Ray Sullivan

Biography

Ray Sullivan was born in Flint, North Wales. Just before his 21st birthday he joined the Royal Air Force as an airframe mechanic, intially on a three year term which stretched to twenty four years, that saw Ray posted around the UK, Cyprus, Germany and the Falkland Islands working on various aircraft types ranging from the venerable Hawker Hunter to the battlefield horse, the Chinook.

He spent the second half of his military career in the technical training environment, as an instructor, training manager and finally as a project engineer on innovative engineering projects. It was during this period that Ray started to write - initially producing a 2 hour comedy script based on the X Files TV series and a series of short stories. Some of these stories were later revisited and morphed onto full-blown novels, and although the TV script never saw the light of day it proved a useful training ground in writing. In all of Ray's work he has drawn heavily on his military experiences and generally includes a serving or ex serving character to drive his plots forward.

Since leaving the RAF Ray has worked in various project roles and has experienced extended periods away from home, periods that provided the time and opportunity to develop his writing style, ultimately producing six full length novels plus two comedic novels to date plus a number of novels that are work in progress.

His first full novel, Parallel Lives, based on a short story written in 2000, was completed in 2004. Ray's second novel, The Journeymen, grew out of a short story written in 2002 and completed as an unrecognisably related novel in 2005. The third novel, Skin, was completed in 2007 and his fourth novel, DLF (listed as 'Digital Life Form on Smashwords and affiliated sites such as Apple) was published in 2011. The sequel to The Journeymen, Journeymen II: Day of Reckoning was released in 2013. Ray has also written two comedic books, The Last Simple and Project: Evil.

Ray's latest book, Assassin, is due to be released on 1 May 2014

All of Ray's books are available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBookstore and other channels in formats suitable for most eReader devices.

Ray is currently working on a couple of projects, including a shockingly funny look at the after life seen through the eyes of a Border Agency Immigration Officer who dies before his allotted time and is refused entry to Heaven due to not having enough points. Consequently he has to go 'over there' or complete a favour back on Earth, where he can attempt to improve his points. Only two problems - he's not allowed to discuss his after life experience with anyone, and the favour is for Satan, or Eric as he prefers to be known.

Ray can be emailed on raysullivan.novels@yahoo.com

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Like many indie authors, writing is a side interest that I'd like to make a main interest! Due to my desire to eat and keep a roof over my head I work as a wage slave for a living. Consequently my writing takes place when I'm at home, fed, watered and all my chores are done. Given a clean break, if I managed to earn enough from my writing I would write full time, in a heartbeat.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Although I'm not a great fan of Amazon - they clearly see self published authors as meat - I recognise that they do host a lot of good books, including my own. I subscribe to their deal of the day and encourage all readers to include that as a book discovery tool. I do harbour an unproven theory that they push books that are part of the KDP Select programme though - and if you're in any doubt about my opinion on that then take a peek at my blog (Google Ray Sullivan Sci Fi Zone) - you'll learn that I think it is the greatest threat to indie publishing going, it is so anti-competitive I can't believe they are allowed to push it.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Ray Sullivan online


Where to buy in print


Books

Assassin
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,340. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A tale of vengeance and pursuit in an age where values are distorted beyond recognition. John is the Assassin, a man wanted by the congress. He is stuck with Dave in a beach hut in a winter storm unaware that they are being pursued by congress agents. It's a long night, a long story and people will die.
Journeymen II: Day of Reckoning
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Series: The journeymen, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 69,490. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Alan Thomas and John Markerson reunite four years after the events at Jodrell Bank for another brush with the Journeymen, this time to prevent the Sons of Arlgon from being vanquished through a mass cull, a Day of Reckoning by the Journeymen.
Project: Evil
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,060. Language: British English. Published: July 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Brian wants a job; Barry Liam O'Feld, CEO of B L O'Feld Megalomaniac Industries needs a project manager to create an evil secret lair in the South Seas. Follow the project progress, bizarre meeting by meeting as Brian tries to deliver a weapon of mass destruction on specification, on time and on budget. Well, on specification anyway - it's a project, after all!
The Last Simple
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,370. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Bradford knows he’s the lead in a third rate parody. However, his ambition is to be the lead in a Dan Brown story, but doesn’t know if he has to dumb up or down for the gig. In ‘The Last Simple’, Bradford, a professor of Simpology from Harvard, follows clues left by the illiterati, ignoranti and even the bingoranti as he tries to track down the kidnapper of Lord Bartholomew.
Digital Life Form
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,170. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
DLFs (microscopic, bacteria-like Digital Life Forms) have been landing on Earth for Millennia, clinging to meteorites, looking for the right conditions to thrive. Royston inadvertently becomes embroiled in the secret and dangerous world of DLFs, which are responsible for all the electronic technological advances we all take for granted. In DLF he finds himself in a race for his life.
Skin
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 111,260. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Rory Callum, ex military, now industrial spy, undertakes his hardest assignment yet. Unable to remember the events that led to Rory walking out of the Iraqi desert as the shock and awe phase began, his new assignment pitches him into the most dangerous situations he has ever been exposed to while reigniting the secrets he has been suppressing.
The Journeymen
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Series: The journeymen, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 89,170. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Tom Roberts is a space vehicle designer with an idea that will move the possibilty of deep space exploration one step closer. However his Space Borne Sieve generates excessive interest from two groups, the Journeymen and the Sons of Arlgon, with often violent repurcussions. A book that covers tens of thousands of years and nine light years, it has a back story that affects us all.
Parallel Lives
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,150. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In a country paranoid about getting the inside track on intelligence, using the ability of a rare few to access parallel universes leads to unscrupulous methods. John Staples is effectively a prisoner of the State and it falls to his boss to release John, to hide him from the various Govenmental agencies attempting to restore him tothe clutches of the secretive DTRU.

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