Naughty Readers.....introducing Ray Sostre
NR: Readers love to know more about their authors. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Ray: Hi, I’m Ray Sostre. I am an erotic romance author, while I also have the passion to write some smutty flash fiction, and I’m a proud own of a media publishing site called AfterDark Online. The genre I write are mostly m/f erotic contemporary, but I also write lesbian erotic and ménage, which I will have a few on the way for publication. I currently live in Nevada, with my long time girlfriend for nearly a decade, and writing erotica has given me the purpose to write generally.
NR: Do you have a day job?
Ray: At this time, yes I do. I currently work as a Food & Beverage Shift Manager at a casino.
NR: Some of us have things we do to get into the writing frame of mind like music, or drinks. Do you have anything special you do to get into the writing mood?
Ray: A muse; usually several pics that inspire me, or a scene that I read where I would put it in my version, if necessary. Otherwise, I just write and see where it goes.
NR: Where do you keep story ideas? Where do they come from?
Ray: These stories come off the top of my head. I didn’t think I had it, until I put it on paper. Of course, there’s researching, but most of the scenes come off the top of my head.
NR: If you’re self-published, can you tell us a bit about that and how it’s going for you?
Ray: When a publisher disbanded in 2013, I was no a man with no publisher , nowhere to belong. There were times, I received rejection letters, and it was then when I decided that I wanted to be a publisher for myself. Now, would I go with a publisher? Yes, I would. However, I need to find a publisher that is able to suit me, and I’m looking for one that suits me. Until then, I’m just self-publishing myself.
NR: Are you a daytime writer, night time writer, and do you have to be alone to write?
Ray: I’m more a night person. My ideas spark during the evening. Very rarely do I write during the day. There’s too much going on it’s impossible to concentrate. Plus, I have my day job to worry about, but when I get into my writing I have to be alone.
NR: What advice would you give to new authors?
Ray: Don’t ever say to yourself that you can’t do it. Your mind is the most powerful weapon in the world; use it. Learn everything you can about the genre. While some authors say read and just read, I would say join the writing groups; don’t be afraid to share your work. There are a lot of people that want to help you improve; only you can say you’re not interested in learning something new. And don’t surround yourself with people who don’t approve of you, unless you compromise yourself; it’s not worth it. I’ve been doing this for four years, and I’m proud of some of the accomplishments.
NR: Do you write better when you first have an idea of what your characters look like or do you write, then add character looks?
Ray: I play touch and go. I don’t want to be typical or cliché because I’ve read some writers, and I want to show my reader what the character looks like along with the story. Some people just start out saying the age, height, and other things too soon. I want to show the action first and then blend in the appearance.
NR: What attracts you most about women?
Ray: Well, first of all, I like a woman with brains (I don’t have time for dummies)! The other thing is the woman with a bad-girl type and very funny and interesting. I like women who can come out with raunchy jokes as well, because she shows how much of a live personality she has. I’m also attracted to women who are outspoken, emancipated, and affectionate; size, cups, and shapes may vary (lol).
NR: We’re dying to hear about your latest book. What can you tell us without spoiling the storyline?
Ray: My Love Out Of Lust Series (m/f contemporary) was first introduced in the spring of 2013. When I first wrote the story, I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go, but then I realized it was gaining some momentum among readers, and I decided to continue on with the series. The story is about two roommates, who grew up together during childhood, go through some personal issues – Marisol with an ex-boyfriend; Daryl with an ex-wife. When the two talk out their problems over some drinks at home, some intimate secrets were disclosed and the two shared a moment of passion together. But one time isn’t consider enough, their friendship was taken to a new direction where they were friends with benefits and now lovers in a relationship, but the two will have to handle their personal drama together. This book is not one of those fantasy romances, rather a ‘gritty-romance’ to intrigue readers.
NR: Where can our readers find you and your books?
Ray: Anyone is welcome to find me on my blog: The AfterDark World with RaySostre, on Twitter: @anarchy0029; My Facebook Author Page: AuthorRay Sostre.
All of my books can be found on Smashwords, All Romance eBooks, Amazon, and Kobo. I have a number of self-published books on there.
NR: Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?
Ray: In light of my series, I’m happy to have readers that enjoyed it, and my next installment with be more dramatic.
NR: What is your favorite night time snack?
Ray: Oh god, lol, almost anything delicious. Although, I’m an ice cream man at this moment. Gotta have that sweet tooth satisfied.
NR: Do you like toppings on your ice cream?
Ray: Not really, I’m more into plain vanilla or chocolate.
NR: What’s your favorite meal - Italian, Mexican, Thai, etc?
Ray: I’ll say all three, but NOTHING trumps sushi. I can have that for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with my girlfriend if I could.
Ray will give away one of his entire Love Out Of Lust Series to the lucky commenter on our blog post who can correctly answer this:
QUESTION: What is the name of Ray Sostre's Blog?
ONE Love Out of Lust Series
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the ENTIRE COLLECTION is what you win! GO!