Ray Wil

Biography

From a very early age I had a love of books. Actually, it was really comic books. Like many boys my age I loved seeing Superman the Krytonian, flying through the sky with the bright red cape or the incredible Hulk in his emerald green power smash through army tanks. I didn’t read the comics though, but simple marveled at the pictures and then tried to create them myself. I had no idea how to move from one panel box to the next. The minute I learned how to crack this cryptic puzzle was one of the happiest days of my life.

I also developed and love all things artistic including poetry and storytelling, which are two important prerequisite for a writer.
As a young man, like many my age, I had questions that needed answering and reading seemed to be the best way of quenching this thirst. How else would one find out how a heavy thing like an airplane flies or what the hell is shadow boxing. An encyclopedia.
Credit also goes to some great teachers.

My inquisitive mind led me to the interest of many things from sports, music, drama and art. Growing up with two competing brothers also I might have tried to carve out my own space within the household.

Now a father of two great children I'm amazed everyday at the different world they grow up unlike the one I remember.

One of my goals as a young man was to become an author and I feel privileged and incredibly appreciative to be pursuing my dream.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me in writing is in creating something from a simple idea and watching it flourish and grow through the writing process. This is something I'm in love with. It doesn't require large sums of money or knowing certain people or being born any special place in particular.

It amazes me how simple words on a page can take on a life of their own and literally brings one out of their surrounding into another reality. Despite what and how you were feeling just moments before a good story and the power of a word can do that.
Who are your favorite authors?
As a teenage and in my early twenties Stephen King was my favorite author. I wanted to be like Stephen King and move people emotions like he did. As I've grown older and pondered on some of the books i've enjoyed that have influenced me the most in my writing my favorites begin to take on different universe entirely.

William Shakespeare was someone a love in school and still do today. If I walk around an speak like the characters do in a Shakespeare book then I would be content.

George Orwell influenced me to reach for themes and social issues in a broader context.
Ben Okri who won the Booker prize in 1991 whose work blew my mind with the sheer poetic nature.

There are a few others I'm sure and possibly many more when I get to reading the ones I haven't gotten yet.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Ray Wil online


Books

The Devil's Numbers
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,990. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
What would the last man on the planet do if everyone around him were like a still photograph. Much has changed in the shattered world. Andy has survived his first brush with the numbered men only to come out broken and injured. The effects of their planet altering machinations have left him with more questions and susceptible to experimental tinkering. He has been physically changed.
The Devil's Playground
Price: Free! Words: 14,640. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
What if the world fell asleep and only one person was awake. What would the last man on the planet do if everyone around him were like a still photograph. When Andy, a frustrated office worker awakens to find the world around him completely immobilized and in some kind of coma, he must find a way through the nightmare to survive and stay sane.
Good Note
Price: Free! Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Urban
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A short flash fiction tale of when desperation meets opportunity aboard a commuter bus.
The List
Price: Free! Words: 8,160. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
Everyone makes list. Shopping list, playlist and bucket list. Lisa, a white female makes her bucket list after a near death event. This very much intrigues Micheal, a young black man who is coming off a devastating heart beak . All the brave and sexy things Lisa has been afraid to do but cannot find in her lifeless marriage. Micheal is eager to get started but their first real life meeting i

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