Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Author: Bio (50 words) Carl E. Ramsey is a Marine Corps war veteran who graduated with high distinction from Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University), Seward, Nebraska, in December, 1975. Following a thirty-five year mixed career of English teaching and IT he does veterans work and writes Christian comedy adventure in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Artist Bio. (42 words) Raised in Texas and a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Paul Dillon has been illustrating Children’s Books and Activity Books since 1992. A cartoonist as well as an illustrator, Paul lives with his wife in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
What inspired you to create this book?
I was influenced by the following quote: Tolkien recalled ‘Lewis said to me one day: “Tollers, there is too little of what we really like in stories. I’m afraid we shall have to write some ourselves.”’
Walter Hooper, C. S. Lewis on Stories and Other Essays on Literature Dr. Phillip Popejoy challenged me to write comic dialogue after one of mysatires appeared in his 2004 play, In a Poet’s Mind. When I was a college student I cooked fish gravy for an eighty year old retired school teacher who covered it was sugar because he thought it was unsweetened pudding.
Do You Have a Favorite Chapter in the book and why?
I can publicly read any chapter in Sir Christian de Galis and the Fish Gravy in isolation and bring down the house. (More than one person has said that I resemble the comedian Steve Martin.) However, during final revisions I remember one specific occasion when I read Chapter 3, A Lady Who Looks Harmless, to a skeptical audience, with a deaf person walking around the room opening and closing doors). I received thunderous applause. I remember another significant occasion when I read Chapter 7, His Sensational Mistake, to a local publisher and his partner. They also broke out into applause, but said the book was too big for them to handle.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
My book has five key messages.
1. Making a difference with an unwanted solution.
2. Forgiveness and redemption are better than revenge.
3. Prayer changes things
4. Physical Handicaps don’t necessarily limit success.
5. Having the most people doesn’t necessarily make your cause right
Can we expect to see more books from you in the future?
The sneak preview of Volume II, Raiders of the Lost Gravy, is included in the back of Volume I. There is also a planned Volume III, The Last of the Gravy. Paul Dillon, the artist (and president of the Jefferson Barracks POW MIA Museum), has committed himself to all three books. He told me his favorite character is the nephew with a speech defect and bad hair. Meantime I have been invited to promote the book at the upcoming Saint Louis Renaissance Festival and on the website of Franklin County Honor Flight. That’s because it is the product of a Veterans owned small business, with a portion of each sell set aside for a church or veterans group.
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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for promotional purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.