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7/29/13. Just came back from a wonderful exploration trip around Upstate NY, which I love for its nature and recreational activities; had a fab time canoeing and picnicking on the river! I’m on the summer fun mode, so here is my summery bio primer:

Me: traveler, author, speaker, investor, feng shui master, shaman, futurist, animal & nature lover. Author of top-rated visionary/metaphysical fantasies and mystery/thrillers based on conspiracies, true history and world events. Presently camping out on beautiful planet Earth.

Fave camping activity: Imagine a warm night on a beautiful river bank, or a lovely sea shore. The moon is bright in the sky and the gentle ebb and flow of water is singing a soothing lullaby. We are quietly chatting by the fire while roasting those delish potatoes in the flame. A guitar helps.

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BIO

Lada Ray is a writer, feng shui master, world traveler, linguist, financial consultant, nature/animal lover and spirituality & metaphysics researcher.

Born in Russia, Lada always wanted to write cool stories, which she’d been imagining in her head ever since she can remember. Instead, she listened to her well-meaning parents and started her life in a more traditional way (for her, that is.) Lada holds a Master’s Degree in comparative linguistics (graduated summa cum laude,) is fluent in several languages and has traveled to over twenty six countries worldwide. She had worked in Havana, Cuba as an interpreter for the Russian educational exchange delegations, including a couple of interviews with the man himself – Fidel Castro.

In the USA, she published articles in the Hartford Courant & taught Russian on cable TV. Then, something inexplicable possessed her to work as a financial consultant for AIG and Smith Barney/ Citigroup. But later, she came back to her senses and quit the corporate world to pursue her dreams. She traveled to Asia to study with the revered Hong Kong Masters of Feng Shui and obtained her International Master’s Certification (graduated first in class) with Lillian Too, world-renowned feng shui author and teacher. Lada authored over thirty articles on feng shui and spirituality and taught her proprietary feng shui courses.

Presently, she imagines her stories in the bustling New York City and beautifully serene Upstate New York, where she lives with her family and calico cat.

Lada is the author of: Accidental Spy Adventure Series (including GOLD TRAIN, Accidental Spy Russia Adventure, Stepford USA, and Green Desert); CATHARSIS, Legend of the Lemurians (Earth Keepers Chronicles 1); and THE EARTH SHIFTER, new metaphyscial YA fantasy/thriller set in Moscow, Siberia, New York and mythical realms of Heaven & Earth.

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My Manifesto

For years, I was afraid to take a risk. As we all grow up being conditioned by our society and parents, so did I.
And this was my conditioning: I broke through the Iron Curtain, moved across oceans and continents, traveled to exotic countries, translated foreign languages, worked for major companies and mastered new professions… but in all that time I was utterly terrified to do something totally unchartered and intimidating – sitting down and writing a book.

My fear is gone. I’ve done my share of the same-old-same-old routine! It’s time to explore that which is aching to be explored – the murky waters of the human psyche, the dangerous landscapes of what was, and the fascinating, undiscovered world of what can be. As I make the most crucial and courageous step of my life, I am finally sitting down at my desk to write these words. I am officially the explorer of the ultimate frontier, located right here, at my computer.

I am ready for new adventures! Are you?

March, 2011

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Awards

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Check out my “ACCEPTANCE SPEECH” 

I want to thank the Academy and my distinguished colleagues for nominating me… ahem… ahem… Here, I am supposed to tell you seven things about myself that prove how versatile I am. ;)  

That’s a tough one… Okay, let’s try:

1. I was born in Moscow, Russia, but since the ripe age of 2 lived and traveled all over the world.

2. My entire family was connected to travel and various modes of transportation, including trains, ships and space ships. Despite that, my preferred way of getting around is plain old walking.

3. The only mode of transportation I never managed to become personal friends with is… the bicycle, despite the fact that my husband is an accomplished cyclist and I love watching Le Tour de France (primarily because of awesome castles).

4. By the age of 38 I managed to have 3 different successful careers on 3 different continents… And then I decided to follow my dreams and started writing. Little did I know what I was getting myself into!

5. My life – and writing – is intrinsically connected to 3 largest and most powerful countries on the planet: USA, Russia and China. But I would much prefer to live in the world without power struggles and borders.

6. Despite having had a high powered career and having traveled extensively, or perhaps because of that, my preferred residence is my writing retreat in the quiet Catskill Mountains, NY.

7. After I started writing, I found myself busier than I’ve ever been. And that’s saying a lot coming from a former stock broker. I have big plans for my future books, and writing is always my No. 1 fun, but I am equally determined to find more time to meditate and be with nature.

Yet another “ACCEPTANCE SPEECH”

In line with the title, One Lovely Blog Award, these are some of the things in this world I love most:

  1. My husband and my family;
  2. Creating cool new stories and making them come alive on paper;
  3. As an internationally certified feng shui master practitioner I love helping people make their residences more harmonious and beautiful;
  4. Flowers, animals and nature;
  5. Really great movies and beautiful music;
  6. Photography;
  7. Travel and adventures big and small.

And another award: SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

I really like this one! Check out my “acceptance speech” together with some awesome new pics of Russia by clicking the image below!

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Yay! Two brand new awards! Check out my Award Party complete with beautiful new pics of Russia! 

More awards and other good stuff here!

54 thoughts on “About”

  1. Thanks for dropping by and visiting my blog. You have such an amazingly diverse background and your books sound exceptional. Fantastic to meet another writer. And cat lover, LOL!

  2. Thanks for following my blog. I’ll definitely check out your books, they look very cool!

  3. Thank you so much for touring my blog! I have been enjoying getting to know your blog as well!
    I am fascinated by your background!
    I am hooked….
    Thank you!
    Peace and Love~ Christine

  4. Wow. Over 26 countries visited and fluent in several languages!

  5. I love your blog, it’s very good :)

  6. Hi Lada. Спасибо for the follow :-). Will check your books and make sure we have them posted on our web http://www.bookfind.com. Moreover, follow us on Pinterest to pin your books cover on our board. Looking forward to networking!

  7. Thanks for dropping by my blog recently. I really do appreciate your time in doing so. I couldn’t remember if I had thanked you yet or not, so forgive me if this is the 2nd time. I have bought your book “Gold Train” but haven’t gotten to read it yet… sounds good though. :D

  8. I don’t know how I missed this “about” before; you are a renaissance woman and then some! What an interesting and accomplished pedigree, and your travels sound rolling stone awesome (I lived in Zurich for a couple of years, myself, soo…sprichst du Deutsch? ich denke moeglich: ja…und wenn ich richtig sein, sollten wir dann ueben! Anyways–jedenfalls—pretty cool “about”, Lada. :)

  9. Hi Karen – so terrific to see your smiley face here!
    My Deutsch is wobbly at the moment, since last time I spoke it was… oh, let’s see… 1992-3. I intend to dig it out of my memory eventually to travel back, and then we’ll chat again. ;)
    Hence, a response in English:

    I’m so happy to meet yet another fellow world traveler, and many thanks for the compliment!
    I’ve been to Germany twice and stayed in Vienna for a couple of months in 1993, with a visit to Zurich and Geneva. I first traveled to Berlin as a teen to stay with our German friends when it was still divided by the Berlin Wall.
    You can read about that in my humorous post: http://ladaray.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/a-case-of-mistaken-identity-soviet-cars-and-my-infamy/

    I love that part of the world in general, and Zurich-Geneva in particular, as well as Vienna and Salzburg (of course). I lived longer in Spain and Italy. All beautiful countries/cities with wonderful culture. I miss my Europe so much, I can’t even tell you! I was at one point seriously considering moving to Switzerland. I definitely want to revisit it soon, after I write all those books that are ready to burst out of my brain, since it’s getting crowded in there with all the ideas and past experiences… LOL

    P.S. Although, there is still so much to see in the world that I may end up going in the opposite direction when I plan my next big world tour. LOL… There’s still so much I haven’t seen in Asia, South America and Australia.

    Cheers and talk again soon! :)
    Look for my future posts about some of my travels!

    • Hi Lada! I am obviously verrry challenged when it comes to noticing comment replies (this is also true of voice mails) so I am just now finishing your funny post about your “auto”matic popularity on Klout…don’t get me started on that app!…but I wanted to tell you besides, in lieu of an acceptance post for the meme you were kind enough to bestow, I’ve fashioned a blogroll–complete with intro post to it–on which you are included. If you want to come peek…:)

  10. cptnemo7029 said:

    Great site!! Keep following your dream!

  11. And here is one more from me! :)

    Beautiful Blogger you are :)

    That award goes to your cat as well! Such a cutie! ;)

    http://sofiasiberia.com/2013/01/09/beautiful-blogger-award/

    • Hi Sofyika, Princess Lily thanks you and so do I! Just unspammed this comment of yours. You are so right, it’s crazy what’s going on with blogs nowadays. :)

      • Oh I think now they finally fixed this problem, I contacted Akismet and they were very helpfull :)
        So now i am back and will read and comment my dear fellow blogger’s posts with no obstacles! :)
        My biggest regards to princess Lily! :)) She’s so cute! :)

  12. You are a amazing woman. Good to meet you.

  13. Hey Lada! I nominated you for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. Please follow the link to accept and review the rules. http://olbigjim.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/the-very-inspirational-blogger-award/

  14. Actually, cat’s are our best friends, because they have a mind of their own and are not swayed in their allegiance and affection by any little tidbits like a doggie biscuit ;)

  15. Ahem! Linguistics and Fidel Castro, eh? Awesome! :-) Been traveling to 26 countries? You really are a global citizen :)

    My latest education was in Linguistics too, specializing in Language Policy, but not sure whether that’s a topic that could be a good conversational opener. Haha. But I guess your assignment with interpreting for Fidel Castro bears resemblance to the earlier political activism that I did for quite sometime. Anyway, nice meeting you, Lada Ray :-)

  16. Very nice blog! Good luck with your writing!

  17. I came here to read and see your pictures on Odessa, now I find out you live in Upstate, NY. What a small world, I live in Upstate as well. :-)

  18. Hello Lada,
    I really have enjoyed reading your blog. Like yourself I had to break through a curtain but in the opposite direction, to Russia. See my wife lives here in Kazan which has been a whole new experience for me. Finding your blog was purely accidental, or was it? Not sure. My point, well I’ve created on my blog posts which I call Mirror Reflections. What they are is comparing different cultures to one another. I created them by accident too. I was doing some research for my blog when I found a photo that was so similar to one I had seen of Russia. Mirror Reflections were born. They have evolved from the beginning into broadening the perspectives of others into a larger world view. I’ve done a pingback to your blog. I hope that you don’t mind. My goal is to help promote the blogs of other expats living in different parts of the world. I hope you will join me in my adventure. The other curious thing that has happened is having guest bloggers who will be posting a post about their thoughts about where they live, if you are interested please let me know would love to have you as a guest blogger. Thanks will return and explore your blog more.

    • Thank you for stopping by, dear, and thank you for mentioning me on your blog. I am honored! I visited yours, twitted and reblogged you.
      What a wonderful, worthwhile project you have going on – kudos to you! I’ve been writing books about Russia and blogging for the same exact reason: to open people’s eyes to all the misconceptions, lies and distortions that exist in the West about Russia, as well as to unite people. Because indeed, we are One, as you correctly pointed out on your blog.

      I’ll be happy to do a guest blog for you and hope you can do one for me about Kazan. I love that city!

      I’ve done posts about Moscow, Odessa, St Pete, Ufa, the Golden Ring, and Siberia. Looking to add to my collection. And my readers will be thrilled!

  19. Hi Lada Ray, Thanks very much for stopping by and reading some of my posts. Just had a chance to read about your wonderfully diverse, multi-talented background. I’ll definitely stop by to read more! Much Love, Sandy

  20. Hi Lada. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

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