Dancer’s memoir showcases compelling resilience against all odds after falling into dangerous romantic relationship
Healing and personal growth take center stage in “Eris Rising”
San Francisco, CA — A professional dancer, choreographer, and yoga teacher with talent in spades crosses paths with an enticing, yet manipulative man in Courtney Ramm’s honest memoir, “Eris Rising” (Acorn Publishing, Oct. 27, 2020).
As one of 229 offspring born from the controversial “Genius Sperm Bank,” a genetic experiment that existed in the 1980s and ’90s, Courtney found herself driven toward success. Following her passion for dance, by the age of eight she was studying at the renowned School of American Ballet and soon thereafter, performing on New York’s greatest stages. At twenty-five years old, she acted upon a strong inner calling to start her own dance company in Hawaii. Moving across the globe, Courtney brought along her endless to-do lists and a strong determination to succeed. But one thing was missing from the picture-perfect life she had imagined: a perfect husband. When she first locked eyes with Marcus at a spiritual gathering, she sensed something was off in the uncanny intensity of his stare. But she dove into a relationship anyway, not grasping the danger of the decision.
“Eris Rising” is a story of breaking deep karmic patterns, grappling with the calling of destiny, and changing long-held karma into mission. With the powerful feminine spirit of Eris as inspiration, Courtney’s brave memoir shows how it’s possible to move forward after life-altering harm, in order to find the true warrior within.
Praise for the author…
“This is a book you will insist your friends read next just so you can continue to talk about it long after you finish the final page.”
– Holly Kammier, best-selling author of Kingston Court
“Eris Rising is a scary-good book. Scary because it tells a story of a beautiful life gone sideways–so far sideways that the author is dangerously close to going over the edge. Against compelling odds, Courtney manages to right herself. Therein lies profound life lessons”
– Brad Alan Lewis, Olympic Gold Medalist and author of Assault on Lake Casitas
Courtney Ramm | October 27, 2020 | Acorn Publishing | Nonfiction, Memoir
Hardcover | ISBN: 978-1-952112-12-6 | $24.99
Paperback | ISBN: 978-1-952112-11-9 | $16.99
Courtney Ramm: Born and raised in the heart of New York City, Courtney Ramm has followed her passion for dance since childhood, which led to a career as a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She’s directed dance schools, performed, and taught all over the world, from Singapore to Thailand to Manhattan. With her Master’s degree in Dance Education, Courtney has led wellness retreats in Hawaii, focusing on empowerment and transformation. Courtney is the founder and artistic director of the non-profit dance company, RammDance. She blends her love of dance with holistic healing, and is a certified Pilates instructor, Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic consultant, Theta healer, Master Detox Chef, and Reiki practitioner. Alongside her focused training and career in dance, writing has always been one of Courtney’s passions. She knew she would write a book — although she never imagined her memoir would take such a twisted turn. Courtney is a full-time single mama to two toddlers. “Eris Rising” is her first book. For more information, please visit: https://www.courtneyramm.com
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born and raised in New York City, however soon after I turned 18 I left New York and have lived all over the world. As of this writing I am based in sunny California. Since childhood, I’ve pursued what I love: dance. I am a professional dancer and choreographer, and I also teach dance as well as yoga, Pilates and music. While I love expressing through dance and music, writing has been one of my passions since childhood.
Tell us about your book! How did it get started?
Somewhere in the back of my mind, I always knew I would write a book. Then, in my late twenties, I went through a major, unforeseen life-changing experience and continued to get comments from friends such as, “You’ve certainly got a good novel here”. After a full year had passed and I had time to process what I went through, I felt inspired to start writing. The decision to write my story felt like a calling from deep within rather than an intellectual decision.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
One thing that’s essential for me to write is an environment that’s free of distractions. Even a mere conversation going on across the room makes it difficult for me to focus. Because I have two young children, this means I need to write while they’re asleep or to go out to a coffee shop or library, and put on headphones to cancel out other voices. I’ll confess to you that in the early stages of writing my book, I needed to munch on dark chocolate to give myself a little treat for embarking on such a daunting task.
What do you like to read?
I love to read memoirs! When I was younger, I enjoyed reading fiction, but in the last several years I switched over to reading non-fiction, and I especially love a good memoir. I seek out memoirs that take place in locations I’ve lived in before or are centered around one of my interests, as it gives me a strong connection point to the story.
What would your advice be for aspiring authors in regards to writing?
Writing a book is a major undertaking, a long-term commitment that requires serious discipline. On the other hand, writing is an art and if you see it that way, it becomes much more creative and fun! Still, there will be times you want to give up, because it just feels too hard. My advice is to not stop until your story is written. Because I tend to be a perfectionist, I had to repeat to myself often, “It doesn’t need to be good. You just need to get it done.” You owe it to yourself to see your project through to the end.You got this!
Anything else you’d like to share?
If you have a story inside of you, it’s your duty to share it to the world. You never know how your story will touch someone, or inspire them, or motivate them. Now is the perfect time to begin writing!