army brat until his father retired in 1988, after having spent twenty-four
years of active duty in the army. At this point the family moved to their home
of record in Glen Rose, Texas. Raymond enlisted in the Texas Army National
Guard in 1989 while he was a high school junior, attended basic training the
summer between his junior and senior years, then attended advanced individual
training to repair tracked vehicles. In 1995 Ray left the service, went to college
and earned his four year degree in about two years. In 1998 he earned his commission
with the US Army and has served another sixteen years and has plans
on retiring July 2014 after forty-eight months and five tours collectively in Iraq
and Afghanistan. He and his wife Dallice (pronounced “Dallas”) have been
married since 1991 and have two grown children.
What inspires you to write?
I like to laugh. Life is too short to fret about every little issue so, laugh. From my foxhole the only way to handle life is through laughter. If you can’t laugh at yourself then you have no right to laugh at others. I come from a long line of story tellers. The way I learn is through stories told by my father, grandfather, uncles, etc. When the story doesn’t fit the scenario – change the story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I watch, laugh, and then I make up a story around the episode.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
If you consider my book fiction then, yes I did. Most of my characters are real people. I just omitted their names in order to avoid being sued.
What advice would you give other writers?
When in doubt, make them laugh.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was deployed and the online publishing seemed to be the path of least resistance. I am a Soldier not a writer. Finding a publisher seemed to me an impossible venture. So, I decided to self publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t think it will change all that much. Some of the polls I’ve read it’s a pretty even split between those who like digital books and those who like traditional books. A lot of folks like to meet their favorite authors and since it’s hard to sign a digital copy I think there will always be room for the printed version.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Memoirs, War, Military, Iraq, Soldiering
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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