Ray grew up in the small town of Kimberley in British Columbia before moving to Calgary Alberta to go to college. He has remained in the Calgary area ever since.
Ray's first book, THE BLUFFINGTON FOUR is a time travel mystery about four students who disappeared in the mid 1960s.
EXTREME MALICE released in early 2012, is a dark mind bending thriller. If you could create the perfect murder and get away with it, would you? A young university student is charged with murder. His guitar string is wrapped around her neck. His shoe prints are left at the scene. Her earrings found under his bed. Her husband hundreds of miles away. The perfect murder? You be the judge.
IN THE MIDST OF A PREDATOR is a very very short psychological story. Released in mid 2012. The story follows a young boy who is alone at the fair grounds and finds comfort in a stranger who reaches out to him. The young boy is having the best night of his life, unaware what the man has something very different in store for him.
WISH ME FROM THE WATER January 2013 .
A young boy commits suicide. The town folk believe it was another result of bullying but two brothers discover the truth and decide to take matters into their own hands.
(Warning: This novel contains material about sexual abuse of children and domestic physical abuse. Although there is no graphic content some may still find the content disturbing).
BUMSTEAD'S WELL Book 1 Released 2014
The dare was simple. Spend one night down at the bottom of Bumstead's well. But Vincent's friends fail to return at the agreed time. Alone and shivering in darkness, Vincent Pattison reflects on his short life; how his mother ditched him at the age of ten onto his grandparents, how his Gram's dementia has worsened since he rushed off to college, and how his elderly Gramps seems burdened taking care of his Grams all on his own.
The Pattison family has hidden many secrets over the decades; terrible dark secrets that go back numerous generations. It has been suggested that Vincent's Grandfather's name is at the root of many of those secrets. One of those secrets just happens to be centred upon the very well Vincent now finds himself sequestered. The horror behind that secret is about to be unearthed.
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted something different and unique that would stand out against other books, but at the same time, was consistant from cover to cover. The images on the covers were either taken by myself, as I love photography, and then modified and assembled using Photo Shop. I tried to capture a feeling in the cover shot that echoes the undertone of the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
One of things I steer away from in books I select are the epic novels than run into the many hundreds of pages. I like to read, but I tend to read in short spurts. Being able to finish a book in just a few days is important to me. I find with the epics I may put the book down and come back to it a few weeks later to find I've forgotten or lost part of the characters history and background. I find myself not finishing these books even though they may be brillaintly written. Maybe it's just my short attention span, but I like a story that moves fast, with action right from the beginning preferably.
It was a simple dare between friends. Spend 24 hours alone at the bottom of an abandoned well. What could possibly go wrong? But the 24 hours soon pass and Vincent's friends fail to return for him. With little food or water, he is doomed.
A young boy commits suicide. The town folk believe it was another result of bullying but two brothers discover the truth and decide to take matters into their own hands. (Warning: This novel contains material some may find disturbing).
The fall fair had returned as it does every year. Young timid Bobby is off to the fair alone, unaware that he is about to find himself friended by the familiar face of an adult neighbour that lives just a few doors away. A few games and rides later, Bobby is led down between the parked trailers to the backside of the fairgrounds, unaware that his new friend has other intentions for Bobb
She was found with a guitar string still wrapped tightly around her soft neck. Eighteen year old Josh Anderson, the college boy from next door, is charged with her murder. It was his guitar string around her neck. His footprints are found inside her house. Her earring found under his bed. Donna Gardner's husband Jack was hundreds of miles away on business.
Was it the perfect Murder?
An intriguing tale follows Francine Esterro as she is suddenly confronted with events from her past. It was decades ago that she and three other art students stumbled cross a device in an attic sending them all fatefully back in time.
The memories are painful as she is forced to relive the tragedies that occurred as they struggled to find their way home. Her only true love was lost in tragedy.