Interview with Dr. Ray Turner

Do you remember the first science fiction story you ever wrote?
Albuquerque Hypothesis was my first science fiction book set in the year 2018 but with content that is now dated and, like most authors, compels me to rewrite with as many new scientific facts as possible in a fictional account. Stay tuned for a good science fiction read!
What is your writing process?
I write by hand on legal-sized paper and in black ink. I write chapter by chapter and type in each to Microsoft Word. My attempts at using Dragon Naturally Speaking have been limited since I use a specialized vocabulary not recognized by the software that was intended to make verbal dictation easy. Not so for me. I guess I am just old fashioned enough to write by hand, carefully enter the computer file and edit that file extensively.
I am inspired to write based on the questions I pose before going to sleep and the answers I get from my subconscious mind both in dreams (lucid and/or in color) or in subsequent days while "awake" and becoming aware of the answers to the questions I posed usually arriving back to me quickly and synchronistically.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first nonfiction short story I wrote was entitled "Mother Christmas." It was written after distributing Christmas food to the poor in La Junta, Colorado. The experience so moved me to write of the account, local supermarket generosity kept secret, a school nurse who had for years before delivered these gifts to the poor and hungry in the little village. Every time we were met by most gracious people who spoke Spanish (I didn't regrettably) with my colleague the nurse. Each time they offered us tea or coffee which we were obliged to accept 23 times at 23 locations. Email me and I will send you this Mother Christmas short story and you can determine for yourself what it means for this nurse/volunteer to be "Mother Christmas."
How do you approach cover design?
I use petroglyphs made by the Anasazi or other ancient cultures in the Southwest that I have added color and themes to represent an interpretation of the ancient wisdom. One petroglyph can tell an entire group's story, history and level of awareness. As a psychometrist I am able to perceive at times the meaning of those artists who first applied their wisdom to stone.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Arguelles The Mayan Calendar is my most recent favorite book in a list of books that goes back to childhood. Gina Cerminara's seminal (for me) book Many Mansions convinced this adolescent that Edgar Cayce was a genuine psychic and a healer which since childhood I aspired to be without knowing of him and his work. Cerminara answered this 14 year old adolescents letter with a beautifully handwritten response. That was the experience that set me on the track to discover the hidden, the mystic and the deeper meanings of life.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read nonfiction, science-based websites on astronomy, cosmology and chakras. My favorite website for a different standard model of cosmology and science is Try it, please. I think it will prove to be worthwhile and at the very least mind altering your views of what reality is and is not.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have no e-reading device as yet since I am visually impaired and recovering from post bilateral catatract surgery. Looking forward to getting one for us "old folks."
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth has been the most effective for my nonfiction works. I wrote extensively articles in the trade journals for the school bus industry, provided workshops in 29 states for over 6,000 school bus personnel in 1980-1985, Those readers and participants in the workshops were by far the best marketing for my books about special needs transportation and school bus collision investigation and prevention.
Describe your desk
Dual computer screens with a Dell 8700 "industrial strength" computer. I use a "natural" or hand-friendly keyboard.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As Kansas farm and oil town kid I spent my every free minute wandering across the town, the countryside and among the people there. I learned to observe nature and my fellow man with clarity and compassion. There I learned to see the "big picture" while constantly seeking a higher point to see the horizon, the sky, and the endless fields of wheat and oil derricks.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Nazlini Dancers has more fact that fiction in it I believe. Living in the same setting as I wrote my nonfiction work taught many surprising things. In many ways it was a humbling experience to be the reservation guest for a year of the Navajo people.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The maximum exposure of my works over the minimum of time and cost.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being lost in the storyline and the evolving characters is great fun and sometimes joyous.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are--and will be--those who are beginning to understand the Ancient Wisdom provided us that has not been lost
or forgotten--just ignored by modern society.
What are you working on next?
Getting my other five novels onboard Smashwords as soon as possible.
Who are your favorite authors?
N. Tesla; T. Bearden; W. Thornhill; E. Cayce; G. Gurdjieff; S. Hawking; H. Arp;
Published 2015-01-20.
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Books by This Author

Operation Sasquatch: The Piñon Paradox
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,820. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
As a psychic and a ‘Finder’ Michael Ten Fingers investigates incidents of human-Sasquatch interactions. The huge hominids are reclusive, peace-loving and non-threatening unless attempts to kill them occur. Michael has a lifelong relationship with a Sasquatch named "Old Man." This is an account of Michael's Sasquatch incident investigations and his relationship with Old Man.
Discovery Ranch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,420. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Set in rural Oklahoma a retired black operations scientist couple mentors three Native American adolescents in cosmology, advanced science and a different world perspective. Their sudden death leads the three men to sell Discovery Ranch. During the transaction four men are changed when a stranger who proves to be the Christ arrives for 24 hours at their Discovery Ranch fireside.
Palo Duro Canyon Abduction
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,100. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
While camping in Palo Duro Canyon State Park eleven Cub Scouts and their Den Leader witnessed a nearby UFO crash and encountered a friendly EBE named Sotuknang, the Tall One, who represented the Galactic Council. This is the story of Michael Ten Finger’s boyhood experiences following repeated contacts with the Tall One that extended into his adult life.
Sotuknang: E.B.E. House Guest
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,830. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Chief Scientist Xichinitl interviews Sotuknang the “House Guest" who is telepathically mentored by the EBE to understand the Electric Universe cosmology. Xichinitl learns that all Galactic citizens are considered Beloved Equals who live by the law of service to humanity across their Universe called "Unity" and not by the law of the jungle.
Nazlini Dancers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,140. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Nazlini Dancers depicts three Navajos each of whom has the special powers of a curandero or shaman. Owl Woman is grandmother to Yazzie Boy who is mentored in the Old Ways in Nazlini, AZ and within Canyon de Chelley. Michael Cordilleras is the son of Owl Woman who is a Special Forces warrior in the Vietnam Conflict having a lifetime of mystical experiences to save his life.