Ray Stone

Biography

Ray Stone is an accomplished author with a variety of published works to his name. Born just outside London in 1946, he grew up in post war Britain during a period of depression and ration books, bombed out housing and BBC radio. At school he won a writing competition at the age of eleven and later in his teens went on to widen his interest in the arts.

At the age of eighteen he began writing poetry and lyrics whilst studying at college. Two years later Ray worked in theatre as a technician with many orchestras’ and artists including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Mantovani, The original Doyle Carte Opera Company, Harlequin Ballet, Joan Baez, Jimmy Hendrix, Oscar Peterson and worked on local shows such as My Fair Lady, Camelot and West Side Story.

His poetry won him first place in 1998 in an international internet poetry competition with ‘Angry Silence.’ Moving to Colchester in the same year he wrote a full page article about the historical significance of the locale and was published with a by-line in the local press. Whilst writing his first novel Ray returned to writing lyrics and teamed up with a local composer. Together they produced and recorded five blues numbers.

A book of poetry and lyrics, Life over a cup of Tea, was published in 2011. Ray’s first novel, ‘THE TROJAN TOWERS,’ was published in 2005. A second political thriller, the first of the Enda Osin Mysteries, ‘ISIA’S SECRET,’ was published in September 2013. The next in the series, ‘TWISTED WIRE,‘ was published in September 2014. In 2015 Ray will publish a follow on to The Trojan Towers, a chase thriller entitled 'CRATE OF LIES.' The last in the Enda Osin series will be published in 2016. All of his works are available in E version, print, and shortly on audio too.

Ray’s favourite authors are Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Neville Shute, Alistair Maclean, C.S.Forrester, Len Deighton, Daniel Silva, Ernest Hemingway – and the list goes on.

Ray Stone has lived in and around London’s colourful EastEnd and the café sets of Westminster and Kensington. Rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous-and infamous he has acquired a unique insight into the lives of both criminal and upper classes that give his works a believable realism. Ray moved to the USA in 2003 and married. He has since retired from a successful landscape design business and now lives on Cyprus with his wife and fellow author, Mrellan Harahan.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK. I started writing at an early age and was encouraged a great deal by my father who got me interested in reading Dickens.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at the age of ten and at eleven, won a short story competition at school.
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Books

Twisted Wire
Series: An Enda Osin Mystery, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,170. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Enda Osin loves political intrigue. An MI5 mole draws him to industrial espionage. The USA are building a hyper-speed rocket. Caught in a dangerous Russian plot with a cell of spies, he’s been duped into helping the Russians build the same craft while causing a disaster, endangering lives. With Jessica Du Ross, he must expose the Russians and help the US fly first.
Isia's Secret
Series: An Enda Osin Mystery, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 91,810. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
(5.00)
Correspondent Enda Osin and assistant Jessica must foil Paul Hrisacopolis’ twisted political dream for Cypriot Sovereignty if Isia’s secret is kept safe. With an influential position beckoning in the EU, Paul has an heir with hatred in his heart, seeking revenge. While Enda struggles to end the nightmare, he unfolds the tragic tale of two women living lives of poverty, and a murderous grandson.
The Trojan Towers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 121,580. Language: British English. Published: July 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.60)
Harry Cohen, London Mossad Chief, and ex con Raithe Ravelle, must retrieve a rare Russian icon crucial to the success of Middle East peace talks and stop it from getting into the hands of ex Stasis agent Leiberman who has kidnapped Raithe’s daughter, Natalie.

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