just the faint flicker of an idea. Then I will go back and edit, or scrap accordingly. This process works for me because, like most writers, I have so many ideas I want to try them all out. If they don’t work, I have learnt my lesson, and can move on!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters, because often they’re larger than life, and such people will not be silenced! However, when you create a strong persona, they can easily run away with the book, so you need to keep a watchful eye, and make sure to keep focus on the story you’re writing!
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice to other authors would be – don’t give up. Writing a novel is often a long process, and certainly not an easy one, unless you don’t care at all about the finished product. Just remember there will be the most amazing, spectacular reward at the end – and that’s other people reading the unique words that you have written, and sharing them with their friends.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish, because I prefer to maintain all of the control over my creative work. I designed my front cover and I also edit, and I didn’t want anyone else doing this. It’s possible that some publishers would have shuddered at this idea (understandably), which is why I decided not to publish with a publisher. I do encourage other authors to explore all avenues and see what suits them. If you want to do it yourself, go for it!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the future will see a growth in self-publishing, although traditional publishers will still remain.
What genres do you write?
Humor, Satire, Comedy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print