Author Interview with Victoria Ray

Victoria Ray NB
Victoria Ray
Dulcinea and The Death Code

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born in Moscow but grew up in a small city in Belarus. My parents were divorced and for almost 10 years (during my childhood), my mother had 2 jobs: one was from 8 AM to 5 PM; the second was from 8 PM to 1 AM. I spent a lot of time reading and hanging with friends. I won a national poetry contest in Belarus. I studied classical literature, and I worked as a teacher for almost 9 years. For the last 12 years I have been living in Sweden. In August 2019 I’m planning on quitting my job to become a full-time writer. I also have two dogs: Sky and Daisy.

Describe the plot of your new book, Dulcinea and the Death Code, in a few sentences.

This is a story about a girl with unusual DNA. She is a Death Code from a place called A-Ria. What is A-Ria? Nobody knows. But Dulcinea and her new friends (kids with powerful abilities) are on the way to revealing the truth. Dulcinea is also going through a transition: from “not-caring” and “cold” child to “a sacrificing” friend, the one who is ready to protect the world and her family, even if it hurts. But as always, the bad guy – in our case, Reality – wins. At least in book 1. How? Read to find out…

What inspirations contributed to this book?

1. It is based on a vision from my meditation. 2. I tried to mix fantasy, romance, humor and bizzaro fiction.

Dulcinea must move from sunny Sumter, South Carolina to Sweden. In addition to leaving behind a familiar climate and culture, she must leave behind the people with whom she’s grown up. How does she handle this?

Dulcinea was born in Romania, but she moved to Sumter when she was a kid. She never had a lot of friends, but her life in Sumter was fun and secure. It’s always difficult to move to a new place, but you can overcome any obstacle with super friends like Joel, Osa, Loo and Brolle. These kids are from different countries and have absolutely contrasting stories, but they complement each other and they care about the Earth and Dulcinea – there lies their power.

Without giving too much away, tell us a bit about the mysterious glowing crack that follows Dulcinea around.

It is the entrance (the door) to access Reality (in a raw form), and at the same time, it is the exit, a lie and the play of Eilidh (you’ll meet IT in book 2).

Your story involves a lot of world building. Was it challenging creating fresh, new places and making them feel real?

I spared it for the next book. Of course, Dulcinea visit A-Ria 3-5 times, but we still don’t know what it is and why it wants to control the Earth.

Is there an author that has influenced your writing style?

I prefer to read short stories – mostly satire, humor, sci-fi or non-fiction (psychology and science). Also, I love crime and mystery books. My influencers are: O. Henry, Byron, Dostoevsky and Ray Bradbury.

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?

To see the world full of Ray’s fans.

How have your readers responded to the book so far?

Only my editors have read the book. They liked it (because of my ‘quixotic’ style). But I got 1 hate rating from a man on Goodreads, so I’m not sure… all I can say – this book is not for everybody. Mostly for: females, 13-25 years old. The book was published on Amazon on June 9. I’m looking for people who’d like to read my novel and who’d love to share their thoughts about the story and heroes. I’m providing a free copy (in any format) if you’ll send me an email:

Is there any aspect of writing you don’t like?

A lot of sitting. And snacking. I’m snacking a lot while writing.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If yes, how’d you deal with it? If you have not had writer’s block, why do you think you haven’t?

Some days I don’t feel the desire to write at all, and I never push myself to do something I don’t want to do. I’m living in the moment – in the Now. So, I have to enjoy it. Usually, I’m shifting between different hobbies, so I am never bored. Also, I’m working in so called “chunks” – all or nothing. That means I’m writing 3-4 weeks, and then I’m taking a break for 2 weeks. Repeat.

What do you have in mind for your next project?

Well, quite a lot.

  1. My book Damn Ray Reviews: 40 Books in Your Pocket will be published summer 2019.
  2. Poetry book, with a working title, The Legs: A Global Perspective On Society, is planned for autumn 2019.
  3. Book 2 in the series So Absurd It Must Be True, it is a mix of satire, sci-fi and erotica – winter 2020. Attention: only for adults! If you are 18+ you can check out book 1 on Amazon:
  4. My sci-fi novel The Pearl Territory. A few chapters are already posted on my blog. I’ll continue writing during the summer. You are welcome to follow the story. It is a mix of private journals and dialogues/scenes.
  5. Of course, The Secrets of A-Ria, Child of Illusion Series, Book 2 – summer 2020. I’m planning three books in the series Child of Illusion.
So Absurd It Must Be True

Is there anything else you’d like potential readers to know about your book?

  1. Written without any plotting or outline.
  2. Too many books give us “ready” answers; the author some way is “chewing” the idea and all we have to do is “digest” it. But I want you to think, to imagine, to create… that’s why this book has of a lot of mysteries – I’m simply giving you the space to move; to use your own fantasy.
  3. I added digital portraits for 6 heroes: Dulcinea, Erik, Osa, Loo, Brolle and Joel. And also a couple of poems.

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Author Video Splice Up Challenge – June – Week 1

Author Video Splice Up Challenge – June – Week 1

As a video enthusiast, I’m on a mission to enhance author branding by leveraging the power of video. (If you want to learn more, get in touch with us But, I noticed that quite a number of authors are not comfortable facing the camera and coming on screen.

So, I came up with this idea of splicing up videos from different authors to help them break the fear of camera. If you want to participate in the upcoming video challenges, write to us at

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An Interview with J. Edwards Holt

J. Edwards Holt

Born in North Carolina, United States, J. Edwards Holt always knew that he wanted to be a writer. After graduating high school, he attended college and pursued a degree in education, but later decided to change course and follow his dream to become a novelist and children’s author. Now a full-time writer, illustrator, and blogger, Holt spends his free time dreaming up stories and reading. He is passionate about spreading Christian messages through his writing, watching science fiction and super hero movies, and collecting comic books.

Describe yourself in five words
Determined to achieve personal success

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
Oddly enough, people that donʼt know me are most surprised to hear that Iʼm an author.

What makes you happiest?
Writing, publishing my works, and finding out that people have read my books.

Why do you write?
I write because I feel like I have a story that needs to be told. Also – itʼs something I enjoy.

Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes. I have enjoyed writing since I was in elementary school.  

What motivates you to write?
Iʼve read lots of book and seen lots of movies throughout my life that inspired me. I always watched and enjoyed them, but always felt that I had a story of my own to tell.

What writing are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the books I currently have out on the market, which include “Little Men, Big Treasures”, itʼs sequel, “The Summonerʼs Gem”, and “Small Courage: A Short Story.” All three of these books are available for purchase on Amazon.

What books did you love growing up?
I always enjoyed fantasy stories, like the Narnia series and the Harry Potter books. To sum it up, I always loved reading fiction.

How did you develop your writing?
Practice. Writing is just like anything else: in order to be good, you have to keep at it.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
Marketing, definitely. Writing and publishing are really the easy parts. Convincing people they need to choose your book over millions of others is the tricky part.

What marketing works for you?
I advertise a lot through social media, mostly Twitter and Instagram. I also do some public speaking to different groups that I feel may be interested in my work, which is helpful.

Do you find it hard to share your work?
I did at first. But, when people started giving me good feedback on my books, I became more confident and eager for a bigger audience to read them.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
Absolutely! From day one, my friends, and especially my family, have been behind me 100%.

What else do you do, other than write?
I also have a day job, working as a home health aide when Iʼm not writing.

What other jobs have you had in your life?
Before I took up writing, I worked as an elementary school teacher.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
Iʼve always enjoyed literature…and religion – I find that fascinating.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I do a lot of my writing by typing notes into my phone, and then later putting them all together on my laptop.

Is there anyone youʼd like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
Just my family and some of my friends. Theyʼve been behind me since I started on my very first book and they are still just as supportive.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? 
To me, success in writing is writing your story and getting it out there to as many people as possible. Whether you become a bestseller or not, the most important thing about being an author is telling your story.

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
As I said before, most of my marketing is done on social media. I have a number of followers on all the big sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
The last book I published is called “Small Courage: A Short Story”. Itʼs a short eBook (and only $.99), available on Amazon and free on Kindle Unlimited. I wrote it because it was an idea that came to me that features a young girl as the main hero. Itʼs an exciting story that teaches that we shouldnʼt judge others before we know them.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
Iʼm a beach guy. I love the sand and the sound of the ocean.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
I hope that I can leave people with a sense of faith and happiness from my writing. I want the reader to have fun, but I also intend to teach lessons through my works.

It’s good to know that you aspire to instill a sense of faith and happiness through your writing. Thank you for participating in this author interview and we wish you all the best in your writing career.

An Interview with Laura Johnson

Author Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson is a Southern lady from the great state of Texas. She lived in Florida for over 30 years and now resides in NJ. 
Laura was an entertainer for 30+ years. She traveled up and down the East coast from Florida to Maine as a vocalist with a dinner and dance band. She is currently spending part of her time as an audiobook narrator.
‘The Wonderful World of Audiobooks/Earn Money From Home As An Audiobook Narrator’ is Laura’s first book as an author. It was written to help others learn how they can become an audiobook narrator. 
Laura loves to read, cook, and spend time with her son and 4 grandchildren. 

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  • Where are you from? Texas
  • Why do you write? To help others and it relaxes me, fulfills a need.
  • What do you write about? My life experiences, hobbies, and journeys. 
  • Do you have a specific writing style? Not really, just write from the heart.
  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? Trying to decide what to write about next.
  • What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? The following review: “What a great read. A wonderful first hand experience style to an introduction to the narration world. If you’ve ever wondered if you could really pull off an audiobook narration this will absolutely inspire you. It certainly has inspired me!”
  • How long have you been writing? Since June of 2018.
  •  When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? Years ago, when I did some writing assignments in college. Just never followed through. Let life get in the way.
  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I am retired. So, I have no work schedule to follow.
  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I need total quiet, a cup of coffee, and feel the urge to write. That’s hard to explain, but I know when the urge comes on. It’s just a feeling I have.
  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non) Since I only write non-fiction, how-to guides, it doesn’t take as long as a fictional novel. The longest time I spent writing was on my new party planning book. It took about 3 months. The shortest amount of time was 1 month.
  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Not a clue. I was hoping you could answer that question.
  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? I don’t write stories, but my biggest challenge in writing is remembering the life experiences I want to write about. At 70, sometimes memories have faded. But I do a lot of research on the subject I am writing about and that usually jogs my memory.
  • What do you think makes a good story? Not my expertise. But I love good chemistry between the characters, lots of action, and of course, a happy ever after ending. I am a romantic at heart.
  • What does your family think of your writing? My family, son and grandchildren are very supportive and even those family members that I only interact with online, love what I am doing. My brother is one of my biggest fans. Haven’t seen him in a bout 6 years and he follows me on FB.
  • Do you see writing as a career? No career. I am too old for a career. Just a wonderful pastime and hobby that fulfills a need and keeps my mind occupied.
  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? Certainly. Never forget your passion. Follow your dreams wherever they may lead. Look at me 70 years young and living my dream.
  • When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I published my 1st book and saw my name on the cover on Amazon.

Do you have links that you’d like to share for others to read?

Most important links are:

Link to my new book is

Website is

Email is

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Fairies, Myths, & Magic: A Summer Celebration by Colleen M. Chesebro

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

An Interview with Author Gregor Reti

Author Gregor Reti

Dear readers,

This week, we have an interesting, passionate and honest writer as a guest for the author interview slot. I enjoyed interviewing him and I am now following him on social media. Please welcome author
Gregor Reti as we are about to read more about him and his book.


Gregor had an explosive life. At the age of 13 he died, met God, and lost all death-related fears. Gregor describes it as “a starting point that allowed me to explore life to the fullest, leading me to meet my Soulmate, experience creative sexuality, and meet a personalized form of the Universe.”

Born from Hungarian immigrant parents, Gregor grew up in Germany where he modeled and worked in the music business that brought him to Los Angeles. The book “Sex, Ego and Love” exposes the essential nature of courage by following his radically honest journey through life, after-life, bisexuality, transgenderism, soulmateship, celibacy, all punctuated with deeply spiritual reflections. The lessons he shares reveal a wise framework for liberating oneself from the claws of fear and embracing personal growth using self-awareness, authentic living, and self-love.  Inspired by his spicy erotica, Gregor uses his writing to fight for the ideal of truth while battling hypocrisy. “I wish I could prove faster how tightly courage and happiness are intertwined. We can only thrive in a radically honest environment”. His book, SEX, EGO AND LOVE, shows the devastating power of fear and how it isolates and cripples us, but also reveals a profound path to personal liberation.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear when writing? 

Ha, exactly that’s the main subject of this book. We all have the same issues when it comes to the power-tools of our egos. This book helps the reader to become self-aware, to conquer doubts, hence gain more confidence and sex appeal. The book also covers shame, insecurity, real-life erotica, sexual fantasies, ego, and love.

What do you think makes a good story?

I believe in radical truth, real life experiences, when shame is conquered and everything is exposed. We are all humans and being vulnerable is not a weakness but something darn sexy. Look at James Dean for example. He was emotionally torn and cried in his movie roles. How sexy was he?

What’s the most memorable thing said by a reader about your work?

This book helped a stepmother to conquer her depression. While reading this book she realized that it was her ego that fed her self-doubt that held her hostage for many years. She managed to break out of this horrific cycle.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

Please share yourself, not only with your lover, but with every friend and family member. You are setting an example for others to follow. Let’s cut the chains of insecurity, fear and shame or we run into isolation, sometimes even depression.

What scares you the most?

People who do not dare to live their lives fully. That’s either because they want to remain as victims or because they manipulate themselves to avoid any changes. All changes are important and good, and the more changes we have the more we become aware. This process develops courage so we can live and enjoy life fully.

What makes you happiest?

People stepping out of their comfort zones, daring to be radically honest and different. That creates more peaceful, happier and sexier people compared to the ones who force themselves to conform.

Why do you write?

I would like to set an example to show what kind of liberation is achievable if one opens up to his vulnerabilities and sexual secrets. I also write about my death, my soulmate, reincarnation, bisexuality, transgenderism, orgies, celibacy, threesomes… All of these are chapters of my life and now they transformed into chapters of this book, representing a powerful message.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

No, and I still don’t do, even though my storytelling supposed to be fascinating. I think this feedback is mainly based on the truth that is shared.

What motivates you to write?

I love to reach people who do not get on Youtube and TEDtalks. I have some of my lectures on Youtube but I haven’t managed to get on TEDtalks yet, but it will happen one day.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

At the age of 13 I died. Heaven was absolutely heavenly. There I was given the free will to decide what shall happen with me. I opted to come back based on my ambition to help this world. This finally comes true with this book. I hold free of charge lectures and workshops, some of them are on Youtube. I also set up a free online forum where people can express themselves freely and learn from each other: As humans we need honest reference points especially when it comes to our sexuality.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

I honestly do not care. I was here and will be back thousands of more times. These are too many obituaries to keep track of.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you live now?

I lived in Germany, Austria, Greece, Hungary, and spent the past 30 years in Los Angeles. Additionally, I had offices in Paris, London and New York, all of that had an imprint on me. In my childhood I was brutally beaten hundreds of times. Today I realize how uniquely this formed me to be who I am today. So yes, our individual realities that we take as the absolute application for everybody, represents only a 1/7 billionth fraction of what other realities are out there. Realities are individual interpretations and identifications of life experiences. This concept helped me a great deal to accept others and myself.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

All of the above. Maybe the hardest thing is to get over my insecurities, which manifest in complacency. All of us can reach most of our goals after we get over our childhood traumas and learn to accept and believe in ourselves.

What marketing works for you?

I haven’t figured it out yet. If you have ideas, please contact me.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

I was a record company executive, back when music was sold on CDs and vinyls. I was also a sex worker, a captain for sailing yachts, a telephone marketer, life insurance sales person (the ones knocking from door to door), limousine driver, marketing executive for multi national real estate developers, and a marketing manager for a Korean car manufacturer. I have strong ADHD that comes with bad memory, so I was not able to secure a steady career for myself. My dysfunction disabled me to study even though I wanted to. But again, these factors forced me to become the liberated and fulfilled person that I reached becoming today.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?

Anthropology and Psychology.

Tell us about your family?

I had a bad divorce in 2005. My two sons suffered tremendously. Now they don’t speak to me. I needed to learn to accept my and their fates. I would love to be there for them, but they don’t allow me to.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?

Eventually I will reach 300,000 individuals readers, regardless if they pay for the book or not. I know they will contemplate about the content and that will be my greatest success to influence each reader at a time.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?

Hunter S. Thompson, Buddha, Mick Jagger, Dalai Lama, Christopher Walken, Osho, Jimmy Hendrix, Jesus Christ, Tiesto, Steve Jobs, Chris Farley, Jean Paul Satre and some kick ass readers of this book.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

Humanity’s progress was powered by provocation and rebellion. My book is not a “cozy read.” It provokes, yet its raw honesty and erotica will entertain the reader. It will make them evaluate their lives and values. This book’s mission is not to make money or to gain respect, but to bring each reader closer to their authentic self, to make them realize that there is no need to conform, to feel oppressed and oppress others. Look how many women are mistreated by men, men who are cowards to liberate themselves from their social or religious angst. Look at all the sex trafficking in this world based on societies’ sexual hypocrisy. This book spells out the influence of the collective Ego.

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