I've been writing fiction since my teens, having acquired a national short story writing contest. Throughout the 1960s I wrote poetry to the European edition of Stars and Stripes, also have done posts, reviews, animations, and pictures for a number of publications in Asia, Africa, and the U.S. I write in several genres, puzzleand fantasy, urban fantasy, and comedy, as well as non-fiction; but, my favourite is puzzle.
I wrote a book on direction, Things I Learned from my Grandmother about Leadership and Life, in 2008, which continues to enjoy small earnings but a developing standing on three continents. collection, with Color Me Dead, I went back to my first love, fiction, in 2009.
I was editorial cartoonist for its Spring Lake (NC) News from 1977 to 1981, and had a normal cartoon page and didn't cover art for the currently defunct Buffalo magazine, a publication aimed at showcasing the participation of soldiers of colour in US history.
I began the Al Pennyback puzzle series out of a desire to find stories about Washington, DC, my adopted home, that concentrated on the normal individuals rather than spies, lobbyists, and politicians.
I compose for a number of Internet sites; I was a featured travel contributor to Yahoo Voices from 2010 to 2012 until the featured contributor application has been terminated, and am the diplomatic correspondent for asnycnowradio, an online radio station located in New York. My own blogs can be seen at http://charlesaray.blogspot.com and that I blog occasionally at http://www.redroom.com/author/charles-a-ray.
I still write poetry from time to time, also have appeared in several of anthologies.
I have recently begun experimenting with making short videos. They are sometimes viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/Charlieray45?feature=guide.
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