Ramona is a native of the Deep South and now lives in Texas, where she recently finished her first novel told in stories. Her work is influenced by the landscape and themes of family, class, race, and community. She is currently working on a second novel.
Before moving to Texas, she spent a decade in New York where she performed editorial jobs for the Foundation Center and DNR (a men’s fashion weekly), and production jobs for Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, and briefly Esquire, before moving into technical writing roles for clients such as People, the Evansville Courier, the Tucson Citizen, and the Ventura County Star. During her early career in New York, she proofread and wrote product blurbs and covered events, wrote freelance articles for The Crisis and the Staten Island Advance, and published poetry in several journals.
After moving to Texas, she worked for the Austin American-Statesman in an IT role before moving to New Mexico to pursue her MFA in fiction. While there, she read submissions for the literary journal Puerto del Sol and taught rhetoric and creative writing. After receiving her MFA, she was an adjunct instructor for New Mexico State and Western New Mexico until moving into technical editor/writer roles for her day job.
She gets up early to write every morning and regularly participates in fiction workshops and attends other local, regional, and national writing conferences. From January 2018 to February 2020 she served as a board member for A Room of Her Own. She also currently reads for an Austin-based literary journal.