Interview: Ray Ellis

Ray Ellis began his law enforcement career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Orange County, California. After working for a number of years in the maximum security facility, he transferred to patrol working along Orange County’s coast as well as the inner canyons and barrios. He was first ordained into the ministry while living in Orange County and now serves as the Associate Pastor in his home church in Idaho. A former United States Marine, he is a public speaker, communicating to groups of all sizes on the topics of community and personal safety.

Enjoy this interview.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I was raised in the south and after joining the Marine Corps moved to the west coast. I began writing as a child, but didn’t become a serious writer until after I had been working as a police officer in the early 1990’s.

Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

My latest novel, N.H.I. (No Humans Involved) (A Nate Richards Novel) is a police procedural and deals with one of the common prejudices at work within the law enforcement psyche. The story follows Nate Richards as he assigned to the homicide division and is then thrust into investigating a series of murders, a new street gang and rising gang turf wars. In the middle of all this his partner is shot and his girlfriend has been kidnapped. Will Nate succumb to the pressure to take things into his own hands or prove that there truly are no humans involved?

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

Right now I am editing the second book in the Nate Richard series, DRT: Dead Right There. I am also writing the third installment in the series, I.A.I.: Internal Affairs Investigation. I also have a science fiction manuscript that I am editing and hope to have released by spring or summer of next year. I also enjoy getting out and speaking at area writers’ group and speaking to youth groups as well.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

Other than the Bible, I would have to say the most interesting book I’ve ever read was Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Although along with that, I would have to add the The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. [Editor’s note: We recently interviewed Francine here, so check it out if you haven’t had a chance.]

Favorite authors?

My favorite author is C.S. Lewis, both his fiction and none fiction works.

Book you’re currently reading?

Right now I am reading White (The Circle Series) by Ted Dekker and just finished reading By Darkness Hid (Blood of Kings, book 1) by Jill Williamson.

Where can we learn more about you?

You can contact me at my website or you can follow me on my blog where I am currently sharing tips on how to create your story.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I truly believe that as writers we need to help one another along this journey. To that end if I can be of any assistance you can email me at ray@rayellis-author.com.

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