By R.H. Ramsey
Just Beneath the Surface I was inspired by several things. I will start with the first inspiration; women who are involved in, or have ever experienced abusive relationships. At the time of writing this book, I noticed that many people empathized with those who were being abused, but I also noticed that many people were harsh.
I noticed many were judging the woman who chose not to leave; assuming that she was weak, or saying that she deserved to suffer if she was not ‘smart’ enough to leave. The things being said were very sad, and bothered me. But the fact that those ideas were a misunderstanding inspired me. If I could change just one point of view, I thought to myself. And that’s when I decided to create the first main character; a strong, confident woman named Kendall, who stumbles into a relationship that literally brings her face to face with death. I wanted to show the gradual transformation from Kendall’s initial confidence, to her frequently questioning herself, then eventually losing her voice, and the essence of who she is.
I am also deeply moved by teenagers and young adults who find themselves seeking love, attention, and affection in all of the wrong places. Kendall’s daughter, Diamond is in a very lonely place after her parent’s divorce. Her father is distant, her mother is nurturing a new relationship, and the only person who seems to understand what she ‘needs’, is a teacher’s aide with a dark side. I wanted to show how easy it is to go from knowing who you are, to losing yourself in loneliness.
In my opinion, through everything that happens in life, we must remember that in relating to one another, we find less time to prejudge. This brings me to my final inspiration; relating to and empathizing with one another.
Rhonda Ramsey is a prolific new author who enjoys breathing passion and life into each and every character she creates. She is an avid writer with eleven completed novels, four novels near completion, and five short stories. She is also a military wife, mother of two, and student.
Over the course of seven years, Rhonda has diligently researched topics ranging from but not limited to; relationships, addiction, abuse, and mental illness. With a passion for people, helping, and learning, Rhonda’s zeal for inspiring others through her writing has also expanded to freelance writing and blogging; as she has her own blog, and enjoys contributing to other websites as well. She hopes to continue in her quest of inspiring others as well as learning from everyone she meets.
Her latest book is Just Beneath the Surface I.
Visit her blog at www.arirjames.wordpress.com.
ABOUT JUST BENEATH THE SURFACE I
When Kendall Berkely takes a look in the mirror, she not only desperately wants to run away from the stranger staring back at her; but she also knows that her days are numbered. She can feel it in her bones, and has the bruises to prove it. To make matters worse, Kendall will soon discover that her seventeen year old daughter, Diamond is on a path nearly just as dangerous.
After the demise of the family unit she once knew, a distracted mother, and being forced to accept a new stepfather, Diamond finds herself knee deep in a multitude of mistakes. When Diamond finds herself more lonely than ever before she crosses paths with Bobby Lidell; a teacher’s aide with a dark side. Just as Diamond realizes that she is in over her head, her mother and father have already been notified, and will do everything in their power to protect her.
But what is lurking in the shadows will not stop until a vow has been kept; what is lurking just beneath the surface will come seeking revenge.