Ray Turner

Biography

Born in Texas, schooled in Oklahoma, moved to California, met the girl who became my wife,started a family. My lifelong ambition was to write children's books... Wait that's not completely true. The being born, moving and getting married is true enough but I never had any idea that I would write children's books though I always had an appreciation of the kids point of view.

I began telling children's stories when my first two children were very young--that's been a few years ago. But when my third arrived I finally started writing some of them down.

Since then I have done or had done a couple of public readings which received encouraging responses and well, there you go!

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
It was an early morning and being the early riser I was up pondering what to do with myself. So I found myself at the keyboard being entertained by whatever would come up. Then the short poem that became "If Today Was Tomorrow" just sort of appeared. In reading what I had written I kept reading it over thinking, "Is that the way it would be? Would you actually be where you had been?"

I wasn't intending to turn it into any sort of book. But though it was a very short poem it did a good job of making me think. So, I thought it might be entertaining to others also. Then I showed it to Sue and her illustrations made me smile. And we published it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's completely the create that it allows me. Everyone likes creating things, we all do it at out jobs every day. Then some create on their cars, some create on their shoe collection for others it's their animals--dress em, groom em, post their pictures. It is different for different people. For me it's my writing, I view it as an art form. Does it create an emotional response in the reader? If it does then it is art, if it doesn't? Well back to the drawing board, the next one will. It is simply the create of it and the effect it creates in others.
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Books

A Halloween Tale, The Amazing Feat of Neddy McPeet
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Price: Free! Words: 1,720. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Prepare for a real treat this Halloween! Go on an entertaining journey with a fresh new look at this wonderful holiday. Not predictable not boring, very entertaining. You and your kids will all love it!
If Today Was Tomorrow
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Price: Free! Words: 850. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
If Today Was Tomorrow is a simple story intended to entertain kids and parents too. But, it also is intended as fuel for the imagination. I encourage kids to take the concept and create ideas of their own based on the simple thought, "If today was tomorrow..." It was intended from the start to be a free book and so it is.
In The Land of Rhyme
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Price: Free! Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
(5.00 from 11 reviews)
"In the Land Of Rhyme" tells about a fanciful place inhabited by clocks & people. But, the role of a clock is to tick and to tock. So what will the inhabitants do when a young clock appears on the scene and begins ticking in a different meter and tocking in the wrong key? With a strong story line that says, It's OK to be different! This book holds the attention of young & old! Get your copy now!

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Smashwords book reviews by Ray Turner

  • Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 1: Freckles is Scared of School on June 20, 2013

    This book is a good one to read to any child about to embark on the school experience for the first time. The artwork is well suited for the pre-K to K crowd and the story is one they can relate to. The video preview is nicely done also. Ray T.