First of all, who is Ray Sostre?
About Ray Sostre:
I am New York born, East Coast raised, and West Coast bound
Writing erotica happened to me by accident in the summer of 2010. That same year, I established a story submission site – AfterDark Online, a media site specifically for authors of erotica.
My current works are Love Out Of Lust Series, including the debut of Darla Loves Tyler Series that is finally schedule to release in 2015. What I generally write is m/f erotic romance, lesbian erotic romance, and ménage. I’m always a busy man, working several projects while maintain a real life outside of my writing.
I live in Nevada with my long-time girlfriend, and am an avid listener of electronica, and enjoys writing and publishing articles. I’m always joking, when I say: “I’m always looking for writing material.”
Visit his blog: The AfterDark World with Ray Sostre
Facebook Fan Page: Author Ray Sostre
Follow him on Twitter: @anarchy0029
Also on Google + : Ray Sostre
1) What am I working on?
I’m currently working on several projects. I’m re-working a novella from my very first erotic story published “Lonely Hearts.” This will be a free read for an anthology call that I’m answering for in fall. I’m also working on a series of stories where I’ve decided to go with a couple of publishers; one in particular through Bitten Press, which for some reason, I’ve been intrigued by it. I’m also working on a very gritty erotic romance series, which will release soon in May 2014, called “Love Out Of Lust Part 4”, and lastly re-working on my most favorite erotic novel, involving my tow favorite characters – Darla & Tyler – in “About The Night Ride Home”.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
While most woman love the bad boy types, or the alpha-male types. I’m not going in that direction; it’s just not me. I’m into – well (if I’m using the term correctly) metrosexual types. He’s definitely male, but not one of those aggressive types. I like to make the male characters easy-going. He can be dominant, without having to show that he’s dominant, but my male characters are always easy-going, where he’s not describe as a nice guy, but also a man who doesn’t take any shit. Who better knows about writing about guys than a male erotic romance author? I also like writing about emancipated women. Where all they want is someone special in their lives. But I couldn’t just write an erotic story, without using drama, scandal, secrets, and comedy. We’re human; everyone’s got each of those issues in their lives; even the saints in the relationships. I view life as a never-ending story, but in a story, it doesn’t hurt to add fantasy of a happy ending. I want my readers to relate to the gritty sexual fantasies, along with just a moment of fantasies. I’ve been criticized about not using enough realism, but hey, that’s the writer’s imagination, so as long there is a realistic minimum.
3) Why do I write what I do?
In the summer of 2010, I came across a website where authors were posting erotic stories, some were basically writing porn-no-plot stories, using derogatory words against women like they do in porno movies. I am a fan of porn, but when you put it in literature it’s really different. It was then when I decided to write erotica, which actually happened by accident. I wanted to show that men can write erotica without the porn-no-plots. I love drama, writing about people with secrets, issues, and most importantly – lust. While I prefer to write erotic romance, I always enjoy writing about lustful stories. We’re human, I think we’re allowed to lust responsibly.
It was also then, when I noticed a constant trend of women who write erotic romance stories of the typical male – blonde hair and blue eyes. I’m hispanic, and I also learned that there is a huge Hispanic readership, but the difference between me and the next Hispanic is that I’m an English-Speaking Hispanic (Hispanic by culture who speaks nothing but English), and there are a lot others alone. I believe heroes shouldn’t be just white with blonde hair and blue eyes. Most don’t usually think of it, or maybe don’t want to see it, but I believe heroes and heroines don’t come in one size, and I write interracial erotic romance without mentioning that I do.
4) How does my writing process work?
I’m very complex – and sometimes chaotic. A lot of this stuff comes to my head. I’ll just go ahead with an idea that pops in my head and write something. I also go by muses of some erotic photos or videos, depending what comes to my mind, and I’ll just write it down like it’s no tomorrow. I am a restless individual; sometimes a scatter-brain. I may come up with multiple ideas where I need to get it paper. Without my trusty flash drive and laptop, and the support of my girlfriend, I don’t think I would be going this far.
There are times I’ll be on a writing kick in the middle of the night, or very early in the morning, but when I’m on a roll, I’m on a roll! And I totally love it when I’m in that mode.