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Ramona Morrow Biography
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Ramona Morrow is a Canadian Cree Metis blogger, poet, songwriter, and a children's book author. Ramona writes children's fiction books inspired by her son. Ramona's first children's book Jamie's Pet is a winner of the 2019 Fall NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Book in the category of Children's Interest. Jamie's Pet in August 2020 won it's second book award; Canada Book Award 2020.
Ramona, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the oldest of three children. She has spent the first nine years of her school career in the Catholic School system and spent the last three years in the Public-School system.
When Ramona was seven years old her parents moved to Saskatchewan, where she was raised until 1999. She lived in various towns and cities throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Ramona graduated in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in June 1980. In 1999, she moved back to Winnipeg, Manitoba to work in the transportation industry then she became a security guard in 2013.
Ramona had worked at numerous jobs throughout her life. She was a car hop, waitress, prep cook, retail clerk, salesclerk, temporary-to-hire office clerk, baker's assistant, class 1 truck driver, class 5 driving instructor, school bus driver, special needs bus driver, and Greyhound bus driver. "I still remember my very first job as a car hop with A & W in Yorkton, Saskatchewan," she recalls now "I loved that job and I still love the burgers and root beer. Mostly I enjoyed meeting new people."
Ramona married and divorced in her late 20's. She has been divorced since 1987. She was a single-parent and is a proud mother of one grown child named Jamie, whom this book was named after. Ramona has two grown stepchildren named Shayne and Christopher from Jamie's father's first marriage. Ramona never married Jamie's father, so divorce wasn't an issue. Jamie was five years old when the relationship ended. "There were though times, but we got through it" Ramona said.
When Ramona was younger, she was involved with sports, like indoor and outdoor track & field, figure skating, and girl's hockey. "I was a very fast runner in my younger years," she says. Ramona enjoys participating in non-contact sports and she loves watching all kinds of sports on TV.
Her favorite CFL football team is Saskatchewan Roughriders then Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Ramona has been a Boston Bruins hockey fan since she was twelve years old and because Ramona lives in Winnipeg her second NHL hockey team is Winnipeg Jets. As for baseball, her team is Boston Red Sox and Winnipeg Goldeyes. Boston Celtics is Ramona's favorite basketball team, and her second team is Toronto Raptors. Ramona cheers very hard for all-girls' sports teams and is a faithful watcher of the Olympics.
Back in the 70's Ramona loved Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, Donny and Marie. In the 80's Ramona's male band was New Kids on the Block and was in love with Danny Wood. Pictures of him everywhere in her bedroom.
Her favorite male actors are Keifer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey, and George Clooney. Her favorite female singers are Shania Twain, Tina Turner, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood.
Ramona loves writing poetry, songwriting, and short stories. "Listening to music relaxes me. To get away from the real world I love watching movies. When I have spare time in my day I go for walks, bake cakes, cookies, and pies, etc. This is when ideas come rushing-in and I write them down," remarked Ramona. Ramona enjoys making home-cooked meals; by the way she is a very good cook. Ramona has taught herself the craft of chocolate-making to become a self-taught chocolatier.
Ramona reads autobiographies like Michelle Obama, Shania Twain, Tina Turner, Anderson Cooper, and Gloria Vanderbilt for example. She also reads cookbooks and cake decorating books as if they were novels.
Starting in the late nineties, Ramona has her poetry published in ten different poetry book publications. She began writing her first children's book, starting with this one, Jamie's Pet, published on January 07, 2019. The book was inspired from Jamie and Ramona's visit with the pet store when they were trying to see which pet would be good for Jamie to have as his first pet. Throughout Jamie's childhood he has had dogs, cats, love birds, gerbils, and various fish, shrimp, turtles as pets. "Our household was very active."
Jamie's Pet being Ramona's first children's book was written for children between the ages of six months or younger to twelve years old. The book has bold, colorful pictures that are educational, entertaining, and is fun to read. Ramona is now working on her second children's book.
Accolades, Acknowledgements, and Achievements
These Accolades, Acknowledgements, and Achievements have been bestowed upon Ramona Morrow throughout the years for her creativity and talent in the poetry, song writing, and book publication fields. Ramona has received praise, public approval, awards, and honors since 1989 beginning with the debut publication of her champagne cocktail recipe book titled, 'Champagne Fantasies' that sent her career and imagination soaring to new heights.
2020 Jamie's Pet received 2020 Royal Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention for Animals/Pets - Announced December 21
2020 Author Spotlight Segment with Suzanne Lynn Cheesman Radio - Aired November 30 in Travares, Florida - Jamie's Pet
2020 Jamie's Pet invited to be promoted in Story Monsters Ink October, November, and December Issues
2020 The Read with Carylee Show - Aired October 31 on Read with Carlee YouTube Channel & Audio Podcast - Jamie's Pet
2020 Jamie's Pet received Canada Book Award August 2020 - Announced August 15
2020 Jamie's Pet received Story Monsters Approved! Book Awards - Announced March 29
2020 Jamie's Pet donated copy to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
2020 Jamie's Pet given as a gift to William and Jane children of Jimmy and Molly Kimmel
2019 Jamie's Pet received Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner Fall 2019 for Best Book in Category of Children's Interest - Announced December 26
2019 US Review of Books published their book review of Jamie's Pet on December 20
2019 Jamie's Pet given as a gift to Stormi Webster daughter of Kylie Jenner
2019 Jamie's Pet given as a gift to Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan
2019 Interview with iHeartMedia WOR Radio 710 AM (The Voice of NEW York) - Aired August 04 - Jamie's Pet
2019 Maple Leaf Publishing Press Release on May 30 about Jamie's Pet Book Tour in Saskatoon, Toronto, Lethbridge, and Halifax
2019 Authors Press - Press Release Announcing Jamie's Pet Book Tour at BookCon/BookExpo in New York City
2019 Launched Ramona Morrow Books Website
2019 Page Publishing Press Release Announcement of Jamie's Pet Children's Book on April 17
2019 Jamie's Pet children's book published by Page Publishing on January 07
2017 Poem, 'Farewell to Thee' about the death of Princess Diana. Poem sent to and Ramona has received a response from:
TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine and HRH Prince Henry of Wales
2017 Launched mymagnoliaandvine.ca/ramonamona Jewelry Website - No Longer in Business - CLOSED
2017 Independent Style Consultant - Magnolia and Vine - CLOSED (December 31, 2019)
2012 VIP of the Year by Worldwide Who's Who
2012 Worldwide Who's Who Member
1998 Poem, 'Farwell to Thee' about Princess Diana. Poem sent to and Ramona has received a response from:
Buckingham Palace Letterhead from Queen Elizabeth
Poem resides on Diana's resting place
Althorp Letterhead from Earl Spencer (Diana's brother)
From the Office of the Duchess of York Letterhead from Sara Ferguson
1997 Certificate of Merit in Recognition of the Outstanding Lyric Writing Ability
1997 New Member with the National Authors Registry and met the Standards of Publication by Iliad Press
1997 Member in Good Standing of the International Association of Active Poets - The Poets Guild
1997 Distinguished Member with Top Records Songwriters
1995-1998 Member in Good Standing with the International Society of Poets
1989 'Champagne Fantasies' Cocktail Book published by Vantage Press
Ramona Morrow's Published Poetry
Ramona started writing poetry when she was in high school. She would write down her thoughts on scrap paper or napkins. Ramona would later transfer those thoughts into a journal; back in the 1970's it was a lined notebook, but journal to her. Ramona kept everything she wrote, even if it was just one line or stanza. She thought, "you never know when that line or stanza would come in handy for a future poem or song." In 1995, Ramona came across a poetry contest by, "The National Library of Poetry." Ramona figures, "why not" and entered a poem. The poem she submitted was 'Jamie My Dear,' this poem started her writing career. Ramona never thought her poem would be considered good enough to be published in a poetry book. Ramona thought the original poem would arrive back with corrections, suggestions, or some sort of advice scribbled all over the page. She just wanted to see if her poetry was any good. Couple of months later 'Jamie My Dear' was published in a poetry book, 'Sparkles in the Sand.' Ramona received a wooded plaque with her poem engraved on it. A plaque she has kept to this day hanging in her office.
1998 Sweet Heart 98 by Poetry Unlimited, Poem, 'Love Is Like A Rose'
1998 Love Poems by Poetry Press - Poem, 'Love Is Like A Rose'
1998 Visions by JMW Publishing Co. - Poem, 'Love Is Like A Rose'
1998 Treasures by Iliad Press - Poem, 'Jamie My Dear'
1998 Poetic Voices of America Spring 1998 by Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Inc. - Poem, 'Jamie My Dear'
1997 American Poetry Annual by the Amherst Society - Poem, 'Time Has Passed'
1997 Best New Poems by Poets' Guild - Poem, 'Time Has Passed'
1997 Dreams of the Soul by The Poetry Guild - Poem, 'Jamie My Dear'
1996 Best Poems of the '90s by The National Library of Poetry - Poem, 'Love Is Like A Rose'
1995 Sparkles in the Sand by The National Library of Poetry - Poem, 'Jamie My Dear'
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