Interview with Ray Daley

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sleeping. Eating chocolate. Watching old sf shows. Reading. Oh, and attending the Eye Clinic.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, I started writing stuff when I was about 8 or 9. I had an English teacher called Mr Lewis, he was quite an old fella as he'd been at the school teaching some of my older siblings so he was pretty long in the tooth but he was a really positive influence as he let me write whatever I wanted.
I recall one of the oldest things I wrote being a time travel story where I was the hero but I died at the end after I was burnt at the stake for being a witch.
What is your writing process?
It varies. I either get an idea and start typing it up or I get the idea when the computer isn't switched on and I hand write it then type it up the next day.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own (I have had 1 cover designed for me), I generally use images that I think reflect the content. I choose line art that I colour in myself or choose a few images and splice them together. I have had 1 cover created for me (the book is currently still being written) and another has been farmed out (yes, book also in production) recently. Unless I credit someone in my authors notes then my covers have been created by me, perhaps not completely from scratch (sometimes I see a piece of an image and use it, I'm a bit of a visual magpie) but they are all done by me.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction mostly, Robert Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison, William Gibson.
Or humour, Terry Pratchett, Tom Holt, Robert Rankin.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, K3 keyboard, wifi only. It's been rooted so I have better screensavers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Coventry, I don't think it has influenced my writing apart from the fact I am very much a city boy though I grew up in the suburbs.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This might upset some users but I actually get more downloads from Feedbooks.
Sorry Smashwords, but it's true!
Smashwords has got me onto Itunes which I'm quite proud of.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I write to amuse myself, I write the stuff I'd read. If anyone else enjoys it then that's a bonus as far as I am concerned.
What are you working on next?
Currently nothing, I have a lot of stuff finished and ready to be released. It's nice to be ahead of the game for a change.
Published 2013-10-27.
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Weapon Of Choice
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Prove you can survive and you'll become a productive member of your society. That's unless the zombies don't get you in The Killing House first! So choose your weapons carefully, because you've got the rest of your life to regret those choices. However short or long that may turn out to be!
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Price: Free! Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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The Machine Is Working
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When The President says something he needs to forget in a hurry then it's time to send him to The Machine. But how can the world be sure he's really forgotten that vital detail?
The Bomb
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When a bomb is deprived of its creator, how will it react? Perhaps by doing the one thing it was made to do? Or can it be stopped?
One Smaller Step
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When one man is sent to scout the location for the first Lunar Dome, are the steps he takes the first ones ever made there? Or is he walking in someone elses footsteps?
Something Borrowed, Something Blew
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Never complain about your luck, at least it's yours. Even if it is ALL bad. One day you MIGHT get a break!
The 53rd Attempt
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Keep trying until you succeed, no matter what you are attempting. Even if it's the attempt to discover time travel. Better luck next time, perhaps?
Copy, Write
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An advertising agency in the golden age of radio is no place for a science fiction writer. Or is it? Find out inside!
Panic Over Metropolis
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What makes a man super? What makes him think he is a superman? What makes him think he IS Superman? Find out along with Clark Kent.
Missing Pieces
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When an ex-serviceman seeks answers about his military past, how far will people go to make sure he finds out exactly what he wants to know? And how much harder will they work to make sure he doesn't?
Waking Up Different
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In the course of medical advances, there may come a time when we can safely freeze ourselves and wake in what will hopefully be a better, brighter future. The operative word there being "hopefully".
For The Lack Of A Spoon
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When the Owl & The Pussycat went to sea, it wasn't such an wonderful journey as Edward Lear would have you believe. And all for the smallest of reasons. Definitely NOT for children, ADULTS ONLY.
The Ground Beneath My Feet
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When Earth finally can't supoport us all mankind has to come up with an alternate plan to ensure the survival of the species. The ships that carry the seed of humanity out into space won't always find perfect worlds, this is the story of one such discovery.
Patient Review
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The Doctor once said "I am definitely a mad man with a box" but what if that's what he REALLY was? Perhaps that might explain his behaviour?
Visiting Hours
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When roles are reversed and The Doctor is taken, can Susan save him on her own? A "What if?" Doctor Who fanfic short story written under Creative Commons terms. If you like it, feel free to tweet me @RayDaleyWriter
The Gallifrey Five
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An ancient craft, long forgotten, adrift alone, sending out a distress call. Simply trying to get back home. Imagine it's surprise when it discovers someone from its homeworld. (Doctor Who fanfic, written under creative commons terms)
Echo Beach
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Two men during World War Two, one anxious to serve, the other just wants to stay alive. How can one man help another? Written by a veteran and released specifically for Armistice Day 2013. Remember our troops, both past and present. They give up their today so you might have a tomorrow.
The Short Trip
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What lengths will a Doctor Who fan go to in order to retrieve missing episodes?
Service Provider
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The best way for a business to be recommended is by word of mouth, something that really works well for this particular Service Provider. Until now....
The Realisation
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As a recent arrival to America, a young boy is taken trick or treating by a strange class-mate. Does his realisation come too late?
The Last Day With My Friends (In The Marble Orchard)
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Now the war is over, the fight for peace, prosperity and shared knowledge is just as important. But some knowledge is too important to be shared.
Allan Rickman Will NOT Die
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On a quest to assist a famous British actor into the afterlife but he won't go gently into that good night so what are the two Hollywood "Undertakers" to do? Read on and find out!
Dinner With Grandma
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On a visit to Grandma, Red discovers that not everything is as it seems. A Fractured Fairytale.
All The World In Wax
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Small town life is made that much more interesting by the annual carnival but is the greatest attraction more than it initially seems?
First One There Dies
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Can the first crew to land on Mars uphold a deadly ancient local tradition and still all survive?
Moments In A Crowd
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The moments in a crowd can make a lifetime. And they can end one too. Trying to stop a killer is like trying to stop a runaway train, can our hero succeed?
The Time On The Island
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They say no man is an island. Perhaps he can become one under certain circumstances?
The Mason Procedure
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A conveyor belt of warm bodies brings a constant stream of eager new young volunteers to fill the dangerous jobs in space. Every day is lived on the edge of danger where the slightest slip will find them in harms way.
Artificial Intelligence
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Letters Home
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A good service person sends a letter to their loved ones back home as often as they are able. Can those at home truly believe everything they read though?
Slipping Away
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When Aliens finally arrive are they here to save at least some of us? As a species, love is the our one redeeming factor but can it keep those we care about close to us forever?
The Night Bus
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For some the joy is in the destination, for others the joy is in the journey. Eventually we will all arrive at the same destination, some sooner than others no matter how we travel. Welcome aboard The Night Bus, stopping at all points from terminus to terminus.
Extra Special Forces
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In the fight against occupation, Partisan fighters use sex as their weapon. And they are deadly.
The Grandfather Army
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A loyal Drill Sergeant proudly trains the next batch of recruits to go off to war. Until things get personal.
The Angry Vagabonds
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A fantasy tale set when animals still spoke, and how one such group lost that power.
The Red Bra
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Because in the end things are just things, it's those we love in our lives who really matter.
Terminator; The Razors Edge
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To know who you are, you must know who you have been. Just be careful what you dig up from the past!
Welcome To New York
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The tourist attraction of the past is also the tourist attraction of the future - for an entirely different reason!
Incursion
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Every Universe that can play out, has and currently is. Not everyone likes the Universe they were born in, even fewer dare to think they alone can change it for the better.
A Flash Of Inspiration; A Collection Of Flash Fiction Stories
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A collection of 28 weird and unusual Flash length stories covering various genres.
Keep Off The Grass
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Some say the entire Universe can be altered by the flapping of a butterflys wings. It is the job of this traveller to find out where his Universe is broken, and fix it. Quickly, before his Grandmother finds out!
Milk Run
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On a regular planet hop made many times before without incident the first blemish on a perfect record is only ever less than a second away. When the worst happens can anyone save them?
The Duel
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A duel to the death! Pistols at dawn, honour to be satisfied. Only one man can come out of this unscathed. He'll make sure he's the right one, he's got an unfair advantage.
Terminator; Reborn
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In the human resistance against the machines his name is legend. Almost nothing is harder to kill than a legend. Except.......
It's A Wonderful (After) Life
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The purpose of Life is to make the world a better place after you leave, is the purpose of Death exactly the same thing? Caution, contains some swearing!
What You Never Read In The History Books
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They say History is written by the winners. When it comes down to it, what do you REALLY know about historical characters other than what is written down? Caution! Contains some swearing.
One Plus One Makes Me
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Is a prison with no bars still a prison? Or is the mind the worst prison of all? Worse than the sentance of being completely alone?
In The Mouth Of The Gift Horse
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Surprise presents are very nice, even to tyranical dictators. Sometimes the surprise is that anyone will even SEND you a present!
All The Pretty Boys From Charm School
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Work hard at your studies and one day you too will make someone a wonderful husband. Unless you decide to smash the system from within of course.
Not Eddie
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Many things are done in the cause of Friendship. Friends don't let friends go out the hard way.
The King Of 8.04PM
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Some wait patiently for their reign as absolute Monarch. Others are not so patient. Witness the shortest reign in history.
The Case Of The Invisible Man
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The life of Sherlock Holmes as viewed by Doctor John Watson It's Holmes, but not as you know him!
Recognition
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Recognition is the best form of identification. Knowing is half the battle. Being able to recognise the signs keep yourself and everyone else alive. Know your enemy.
Peril At The Pop-up Library
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What happens in a library when a pop-up book does more than just pop up? Find out inside!
Missing, presumed vanished
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After the escape from a robbery almost becomes a disaster, can two fugitives stay free from the long arm of the law?
The Sniper
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One man, one plan, deadly over long distance. The sniper seeks to fulfil his final mission. Or is it? Caution! Contains swearing.
The Boy Who Wouldn't Listen
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Do people get what they deserve when they don't listen? Can they learn from their mistakes?
The Rogue Missile
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To prevent the deaths of millions, a groundbreaking technology is utilised. Where the Rogue Missile went? Only time will tell.
The Illuminators
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Every person thinks they have one good book in them. It is the job of The Illuminators to sort the good from the bad. Sometimes they are wrong. This is one example.
Three Hours Past Midnight
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What passes through a gate guards mind to occupy the time on a night shift? WARNING! Contains swearing!
Death Wears A Black Basque
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A desperate man on the run from a shadowy past is caught by the one thing he feared above everything else. When faced with his fate will he go quietly?
Tales To Distress Part 1 - The Big Bad Wolf
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In a land ravaged by the zombie apocalypse, how will three little pigs cope in their newly built homes? Are they ready for all the evils that this world has to offer?
The Process
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Set in the world of Blade Runner long before the days of the Nexus 6, we follow the workers of Tyrell Corps as they impliment The Process. Is it all it seems?
The Day We Joked About The Dead
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Even after the dead have risen the living will try to carry on a normal existance. And try to laugh in the face of adversity. Where ever that's possible.
The Nature Of The Lady
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A solitary Captain & his AI ship roam the depths of space charting new places and meeting new life forms. In a deadly game where chance counts has his luck finally run out?
The Day We Refused To Fight
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WAR! What is is good for? Absolutely nothing. So when faced with yet another pointless conflict the junior ranks decide enough is enough. All wars should be fought this way. (Contains some swearing)
The Secret Weapon
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After a global war with devastating losses does one side finally dare to use its fearsome secret weapon?
The One Commandment
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For a hundred centuries they sought the one who could decipher the last holy message. Could that one be found? Would the message bring the wisdom they hoped for?
Little Green Men From.....
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On an exploration mission into deep space to an apparently dead planet that suddenly starts sending out signals. What will they find? A warm welcome? Or?
The Invisible Knight Collection
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A collection of poems written over the course of many years about character from the days of nobility and chivalry and notes on how each poem started life.
The Spaceship To Last Week
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Can an amazing spaceship be used to save the Earth from destruction?
Blade Runner Time Line
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A time line showing the life of Doctor Eldon Tyrell and the formation of Tyrell Corps, along with the development of the various Nexus models. Prior to writing no details existed about Tyrells life or how Replicants were created.
A Taste Of Your Own Private Hell
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A great man once said "Hell is other people". I beg to differ. Find out exactly what hell is like in this short story.
Crash Report
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You'd better not shout, you'd better not cry. You'd better not pout, I'm telling you why. Something bad has happened to Jolly Old Saint Nick. Read what happened in this leaked document.
The Monster
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In a bedroom in the dark, someone is scared of The Monster. He is hiding, trying to keep himself safe from the creature he fears the most. Beware of the darkness, avoid the light, Fear The Monster, fear the night. Creature is coming, when you sleep, He is close, he will creep.
Will You Carry Me?
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The journal of Dad and his family, during the days of the zombie apocalypse. What it takes to survive and how it binds people together.
The Last Man In The War
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In a war on an unknown planet against an unknown enemy is Trooper Alex Ford truly the last man in the war?
Shadow Chasers
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A young runner rails against a former friends ego, using dark forces to wreak his revenge
In The Mist
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On a battlefield in some alternate dimension a lowly trooper deals with his situation as best he can
The Wipeboard (Terminator Flash Fiction)
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A short piece of flash fiction set in the world of The Terminator
Nursery Crimes - case 1
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A sideways looks at the real life of nursery rhyme characters
Name Deleted
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Price: Free! Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Screenplays » Sci-Fi
A 10 minute long script set in a dystopian future where political correctness has gone mad. Please note - THIS IS A SCRIPT! A new reformatted version has now been uploaded. Prior to that 64 other people had no issues with the formatting.
The Kid
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Price: Free! Words: 510. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
Flash fiction set in a Western frontier town
The Traveller
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Short piece of sci-fi following the idea of alternate realities