Lisa Moore Ramée
Storyteller: Lisa Moore Ramée
Lisa Moore Ramée was born and raised in Los Angeles and now lives in northern California with her husband, kids, and more yard than she can control. She worked for several years in publishing at the Walt Disney Company, first in comics and then with licensed publishing. While there, she co-penned The Little Mermaid, Jr. graphic novel and the writing bug took up permanent residence. A Good Kind of Trouble, her first novel, received critical acclaim, garnering three starred reviews (Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and School Library Journal) and becoming a bestseller. It appeared on numerous “best of” lists for 2019. Something to Say received three starred reviews (Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and Bookpage), was an Indie Next Pick, and was a Kirkus Best of 2020 Book. Mapmaker, a MG fantasy, is due out September 2022.
On writing for children:
“As a child, reading was my favorite thing to do. It opened entire, foreign worlds to me, and I want to provide that same type of experience for young people. I want to give them experiences and feelings and understanding of a whole host of things. I particularly enjoy the middle-grade space precisely because it is such a difficult age for so many, and books can be a great outlet.”
What was the most valuable or memorable experience of AMPLIFY for you?:
One of my favorite things about being an author has been the opportunity to hang with other writers — particularly other authors of color — at conferences and festivals, but with COVID, I lost that. Taking part in the Amplify program gave me some of that back and allowed me to “get together” with my fellow Black storytellers and share experiences, stories, laughs, and, of course, grievances in a safe space. I also so appreciated how generous all the panelists were with their time and how honest with their answers.
“…reading was my favorite thing to do. It opened entire, foreign worlds to me, and I want to provide that same type of experience for young people.”