Just before college, Ray won first place in the "National Pen Women Competition" for his fictional short story, Distinction, as well as winning second place in the New York "Best of City - The Written Word". While
attending his local community college in Staten Island, New York, he majored in literature and studied existential writers such as Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus.
When he left college, he pursued a music career, as a singer and lyricist.
As a musician and then audio engineer, Ray wrote a monthly column on professional audio for "American Liverpool", a local music magazine in Staten Island, New York.
Later moving into the field of technology as a network engineer, he wrote as a member of the technology panel for the Times Herald Record, a regional newspaper in the lower Hudson Valley, New York and was the primary writer of
home technology features for the website "New Technology Home".