Ray Speckman has spent the largest part of his entire life traveling the roads less traveled, smelling each rose (and yes an occasional dandelion) he passes.
He admits to being nosey and his brain is like a sponge always wanting more information.
He is a widower. He has two children.
Ray lived at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks for many years where he was involved in the newspaper and radio business, taught at Columbia College at the lake, owned a restaurant and was involved in many philantrophic and community activities.
Ray also produced and hosted a decade long television program, Ozark Daze on the Columbia, Missouri NBC affilliate, KOMU-TV. Ray also produced historically based documentaries for regional and national distribution.
Today he resides near the Lake with a widow, Joyce Mitchell who he smiles and refers to as "my sugar momma." He also says they live "comfortably in sin as mature grandparents."
Together they have a boutique shop that also sells antiques and wines in Versailles, Missouri.
Ray and Joyce travel extensively and together enjoy the backroads and new people, places and opportunities together.
Ray is compiling, updating and discovering new adventures for his continuing work of Ebooks that has published now on Amazon/Kindle and Smashwords.
He also has published Ebooks "Stranger in the Mirror" detailing the strength of his wife Marti as she struggled with cancer.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, at an early age reading it in the evenings by light of a kerosene lamp for we had no electricity at the farm home in rural Missouri where I was raised at that time. The Last of the Mohicans
How do you approach cover design?
It was an attempt to show Emma Smith as a help to her husband, Joseph Smith, Jr. in fabricating the stories that led to the Book of Mormon and the establishment of a religion, The Later Day Saints.
Three prominent men of Illinois, Governor Thomas Ford and newspaper editors, Thomas Sharp and Thomas Gregg plot the murders of Joseph Smith, Jr. and Hyrum Smith less than a week before they are assassinated at the Hancock County Jail in Carthage, Illinoios.
Published: October 24, 2017.
Fiction » Religious
Brigham Young who followed Joseph Smith, Jr. as leader of the Mormons, was as much different that Smith as night and day. Yet, this American Moses led the pioneers west, established a theocracy in the Salt Lake Valley and for thirty years there built the cornerstones of a religion.
The confessions of Emma Smith, the first wife of Joseph Smith, Jr. Emma details the lie that first was the Angel Moroni and the golden plates that led to the Book of Mormon and the fabrications that followed that led to the formation of a religion, The Later Day Saints.