Robin Ray

Biography

Robin was born in Trinidad & Tobago and emigrated to the U.S. when he was 12. Always an avid reader, he soaked in many a title in his youth which he followed up by studying English at Iowa State University. Primarily a nurse throughout his lifetime, he always paused to focus on two passions - music and writing. His music endeavors include playing in rock bands, recording albums and working as a recording engineer in a studio he co-owned in NY city. Finally taking a break from music, he re-focused on his other love, writing. Thus far he's written two novels, five novellas, five screenplays, and numerous short stories. With a work of non-fiction also under his belt, his genres run the gamut from mystery to horror, crime to romance, science fiction to historical fiction. Having lived a journeyman-type of life, Robin has been in the company of poor folks and millionaires, spiritual leaders and gangbangers, city dwellers and rural farmers, the ultra-religious and free thinkers. Each situation he has experienced has helped shape and infuse his work with their colors, some of it vibrant, others quite devastating. Besides working as a nurse and recording engineer, he's also driven a taxi, worked the grill and maintenance at several fast food restaurants, worked at an animal shelter, overnight stocked at a retail giant, was a camp counselor and worked with developmentally disabled adults at a long-term psychiatric center.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I'm a news hound, so a lot of my free time is spent perusing online sites like CNN, AP, ABC News, Washington Post, Seattle Times, and other organizations. I take the news I see on social sites with a grain of salt because I feel they can be skewered one way or the other based on the writer's political interests. Fiction-wise, I can be all over the place, from special interest stories to horror to historical fiction. I also like reading biographies; some people have led fascinating lives and I'm always curious to know what made them tick, what kept them pushing on despite the fact that those around them thought they were too obsessed with their endeavors.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer. I prefer PDF's.
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Where to find Robin Ray online


Where to buy in print


Books

Obey The Darkness: Horror Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 116,610. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Obey The Darkness: Horror Stories is a collection of sci-fi, psychological, fairy tale and supernatural novellas, novelettes and stories containing creatures, situations and motifs from as far away as Trinidad & Tobago and the Mayan Empire to the crystal-embedded fields of central Arkansas.
Strung Out: A Novella
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,570. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Strung Out: A Novella is a collection of two stories. The first, "Strung Out," is a cautionary coming of age tale set in urban America. The second, "A Walk in the Park with Mozart" takes a look at the contrasts between 18th century Vienna and 20th century city life through the eyes of one of mankind's famous geniuses.
Wetland: A Love Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,530. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Three young men in the Emerald City are searching for that elusive substance some people often find very difficult to locate - love. Seattle is at once a beautifully, arresting metropolis with its gleaming spires and scenic parks, and a powerful background for personal and spiritual growth. Will all three men who seek a commitment in the rainy kingdom find what they're looking for?
You Can't Sleep Here: A Clown's Guide to Surviving Homelessness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,080. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Disasters & Disaster Relief, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Homelessness is like a snowstorm - you never know when it'll strike. I wrote this book from my first-hand perspective of homelessness. It's to help you deal with life in the unforgiving street. My approach is humorous in nature, after all, isn't being homeless bad enough without me making it seem so hopeless?
Stranded in Paradise
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,930. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
In 1960, the seven survivors of a cruise ship disaster discover an uncharted island near the Bermuda triangle which its only two residents-in-exile, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, call home. One of the survivors, the ship’s German-born captain who is facing a jail sentence back in Florida, must choose between his loyalty to America or gaining riches in helping the ex-dictator develop the 4th Reich.
Tears of a Clown
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,540. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
How well do you know your neighbors? A small town's best & brightest high school students are being eliminated one by one by a goth-inspired wise-cracking clown, forcing their valedictorian to unwittingly link up with a special investigator to help stop the carnage.
Commoner the Vagabond
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,210. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Inspirational
A young airman with Asperger’s, summarily discharged from military duty and plagued by mental health issues, becomes homeless and has frequent encounters with the law. Through his exploits, he inadvertently provides the inspiration for a popular TV show and becomes the hope of the poor and downtrodden in Seattle, Washington.
Murder in Rock & Roll Heaven
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 89,280. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Heaven's in an uproar. No one dies there, but that is what happened to singer Amy Winehouse. This creates a rift between the angels and citizens. With trust between the two groups now at an all time low, a newly arrived PI and his partner are tasked to interview the prime suspects of the 27 Club - Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin before Heaven is forced to close its doors forever.

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