My Writing Journey
Dana K. Ray
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Stories have played like movies in my head since as far back as I can remember. I won my first poetry contest in fifth grade. A simple poem I wrote in 1976, the theme: The Bicentennial.
One of our famous presidents was Lincoln,
He did us lots of good thinkin’
All though he was tall,
He was loved by all and
He kept the southern states from leavin’!
Wow, and I won first place. Amazing, huh? My prize…a book about boys track. Yes, the ultimate punishment, they thought Dana was a boy. Ugh. Not the first time someone thought I was a boy, but I graciously accepted my book, taped my poem in it and have cherished it since. Occasionally I pull it from the shelf, look at it and am reminded of my call to write.
In 1994 I wrote my first novel. Over the years I wrote another six along with raising four kids and working a full time job. I sold two fiction short stories and started an email devotional which turned into my first blog. I knew God’s timing was perfect although trusting that timing is the hardest part. I waited, prayed, and waited longer.
I began the year 2015 with these words, “Okay, it’s been twenty some years since I started putting the stories down on paper and this is the year. It’s time to start trying to get them out to the publishing world. By the end of 2015, I will have a publishing contract or sign with an agent. If not, I will self-publish.”
Reminded of my resolution and with the help of my critique partner’s encouragement, I subbed A Second Chance to two publishers back in September. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. Both publishers sent the manuscript on to acquisitions and one came back with a contract. I signed the contract on December 4, 2015. Twenty plus days to spare.
A Second Chance is my first published novel. I signed my second novel, Absolution, the first in the Luciano series. It will be released in July of 2017.
About A Second Chance
A Second Chance
by Dana K. Ray
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: May 24th 2016
A past she can’t forget…
Raven will do just about anything to forget a horrific event from the past that still haunts her. Forced to attend church because of a promise she made at a party, she is immediately attracted to the young, handsome preacher but is unconvinced of his promises of a better life.
A future he refuses to accept…
Matthew has everything planned out until Raven walks into his church and turns his life upside down. Repulsed by her lifestyle, yet fascinated by her beauty and charm, he finds himself drawn to her by a force he can’t explain.
Raven and Mathew’s unlikely friendship leads them through escalating troubled waters that threaten to doom their growing relationship. Will they survive to learn valuable lessons of grace, forgiveness and love?
About the Author
Dana K. Ray has been writing gutsy, true to life stories since she became a teenager. She and her husband reside in the Midwest with their four children and four dogs. A Second Chance is her first published novel. Absolution, her second novel, will be released in July of 2017. It’s the first in the Luciano series.