Ramsey Hootman

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Ramsey Hootman grew up in a small Northern California town. After spending a year in China teaching Business English to adults, she went to work as a travel writer and married her own programmer. They have one child.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Ramsey Hootman
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Be Alyosha, not Ivan.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading. Is that a huge surprise?

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. This is a major tossup between Samuel Johnson and Alexander Hamilton. If it were Johnson, I'd just want to tag along for a while and listen in on his conversations. If it were Hamilton, I'd tell him how much I admire him, what an impact he's had on the world, and how he's changed my personal view of history.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Robin. (I'd say Batman, but I'll take a pass on the whole perpetual depression thing.)

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm supposed to reveal my personal kryptonite to the general public? That doesn't seem like a good plan...

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