Saturday, July 7, 2012

Interview with Ray Sostre, Author and Owner of After Dark Online

Tonya and Brenda are meeting with the very sexy Ray Sostre, Erotic Author and Entrepreneur, at the Mall at Steamtown in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Bella's workplace from The Girl Upstairs. Ray has invited us for Lattes in the little coffee cafe.

About Ray in his own words:
I'm just a city boy stuck out in the middle of the desert, writing and doing other things that makes me happy. I love erotica of all types, and I enjoy writing erotica for everyone's enjoyment. When I'm away from the computer, I'm either catching up on some shows and real life, or hitting the dance clubs w/ my woman.

Ummm, Maybe if we put on the right music, Ray might dance for us? Who's going to see the movie "Magic Mike" this weekend? LOL Ladies, Ray will be here all week to answer questions and reply to comments. He is also featuring an eBook giveaway. Details below.

Naughty Reader’s: Tell us a bit about yourself  that our readers might not know.

Ray: Hi! Thank you for having me here. I’m 35, living out in Nevada with my long-time girlfriend of more than 7 years. My love for writing erotic stories has made me very enthusiastic of what I can accomplish to what I write. I enjoy what I do, and I am also the founder of an up and coming website called AfterDark Online, which accept story submissions and hosting contests, soon to go into more in the future. The stories I write are m/f stories, ménage stories, and lesbian romance.

Naughty Reader’s: What made you want to become a writer?

Ray: When I first got into writing it was by accident in the fall of 1990. I was a crazy goof-ball then, but one day when I served detention I write short story about a guy serving detention with a secret admirer. That's when I decided to get into writing, but I only pursued it for 7 more years, before I gave it up and decided to get into music, working the club scene for the next 7 years. When I returned to writing, it was in 2010, when I was persuade from my father to get back into writing. I lost my job at that time, and I had a lot of time on my hands - why not give it a go?
      I was tired of reading stories that contained porn-no-plot scenes, and as a guy, I wanted to prove to my readers, particularly female, that a guy like me can write something erotic with a good feeling wanting more.

Naughty Reader’s: Please share a bit about your new release The Girl Upstairs without giving away any spoilers.

Ray: While I’m currently working on a few others, and awaiting for response on another story. The Girl Upstairs was released on April 6th through Romance Divine. The story is about a man name Carlos Munoz who moves out of New York and settles in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where he meets a gorgeous upstairs neighbor who lives alone, but visited by her policeman brother that interferes in their relationship. It is a hero-like romance, because the heroine in the story has a dark past, explaining why she moved out there.

Naughty Reader’s: Do you write under a pen name?

Ray: Aside from my real name... no. Ray has been my nickname since I was 8 years old. In fact, very few authors on here knows me by my real name. One in particular, I hope, would keep it hush-hush... lol! She learned my real name from my little brother.

Naughty Reader’s: What types of hero or heroine do you like best?

Ray:  I like emancipated hero/heroines – self thinkers. Mostly, I have a deep attraction to read and write about bad girls in the story. Something about the bad girls that attract me; maybe because of my past and current relationship with one - lol.

Naughty Reader’s: Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.

Ray:  Well, aside from a forty-hour week these days, I normally write in the mid-morning and afternoon, unless it is my day off and I’m writing all day into the late night. I am usually monitoring AfterDark Online, my baby, but also staying focus on completing stories that come into my head.

Naughty Reader’s: Do your books have a common theme or are they all different?

Ray: I try to avoid a common theme. If I have a common theme, well it’s based on the roots of city-life. I am a city-boy by nature, and I enjoy writing about things that happen in the city.

Naughty Reader’s: How long does it take you to write and then edit a story?

Ray:  Depending on the length of the story, I’m usually done with a chapter anywhere between a day to two weeks. A short story will easily be done within 4 hours. Now the editing part, I have to give thanks to Annabelle Crawford; homegirl can really edit! I wrote a lesbian romance at the end of May and sent it to her; she did her editing touches within two days. I was super-amazed. I had to bring that there, because her editing touches have opened my mind.

Naughty Reader’s: Do you have to be alone to write?

Ray:  Mostly, yes. I need to concentrate more. My woman knows what I write and there are times I need her help in describing certain things that I can’t explain easily. But I need the peace-of-mind to write.

Naughty Reader’s: How do you go about naming characters?

Ray:  It comes up naturally to me. I don’t go by simple, common names; they just come up easily. I have a much harder time finding a title to the story than characters names.

Naughty Reader’s: Is it easier to write about the characters if you find pictures of them before you write or do you write then find character pictures?

Ray:  To me, it is easier. I’m always looking for a muse of still and motion pictures on the internet. Sometimes, a particular scene like a skyline or a park in any city, and I’m painting a picture in over a thousand words. What I learned is that it gets very addictive – lol!

Naughty Reader’s: How do you pick locations for your stories?

Ray:  Well, a lot has to do with my east coast roots, and now my west coast roots as well; the flow just comes naturally.

Naughty Reader’s: (Brenda) Excuse me for a minute you two. I'll be right back. (Tonya) Ray, I'm not sure what's she up too, but it can't be good! Let's continue. What are you working on now and what should readers be looking forward to from you in the future?

Ray: I just received a contract from No Boundaries Press for my f/f short story – “Her Angela & Protection”, and now I’m working on next menage story: Suburbian Secrets Pt 2, Secret Rendezvous. I originally worked on it in Feb, but I took time off to let the feeling of the story develop more. And I’m also working on Finding Possibilities – a younger male/older woman romance. If there’s any luck, I would like to get that story done. I have a positive feeling about the story.

Naughty Reader’s: Where......can readers find out more about you and your books? Uh oh.....She has trouble written all over her face!

*Brenda walks back in with a boom box, sits it on a table, places a CD in the top and hits play. "Sassy Sexy Wiggle" by Joe Tex streams from the speakers.* "Okay, Ray show us your moves. Come on."

Ray: Ummm..... shit. Oh, excuse me. I should've known. LOL While I have three self-published titles under Smashwords and Amazon; just enter Ray Sostre on the search engine, I have The Girl Upstairs in several locations:

       If there was something my readers would like to ask my book they’re welcome to email me at, however I couldn’t think of questions to ask my readers, except what else would they want to read out of my work? I appreciate the fan base I have, even if they are small – they matter to me.

       And since I’m appreciative to anyone who comments on this interview, I would love to giveaway a free eBook of The Girl Upstairs.

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A couple of hours later, Carlos was sitting on his couch as he flicked though the channels, looking for something on television. He heard someone knocking on the door. When he opened the door he was surprised to see Bella standing there with her arms folded from the chill.
“Carlos, look I’m sorry about what happened earlier. I know my brother can be a dick sometimes and—”
“Oh, don’t worry about it. Uh you want to come in?”
“Yeah, actually. It’s a little chilly standing here.”
“It’s supposed to go down in the thirties tonight.”
He let her in, closing the door behind her. He felt her wrap his arms around his body, feeling the cold from her arms, extracting the warmth from his body.
“Oh you feel so warm.”
He chuckled with the thoughts of her touch. You feel so soft. The feel of her body pressed against his made him feel hard again.
“My brother can be such a jerk sometime. He’s my big brother, but he plays big brother way too much whenever’s he wearing his badge.”
“Well, he just being protective of you.”
“Overly-protective. Sometimes he meddles in my life too much. I wish he would understand that I’m a big girl.”
“You’ll always be his baby sister.”
“I know. You know, Carlito...” She rolled her eyes quickly. “I’m—”
“It’s alright.”
“I can’t help it. I really love your name.” She looked up, “I really had a great time with you.”
“So did I... Annabella”
He gave a smile, feeling a sudden air of seduction before closing his eyes, letting his mouth find hers.
Bella spoke against his lips, “The way you sound out my name; I don’t mind.”
“I love your name.” He sucked on her bottom lip with tenderness.
He let his hands run over her body, while slipping his tongue inside her mouth. He felt her exhale hard against him, as he felt her hand on his neck, pulling him closer.
His excitement was bursting through his jeans. He pinned her against the door and ran his fingers under her dress. In return, he felt her fingers digging inside his jeans, past his boxer while grabbing on his ass. He felt her grip, she was hungry for him and she pushed him further to her body.
“Is he gone, really gone?”
“Uh-huh! He’s been long gone.” Suddenly she purred seductively, “Take off your pants I want you, Carlos.”
The way she expressed her desire for him made him anxious to be inside her. He stepped back and unbuttoned his jeans, while watching her raise her dress and slipping off her panties.
Once his pants dropped, he moved closer and kissed her hungrily. He felt her hand on his cock, his tip being caressed in her possession. The feeling of her touch was hypnotizing; he gazed into her inviting eyes one last time before taking her in another kiss.
While exchanging kisses, he raised her leg up and felt his cock being pushed inside her folds.
He heard her gasp into his ear, and nuzzled at her neck with sensual kisses. As he pumped her with furious strokes, he felt her hand run across his back. Then once he was able to work out a balance he lifted her up and pinned her against the wall. Every thrust he gave her had her gasping in enthusiasm.
“Harder Carlos... harder!” She gasped, digging her nails into his ass.
Carlos was panting from every thrust. Sweat was building inside his body, but the heat from her was more exciting. She may have been pinned to the door, but she was able to meet his thrust, until he wasn’t able to hold off any longer. His thrusting became aggressive. At the same time, her moans were growing louder. He watched her transfixed expression as he gave one last thrust, pinning himself against her body as he came inside her with hard shivers and panting, causing Bella to climax.
Once spent, they remained, still, on the door, catching their breaths. He looked into her eyes still glazed over from her sexual rapture.
They ravaged each other’s mouths, before he set her down.
“Oh, Carlito,” she pushed a wisp of hair from her face, “that was wonderful.”
“Why don’t you stay for the night?”
“I will, if you can help me off with this dress.”
“I don’t have any spare clothes for you to sleep in.”
“Who said I need to sleep with clothes on?” She gave him her most wicked grin.

To get a feel of Ray’s writing download Poetic Motivation
Available as a FREE read on Smashwords.

Okay everyone let's dance!!!


  1. *walking in, listening to "Shake Your Groove Thing" on mp3* Hi Ray, thank you for visiting with us this week. Hey, if you want a review of one your books, just hollar. We have seven very good book reviewers. Lots of lurkers, but no comments. Don't be shy, Ray doesn't bite too hard. LOL *wink* ~Brenda

  2. Hi Brenda and Tonya thank you for the opportunity of interveiwing me. I'm looking forward to let you two review one of my books. I know getting out there as a start can be tough, but I would be honored to do so. :-)

  3. Hey, Ray - Awesome interview and excerpt, and your After Dark site is also awesome. Keep up the good work.

  4. Wonderful interview, Ray! You know you do the things you do to me with your words. I can almost feel Carlos' threaded breath on the nap of my neck........I have been hooked on The Girl Upstairs since I read the first exerpt from the fire escape. YummyYou, Ray! Good luck, love:) xo

  5. I love when authors do interviews because I always learn things that I never knew before. I especially love to see how an author becomes a writer in the first place. Congratulations, Ray!


  6. Congratulations Romance Reader Enthusiast - Lynn! You won a copy of The Girl Upstairs. Ray will be contacting you shortly.