M. Ray Allen

Biography

Raised as a Navy Brat, I grew up living all over the United States. While born in Oklahoma my family lived in Bermuda, California, Texas as well as a few other places in between. After High School, I attended the University of Oklahoma to be closer to my extended family and close friends – The Clarks.
During my time at OU, my friend, Mark Blauser, and I stayed up one summer night drinking and talking about our favorite adventure stories (he’s a Tolkien fan). I shared this tale with him and (to my surprise) he loved it. We were up until 3-4am talking about it before I finally crashed. The next day he came over (waking me from a hangover) and forced me to tell him the story again, but this time he brought a tape recorder and insisted we find a way to get this on paper.
So began the tales of Sol and Oather. It’s taken a long time to pull it together, but it’s finally done. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I have but don’t fear, there’s more to come. This was just the beginning…

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up as a Navy brat so I lived all over. Mostly on the west coast of the United States but we did live in Bermuda for a while. Now, I don't say 'Navy Brat' as a derogatory term but quite the opposite. I wear that title as a badge of honor. Very few civilian children grow up with the challenges that military kids do. Our parents live and die for the country we live in and are paid next to nothing for it. We move around a lot...A LOT...and as a result are forced to adapt to new surroundings and new people on nearly a yearly basis. In my 12 years of public school I attended seven different schools. That is a lot of moving around and most of the time it was during the middle of the school year. As a result, military kids are forced to grow up quicker than others and we know how to handle ourselves.
So, for all you 'brats' out there...hoo rah for you! Wear your title proud because you've earned it!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, actually I do. I remember the first time I really got interested in reading was when I was seven. The elementary school had a book sale where a vendor brought in some books. I found a curious book about a Hobbit. Up to that point I had read mostly picture books from our schools library, but I picked up this book and read a page at random and was perplexed by it. I asked my parents for the money to get it, which at the time was just two or three dollars but I felt like I was asking for enough to buy a car. I bought The Hobbit and over the course of the next month I read it all the way through and was amazed by the adventure. When I was done I felt like I had just got done climbing Mt. Everest and immediately started reading it again. That was the first real non-picture book I'd ever read and after that I was hooked.
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Books

The Orb of Chaos Vol. 1: No Rest for the Wicked
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 151,850. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
No Rest for the Wicked is a light-hearted adventure that allows readers to quickly jump into a fast paced story and escape the real world (at least for a little while). It is aimed at teens and young adults but has been enjoyed by virtually all ages of those with a curious and adventurous spirit.

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