Interview with author of Trashlight, Ray S. Kent!


What if the same thing that happened to Bella happened to you? Only instead of being Bella, you were a trashy, foul-mouthed, weed-smoking, metal-loving Goth chick living with your doped-up mom and pervert stepdad in Redneck Central? And what if almost everything you thought you knew about vampires turned out to be total BS? Wouldn’t you write your own book about it?

Such were the questions faced by 17-year-old tough girl Connor Ellis. The result is “Trashlight,” the new release from Damnation Books that shifts vampire romance to the wrong side of the tracks with hilarious, hot and gratuitously gory results.

When teenage vampire hunk Devon Knight sweeps into Connor’s “suck-ass” little world of Walmarts, rednecks and doublewides, the sexual chemistry between them is immediate and explosive. ​While their time together is marked mostly by hanging out, hard rock and hot sex, Connor is plagued by nightmares and a growing sense of foreboding. Soon she comes to realize that the sudden appearance of her undead boyfriend may be linked to the bizarre religious convictions of her despised, predatory stepfather – affectionately known as “The Perv.”

​“Trashlight” is a fast, fun read that puts a hard-edged, satirical spin on the tween-friendly vampire sagas that have dominated this popular genre in recent years. Told in the raw, uncensored voice of a tough teen with a…er, biting sense of humor, it’s a steamy, blood-soaked, R-rated adventure packed with action, surprises and larger-than-life characters straight out of Comic Con.

Author Ray S. Kent is an award-winning fiction writer and journalist specializing in horror and the supernatural.

“Trashlight” is available on-line in electronic or print editions at Damnation Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble:

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Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

I live in Connecticut but grew up in Michigan. I’m a writer and lifelong horror buff.


Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

I spent nearly two years writing a novel with a broad audience in mind and, therefore, had to exercise a certain amount of restraint in terms of the horrific content. It was also quite a serious novel, so when I finished, it seemed that this thing that was unrestrained and not-so-serious just needed to come out of me – so I let it and the result is ‘Trashlight.’


How do you create your characters?

I have a general idea of what they are, and in the process of writing and rewriting they become who they are.


What inspires and what got your started in writing?

Life, dreams and the thin line between the two inspire me. As for getting started, I think creative people are just compelled to create; it’s kind of a curse.


Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

I write wherever it’s quiet. I need quiet. And drinks (JK!).


How do you get your ideas for writing?

In dreams almost invariably.


What do you like to read?

All kinds of things, but mostly horror fiction and horror fanzines.


What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

Bypass all the agent nonsense and shoot straight for small presses or – in this day and age – self-publishing and promotion if you can afford it. I had an agent for two years and I can say they are no more qualified to judge or place your work than you are.


Anything else you’d like to share?

Just, thanks for asking.



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