Interview with Donald Ray

When did you first start writing?
I guess I first started having aspirations about being a writer about 8th grade. I remember writing predictions of my classmates future careers and reading them on stage before the whole school. I have had story ideas in my head for many years in my long life. Since 2002, I have witten many poems. Then, I found SMASHWORDS! NOW I could publish my words to the world without the expense of agents and print publishers. I have just published my first book thru Smashwords: "Ode to a Protruding Gap Filler: A Multi-themed Poetry Collection". Another poetry collection will be published soon on Smashwords: "First Letter Bold & Brave: Alphabetical Acrostic Poems on Emotions". I have ideas bubbling in my head for more poetry collections and a science fiction series.
What are you working on next?
I hope to publish soon a poetry collection titled "First Letter Bold & Brave: Alphabetical Acrostic Poems on Emotions". In an acrostic poem, the first letter (which in my book is in BOLD type) of each line of the poem spells out a word when read down the page. This book contains 25 poems in alphabetical order (except for X): each poem expresses an emotion: from ANGER to ZONEDOUT.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is having someone enjoy what I wrote, even if it's just one person!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading
Who are your favorite authors?
I grew up reading the Masters of the Science Fiction Golden Age: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein.
I enjoy the "hard" science fiction writers: Larry Niven and Ben Bova
I also enjoy urban supernatural novels like the "Harry Dresden" series by Jim Butcher and the "Sookie Stackhouse'" novels by Charlaine Harris.
I will read anything by Stephen King!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible, because I am a Christian.
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke wrote poetical descriptions of alien worlds that fire the imagination.
The Foundation novels by Isaac Asimov. If you want to wirite about Galactic Empire, this is the touchstone.
The scariest Stephen King novel is 'Salems Lot!
"Ringworld" by Larry NIven. The Ringworld is the most immense alien world ever created by the human imagination.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In 8th grade, I wrote predictions for the future careers of my classmates and presented them on stage before the entire school. I predicted that I would be a chemist in my future and, lo and behold, I became a chemical enginner.
What is your writing process?
For my poetry writing, I just let it flow out of my head and onto the computer screen or onto the paper.
What is you favorite form of humor?
I enjoy making puns - the ones that evince the most groans the better. Why don't you send me your best puns thu my social media sites?
Published 2014-08-02.
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Books by This Author

Santa, Rudolph, and An Elf: A Christmas Trio Joke Book
Price: Free! Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
There is a traditional joke form that begins "A priest, a minister, and a rabbi walk into a bar...".In this book, a Christmas trio walks into this same bar and share other activities, and the hilarity that ensues. The Christmas trios include: Santa, Rudolph, and an elf; Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and a shepherd; and others. A companion to my book: "A Ghost, A Werewolf, and a Vampire".
A Ghost, A Werewolf, and A Vampire: A Supernatural Trio Joke Book
Price: Free! Words: 1,680. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
For The Week Before Halloween, This Joke Book Is FREE! There is a traditional joke form that goes "A priest, a rabbi, and a minister go into a bar...". What if more outrageous, supernatural trios went into that same bar or shared other activities? This book contains jokes about a ghost, a werewolf, a vampire, a witch, a skeleton, a troll, among others.
First Letter Bold & Brave (Alphabetic Acrostic Poems on Emotions)
Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This book contains 25 acrostic poems describing emotions. The emotions are in an A to Z list (excluding X). In an acrostic poem, the first letter of each line of the poem spells a word or words when read down the page. The reader will discover in these poems the physical exhilaration of being INLOVE and the pure joy of being YIELDED to the will of God, among other sensations.
Ode To A Protruding Gap Filler: A Multi-Themed Poetry Collection
Price: Free! Words: 2,420. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This book is a multi-themed poetry collection. The themes are: Romantic, Christian Faith, Christmas, Space and Science Fiction, and Miscellaneous. The title poem, "Ode to a Protruding Gap Filler" honors the brave crews of the Space Shuttle missions and disparages small-minded politicians. The poems are structured (no free verse for this poet): rhyming couplets, acrostic poems, and a haiku.