Love Out Of Lust Series

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Seven Lovely Things about Ray Sostre

I was tagged by Sarah Michelle Lynch, an indie-author of sci-fi, romance, and erotic romance – one noted for her work The Chambermaid Series. Sarah asked me to participate in the Seven Lovely Things Blog Tour.

The rules are simple, share 7 Lovely Facts about myself, nominate 15 blogs (or as many as possible) that I enjoy reading, and nominate those same 15 blogs to do the same, linking back to my post.
So now you get to learn seven lovely things about me, Sarah Michelle Lynch:

Seven Lovely Things about Ray Sostre

  1. First, and foremost, I’m an erotic romance author. When I got into writing erotica, it was by accident when I came across a story on a story submissions site (which I won’t name) that was written in a style of porn-no-plot. I told the guy he wrote like shit, and I was later challenged by the author to do better. It was then everything else became history in the summer of 2010. Six months prior to becoming an erotic romance writer, my father and I spoke on the phone, and he was telling me that I should get back to writing. At that time, I was laid off from work and was going through a dark period in my life. When I wrote erotic stories, it was giving me a purpose, helping me get through some down moments in my life.

All of my books are under my real name – Ray Sostre. However, it isn’t the legal name I was given at birth. I’ve been called Ray since I was eight years old. My driver’s license says otherwise. LOL.

  1. When I thought of AfterDark Online in the beginning of 2009, I was thinking of creating an online adult store, where I sell pornographic videos, sex toys, condoms, and lingerie. I was looking to go into business with my stepson, but he had his kid born and I was left to decide where to go with the idea. By the summer of 2009, I decided to put it on hold until I was laid off from a job in February 2010. I knew I had too much time on my hands, and I re-trained myself on learning how to develop a website. I initially created the website in June of 2010, but at that time I had only intended to create a social website, until I decided to make it a story submission site, and officially launched the site on October 11th, 2010.

  1. AfterDark Online was named after my personal label when I was a club DJ in the late 1990s and early 2000s making mixtapes. I mixed mainly electronica and bass. I’m still a fan of the genre, while I love listening to hip hop and R&B. Until this day, I have the respect of all the mixmaster DJs in the club. I would rather go listen to a DJ than a band in the night clubs. And before I drop dead, I hope to party at one of the major venues in my hometown – New York City, just one last time.

  1. The erotic stories that I writer are exclusively fictional. None of them are based on true stories of others. In fact, I prefer to write about non-alpha males who are easy-going and women with personal demons. Plus, I prefer to write interracial romance and a genre of what I call Hispanerotica (erotic romance of Hispanic characters). I hate writing the typical cliché stuff that I’ve read in books, because I’ve noticed the constant trend in description of characters and stories, and I don’t believe in following a market that makes it very typical.

  1. When I first wrote the series Love Out Of Lust, I didn’t know what I was really doing in May 2013. I wasn’t sure if I wanted the story to be a series of sexual adventures or just make it dramatic as possible, but it was then when I looked at my erotic novel (yet never published; a work-in-progress) About The Night Ride Home and decided to make it a dramatic erotic romance. I knew I had something different and unique in the story, but I wanted to be identifiable among Hispanics, because I’m from a Hispanic descent (Puerto Rican), and the number of my fans are Hispanics. I knew had something going.

  1. Despite the number of stories I enjoyed writing, my most favorite story to write is About The Night Ride Home – the beginning of Darla Love Tyler Series – a story about a lonely, easy-going young man who’s life is changed when he encountered an adventurous woman on the train with secrets. What I love about the story is the fun I can create between the two, of course with the erotic adventures involved. While I all my stories have erotic grittiness, About The Night Ride Home will be the only story filled with light-hearted fun and adventure with a twist of erotica. I wanted to paint the most dreamiest interracial couple ever.

  1. My biggest fear is being out of touch with the times. I look at the people around my age and baby-boomers, and already they want to reminisce about how times were more fun in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, never accepting the fact that their heydays are long over. While, I am fond of the times, I believe in moving forward with the times. I didn't want to be like the older generation, criticizing the young for making their world disappear. I remembered what it was like to be young and idealistic; I never like to forget where I come from. The day I ever think that way is the day I need to sleep in a grave of ignorance. Even though MTV doesn’t play music videos, and hip hop music of my time is not the same, I still prefer to listen to new music and get to know who’s the hottest DJs on the scene (hip hop, R&B, and electronica).

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