Interview with Author Ray Porter – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Ray Porter

Author Ray Porter is from New Zealand.  He grew up in the country, living on farms. Moving often meant he spent a lot of time on his own, fostering a vivid imagination.

Ramona: Tell me more about your latest book

Ray: Highway Justice tells the story of ex-military officer John Eastman, who becomes a lawyer upon entering civilian life. When his new life gets turned upside down by the death of his wife, and his past catches up with him, he returns to a life he thought he had left behind. Travelling the roads on his Harley, now if you cross him, he dishes out a different kind of justice, his justice, highway justice.

Ramona: What was the most challenging aspect of writing?

Ray: Not rushing.  Writing is all about getting everything down on paper. The story takes on a life of its own, so rushing can mean missing something out, and that can ruin the readers enjoyment.

Ramona: What motivated you to become an author?

Ray: Growing up and moving every year meant that I spent a lot of time alone. Roaming the farm’s we lived on, I invented a lot of games with imaginary characters. These games became stories that filled my head, and I needed to declutter so to speak, and turning them into books was the perfect solution.

Ramona: What brought you to write your books?

Ray: I had told people the synopsis of a few of my stories, and they agreed that they needed to be shared, so with the desire to declutter, and friends telling me they needed telling, I finally sat down at a keyboard and got the first one out, Recon.

Ramona: Nowadays you’re focusing on writing not only books, but also film scripts, producing and directing films.  Tell us more, and can you share this experience with my readers.

Ray: The games I played as a child were almost real to me, writing them out brought them to life again, and I have been told many times that the books play out like a movie in the head as people read them. It was an easy transition to move onto scripts, and then taking them off the page and into film. I am currently in pre-production with two, Highway Justice, and a good old-fashioned ghost story horror, Makutu.

Ramona: How many books have you written so far?

Ray: Highway Justice is number seven.

Ramona: What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

Ray: As a teenager I read ‘Angels from Hell’, it was gritty and felt real. Forty-five years later, and I still remember the plot.

Ramona: What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Ray: Write.  Write anything, big or small, it doesn’t matter, just start writing. Writing isn’t about it being perfect the first draft, as the story grows, and you write more, so will your craft. There is an art and a science to writing, build on the art by allowing thoughts come to life on the page.

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