About the Author

About the Author

Thea Ramsay was born in Brockville, Ontario and now lives in Toronto. She started writing before she could spell. She has also worked in broadcasting and library services for the blind. Her other artistic endeavors include acting, singing, and keyboard playing.

Besides writing, she enjoys reading fiction and biographies, watching documentaries, and pampering her beautiful cat.

Lucy is her second book. Her first book, A Very Special House, is part ghost story, part psychological thriller, and totally terrific.

Author Q&A

1. What inspired you to write Lucy?

A lack of utopias and a preference for the dark things pervading our books and movies inspired the book. I wanted to write something that was intrinsically beautiful. The strangely lovely things like angels and fairies, happy endings, lovely visions and good dreams are what drive me.

2. How did you come up with the idea for Lucy?

Lucy came about from my taste for the lovely and pleasurable. As a Star Trek fan, I’d noticed there were cultures based on logic, (Vulcan), cultures that prized fitness for battle and a warrior’s sense of honor, (Klingon), and several based on sexual pleasure, (Rigley’s Pleasure Planet).

Though couples abounded and romance flourished in the films and books, there was no one planet that worshiped love. Not just sex, but love. Romance. Not the easy come, easy go of today’s ‘new morality’, but romance that endured while remaining lovely. No fantasy or sci-fi, or even books written in the romance genre, can satisfy my longing for the lovely, though classic musical theater, with its lush orchestrations (including strings, harps and bells), do sweep me away on clouds of beauty.

But after my marriage failed on Maui, arguably the most heavenly place on Earth, I realized that beautiful scenery and warm weather were only trappings. So I changed the story I’d been writing. In Lucy, paradise was to be found inside oneself, and inside a culture that prized love and loyal connection, whether or not the planet was a tropical heaven.

3. How long did Lucy take to write?

The book took many years, and was, at first, nothing like the Lucy story I have today. I started out with this idea of a romantic, lovely planet. Then I realized no one would read an unending story of beauty and joy. So I created the book with Lucy suffering through some bad ass holocaust.

4. How has your blindness affected the story of Lucy?

Since I have always been blind, and have never seen, I have no idea what visual beauty is. So I approached it from the auditory and tactile framework. Thus, the Andorphians have a lovely language and are covered with a very soft fur. The reward centers of their brains are much bigger. They produce large amounts of happy brain chemicals, such as dopamine and endorphins, and are so euphoric that they are born in love