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Lada Ray, Author and More

Posted on: April 12, 2013

 

What I love the most about blogging, is the wonderful people I meet in the blogging   world. Today I am featuring the author Lada Ray, an extraordinary individual with many talents who stops at nothing to pursue her dreams.

Thanks so much for being a guest on my blog Lada. I am always curious to learn more about other authors.

L: It’s my great pleasure to be your guest today, Darlene! Thank you for your gracious invitation!

 

You have a very interesting background. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

L: I was born in Russia, when it was still called the Soviet Union. Since the age of twenty, I’ve lived abroad. I studied linguistics (got M.A. in comparative linguistics) and traveled to a number of countries on most continents. For a while, I worked in Havana, Cuba as a translator. After coming to the USA, I worked as financial consultant at AIG and Smith Barney/Citigroup, after which I decided to travel to Asia to study Feng Shui and various metaphysical disciplines. I received my International Feng Shui Master certification from the famed feng shui author, Lilian Too.
 Presently, I write full-time at my Upstate NY residence. So far, I’ve written several books including mystery/thrillers Gold Train (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure), Stepford USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure), Green Desert (Accidental Spy Iraq Prequel), metaphysical fantasy novelette Catharsis, Legend of the Lemurians (Earth Keepers Chronicles 1) and my new release, The Earth Shifter, a visionary fantasy/thriller, which is an epic novel. I will soon be releasing Earth Keepers Chronicles 2 and 3: Lemurian Crystal and Atlantis. I’m also working on The Earth Shifter sequel: Key of Destiny.

What or who inspired you to write?

L: I think I’ve always wanted to write. When I was a child, I often put together stories in my head. But my life developed in a different direction, or rather directions, until one day I realized that I had acquired much knowledge, wisdom, and unique experiences throughout my life’s many adventures, and decided to share them with the world.

When you were a child, who were your favourite authors?

L: This is easy. My father was a huge history and international adventure buff. We had a large library of classical literature, including complete Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, Alexander Dumas (how much I adored those Musketeers!), Shakespeare, Fenimore Cooper, and many others. I also read Russian sci-fi, especially Brothers Strugatsky, and Polish author Stanislav Lem, as well as the Russian classics: Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky. Later, I couldn’t get enough of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. My fave author as a teen was (still is) Mikhail Bulgakov, author of incredible fantasies and other books based on real events: The Master and Margarita, Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Occupation (hilarious time travel comedy of errors, featuring Ivan the Terrible), Dog’s Heart, White Guard (about the 1918 Russian Civil War). I think Bulgakov was a major influence on my writing.

Who are some of your favourite authors as an adult?

L: Oscar Wilde, Rumi and Mikhail Bulgakov. Of contemporary authors, I actually enjoyed J.K. Rawling’s Harry Potter. There are more, but these are the ones that came to mind immediately.

What has been the defining moment in your writing career?

L: I would say that publishing The Earth Shifter qualifies as one. I’ve published several books before this one, but it all started for me with the idea of The Earth Shifter several years ago. It took me a while to figure out how to tell this complex, fascinating and inspired story. In the interim, I wrote several other books, including mystery/thrillers Gold Train and Stepford USA. But in the end, it all came back to The Earth Shifter. Seeing it finally on digital shelves, and now also in print, is a huge milestone, and I’m very happy!

Your books are an interesting mix of mystery, intrigue, history, action, fantasy, philosophy, culture and spiritualism. Where do you get your ideas?

L: As I said earlier, I have accumulated many ideas and experiences throughout my life. These experiences are longing to be shared with the world. I have many more ideas and projects – if only there was more time in a day!

I love that your books take place in different parts of the world. Have you been to all the places you write about?

L: Yes, I’ve been to most places I write about. If I haven’t been to one, I still know enough, either from talking to others or from my own research and knowledge of similar places.

Where is one place you have not been to that you would love to visit?

L: Tibet and Machu Pichu.

When you are not writing, or thinking about writing, what do you like to do?

L: I love hiking, walking and traveling. I also love working on my blog, playing with my kitty, doing photography, meditating, and doing various metaphysical experiments and studies.

Now for a few fun, personal questions, which do you prefer:

 Cats or dogs? Love all animals. I have a very cute kitty, but I equally love dogs.
Coffee or tea? Love the scent of coffee, but can’t drink it – maybe on special occasions. I’m primarily a tea drinker, with a large collection of Oriental green teas in my cabinet.
Lakes or oceans? Oceans and seas. I grew up on the Black Sea and some of my best memories are associated with it.
Cake or pie? Cake.

Now that we have that out-of-the-way, what advice would you give someone who is starting their writing career?

L: I like this quote: “A successful writer is the one who doesn’t give up.” Keep writing and keep sharpening your writing saw.

Anything else you would like to add?

L: Check out my new, top-rated fantasy/thriller THE EARTH SHIFTER! The ebook is available now, and the paperback is coming to Amazon in a few days. Gold Train second edition paperback is coming to Amazon in a few days as well. And Stepford USA paperback will be available at the same time.

For more about my books and other projects, visit my blog: LadaRay.wordpress.com.

Also, I wanted to add that I just started a new project called YA Revolution.

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This is a grassroots movement for books with message and meaning. To find out more about it and to join go to the official YA Revolution Page on my blog. All readers and writers are invited!

In conclusion, thank you very much, Darlene, for this fabulous interview! I enjoyed it tremendously!

Book links:

 

The Earth Shifter: Amazon B&N

Read my review of The Earth Shifter on Goodreads

 

Gold Train : Amazon B&N

 

Stepford USA: Amazon B&N

These and other books are also available at Sony, Apple, Kobo and Smashwords.

Check out this amazing author:

Author blog: LadaRay.wordpress.com
Geopolitcs/predictions blog: Futuristrendcast.wordpress.com

Twitter: @LadaTweets
Youtube: Lada Ray Channel
Facebook: Like LadaRayBooks

17 Responses to "Lada Ray, Author and More"

Wow, thank you, dear Darlene, for a wonderful interview. It looks great and I enjoyed it tremendously! I’ll reblog it tomorrow.

Cheers and hugs,
Lada 🙂

You’re so welcome. Happy to have you on my blogsite!

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Darlene, I enjoyed your interview with Lada. I share so much in common with her — I am an esotercist and have studied for since 1987. I am curious about the root races she’s written fictional stories about. Great way to introduce them to the public through fiction. I love Russia and studied the languages in college, as well as Russian history. And Rumi is my favorite poet. I look forward to checking out her blog and books. I hope they can all be purchased in book form. Especially her upcoming Chronicle series. Great interview ladies.

So pleased to have introduced you to another writer Patricia, especially one with things in common. I believe her books are available in book form, if not, they soon will be.

Thanks. Already joined her blog.

Thanks so much, Patricia! It’s so great to hear from you and looks like we do have lots in common! This is awesome, and I’d love to talk more, so please feel free to visit and leave comments on my blog, where we could start a conversation! Incidentally, I have lots of posts about Russia, including videos of real Russia, and more coming next week! Just look under “Culture: Russia” in “What’s up” sidebar section.

Oh, I really think you would enjoy The Earth Shifter, as it’s mostly set in Moscow and Lake Baikal, Siberia, plus it’s a treasure trove of all things metaphysical, esoteric and spiritual! BTW, Darlene wrote a nice review for The Earth Shifter. Also, you may like Gold Train (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure). I think when I wrote it, I had readers like you in mind. 🙂

My books at a glance: http://ladaray.wordpress.com/lada-ray-books/.

My books just came out as paperbacks. They can be ordered from Createspace, and should appear on Amazon by next week, or sooner. You can find buy links, and other interesting stuff, on my post: http://ladaray.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/the-earth-shifter-official-launch-book-sale-read-and-review/. More coming next week! Incidentally, I’ll also be offering my signed paperbacks via author site by next week: http://www.ladaray.com/book-store.html. More in the above post!

Lastly, Earth Keepers Chronicles will come out as paperback in the end of May or beginning of June. I’ll announce it on my blog. Stay tuned.

Peace and all the best to you,

Lada 🙂

Nice interview! I love Sherlock Holmes too! 😀

The Sherlock Holmes stories are popular with many people, of all ages, all over the world! Lada is a really cool person.

You know, Sherlock Holmes is so popular in Russia that when I was at the SH museum in London, it was actually full of Russian visitors. It was pretty funny – like Russia central in London.
The Russian Sherlock Holmes TV series, starring Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin (as Watson) is widely considered the best SH portrayal and is Queen Elizabeth’s fave. Vasily Livanov was knighted by the Queen for this role – and that was done in the 1980s, still during Soviet times – can you believe it! Several years ago, the New Zealand mint has created SH silver coin set and they chose to picture the Russian Sherlock and Watson on it.

See: The Best Sherlock Holmes was…Russian?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Z53uN6y10

Russian SH – The Hound of the Baskervilles clip on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OY0obZ5NhY

That is so cool! I’ll check it out. He does have universal appeal.

Fascinating interview and what a fascinating life! It’s a pleasure to read about your writing path and other journeys!

Thank you very much, Christa! 🙂

I read your review Darlene, and I will put it in my Amazon queue. Thank goodness the kids give us Amazon cards. I read a lot in May and June when I’m not teaching. I too, love Gabriel García Márquez. His cyclical view connects those before us and those coming, not to mention his contribution to magical realism.

I love Gabriel García Márquez as well. I was only intoducd to him by a South American student a fw years ago. We learn so much from our students don’t we.

Reblogged this on Lada Ray Blog and commented:
As part of THE EARTH SHIFTER Launch and Virtual Book Tour, yesterday a was a guest at Darlene Foster’s Blog! Darlene is a wonderful author of the international mystery/adventure series for children. Check out this very cool interview and give it thumbs ups! There is also an interesting discussion going on in the comment section. Care to join?

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