Ray Steelman

Biography

Sharon and Ray Steelman are a husband and wife team living in Huntsville, Alabama. Since 1972, they have had numerous publications to their credit. They have had articles published in many magazines including Life Insurance Selling, Home Mechanix, Broker World, Yesterday's Memories, Madison Life, Our Old Town, Health Insurance Underwriter, Harmonica Educator, Old Tennessee Valley Magazine and others.They also have marketed two commercial video tapes and eight easy listening harmonica albums that have been marketed and sold internationally.

The authors have written 10 books some of which have been marketed by most major book distributors, Wal-mart, Gaylord Entertainment, Amazon.com, Hohner International, Books A Million, Barnes and Noble, Baker and Taylor and many others.

Sharon is a alumnus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama where she majored in International Trade. Ray has BS and MA degrees from Middle Tennessee State University where he majored in Industrial Management.

The authors are hard-core entrepreneurs having started and run six successful businesses during the past 30 years. One of the businesses became a multi-million dollar company with markets that reached nationwide in the United States. Their businesses have received many regional and national awards including being named the Fastest Growing in the Country (two years in a row), Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year, The Better Business Bureau Torch Award for ethical business practices, and in one year named the the Minority Supplier of the Southeast.

Ray is a general aviation pilot holding certifications and ratings to fly multi-engine aircraft, high performance and complex aircraft. He also is IFR certified.

Ray is a professional-level harmonica player. He once simultaneously held four state harmonica championships. Over the years, he has spent a lot of time in the recording studios around north Alabama. For a period of time, he played seven days a week from Birmingham to Nashville. Ray has over 250 You Tube and Vimeo harmonica and vocal videos that are viewed around the world each day. He may be found on You Tube and Vimeo by searching "Ray Steelman."

Books by Sharon and Ray Steelman

Learn to Play the Harmonica (1978 - no longer available)

Learn to Play the Harmonica… Nashville Style

Harmonica 101

Caveman Entrepreneurship

All God’s Children

It’s a Tough Act to Follow Myself (poetry)

When Sherman and the Boys Came South (True Civil War Stories)

The Truth about Tithing

Old Phonies, Cronies and other Baloney (A collection of short stories)

Jokes You Can Tell Yo’ Mama (joke book)

Herman the Male Cow

These books are available as e-books from most book distributors.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have never been a late sleeper. I have often joked, stating that I am afraid that I will miss something. I get some of my most creative ideas while I sleep. I often get up, write them down, and go back to sleep. The first time that this happened was in the third grade. I got an idea for a poem that we were supposed to write for a class assignment. I wrote this poem in my sleep and it ended up being selected as the top poem in the class. I do this now with my books and music. Life is too exciting to waste time sleeping.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a musician (harmonica player) and general aviation pilot. I spend a lot of time recording music and flying. Sharon and I also have three grandchildren, whom we love deeply. We spend as much time as possible with them. We also have a country home located on eight acres. We both spend a lot of time working on the place.
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Where to find Ray Steelman online


Books

The Truth About Tithing
By Ray Steelman
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,010. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Remember that 10 percent that each Christian is to give to the Church? Is that scriptural? Where is that found in the Bible? This is an in depth study pertaining to the history of the tithing ritual. You may be surprised what you learn. This is revealing, thought provoking, easy reading and disturbing to those who in lockstep, blindly accept the traditions of man.
Jokes You Can Tell Yo' Mama
By Ray Steelman
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,800. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Do you need a few more jokes in your bag? These are good clean jokes that you can tell Yo’ Mama and still maintain eye contact. There’s nothing nasty here. There are bald jokes, preacher jokes, jokes about Alabama and jokes about rednecks that the author has seen on his travels through life. Yo’ Mama would appreciate these jokes and you don’t have to confess and ask forgiveness from anyone.
Old Phonies, Cronies and Other Baloney
By Ray Steelman
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,940. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
This a book of human-interest stories about a multitude of subjects. Some of the stories go back to the author’s childhood and we get a glimpse of what it was like growing up in a small Tennessee town in the late 50’s and early 60’s. There are stories about interesting and colorful characters that the author meet on his journey through life. Inspiring, informative, motivational and fun to read.
Herman the Male Cow
By Ray Steelman
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,880. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
This book is a series of ten heart-warming stories pertaining to the Bryant family bull, affectionately called Herman the Male Cow. These stories tell of the bull’s relationship with young Franklin Bryant during the formative years of his life. In the 1930’s, the Bryant family lived just across the Alabama State line on a small rocky farm in the tiny Tennessee community of Corders Cross Roads.
All God's Children
By Ray Steelman
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,050. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2012. Category: Essay
This book concentrates on Women's role in the modern-day church. What are women scripturally allowed to do and what are they not allowed to do? This is an eye-opening study that may be disturbing to those who rely on the traditions of man rather than an open and honest study and adherence to the Bible. There also is an interesting chapter devoted to the Church Restoration Movement in America.
Caveman Entrepreneurship
By Ray Steelman
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,250. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
During the past thirty years, Sharon and Ray Steelman started and ran six successful businesses. Starting with no money, no office and no help, in six years Sharon and Ray brought Bama Jammer Promotions from a Mom and Pop operation to a multi-million dollar company. This book is a GPS for those with determination and grit who want to realize the American Dream. It's Inspiring and fun reading.

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