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Ramsey Hootman

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Ramsey Hootman lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves hearing from readers via email (ramseyhootman@gmail.com) and is almost guaranteed to say "yes" if you ask her to do a Skype session with your library or book club.

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Ramsey Hootman Yes! I'm working on another project "starring" Sam & Greta right now! Hoping to wrap that up this summer. In the meantime, Samuel appears as a…moreYes! I'm working on another project "starring" Sam & Greta right now! Hoping to wrap that up this summer. In the meantime, Samuel appears as a secondary character in my newest book, Surviving Cyril. :) (less)
Ramsey Hootman This is the one question I get asked more than any other - and it's the hardest to answer. I feel like people want to know if I'm disabled, or if I've…moreThis is the one question I get asked more than any other - and it's the hardest to answer. I feel like people want to know if I'm disabled, or if I've had a close relationship with someone who is, along with some inspiring story. The answer is no on both counts.

Honestly, I think it's looking through the lens in the wrong direction. I'd ask: why are protagonists with disabilities so freaking hard to come by? And why are representations of people with disabilities in contemporary media either non-existent or totally inaccurate? My job as a writer is to get into someone else's head. Writing from the point of view of an elf or an astronaut isn't a big deal. But a person with a disability? Outrageous! Ha. People are people. Writing a book is basically just asking the question, "Under this set of circumstances, how would this person react?"

But I realize that's not really a satisfying answer, and given that our culture DOES "other" people with disabilities, it remains a valid question. So here's a bunch of semi-answers which might add up to a more satisfying conclusion:

- If I don't see what I want to read on the bookshelves, I write it. To me, Courting Greta is much more of a critique of our collective cultural ideas about romance and love than it is about a disabled guy. I like to call it my personal "fuck you" to the Romance genre. (Pardon my language.)

- When I see something wrong, I want to fix it. I have had friends who are wheelchair users, and I worked as an assistant to a couple of blind guys. It was obvious to me that one of the biggest hurdles faced by people with significant physical disabilities is not the disability itself, but other people's (often completely absurd) assumptions about what their lives must be like. I mean, look in the comments of any news story about someone with quadriplegia and you'll see pages of "Oh my God, if that ever happens to me, just shoot me." Really? Lose X set of physical functions and life becomes completely worthless? That's our culture's attitude towards disability.

- When I get interested in a topic, I get REALLY interested. Like obsessive-level. My mom is a nurse, so I've always been interested in medical stuff, and my dad is a carpenter, so I've always been interested in how things work, physically. Disability plus adaptive technology hits that sweet spot between medicine and craft.

- My idea of romance has always been... unconventional.

And now I've written a novel to explain my novel. Thanks for the question; sorry for the excessively verbose reply!(less)
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High Plains Library is hosting me in an online discussion about Courting Greta. Anyone can register and join! Thursday, November 13 from 7:30 - 8:30 PM Pacific time. Hope to see you there!

Register here: http://www.mylibrary.us/events/view/787
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