About Author Ray Mathews

Author Ray Mathews is a former IBM Senior Engineer/inventor whose curiosity led him to write fiction and non-fiction books.

Ray’s activities include the writing of numerous teacher’s curriculum packages on the Classics for the goteachit organization, an Internet company parented by Design Spike.

Ray is active in Contract Bridge, has won many tournaments in on-line Bridge tournaments and in local clubs over the years, and published his system to make suit-bidding easier (Suit-Bidding with the Jacoby and Stayman Conventions).

His books are available in paperback and on Kindle at Amazon.com, on Nook at Barnes and Noble, as Ebooks at Smashwords.com, and at other retailers.
He generates bookstore customer interest with his short seminar titled, How To Self-Publish Your Book for Under $100 which is now available in paperback and on Kindle.

Ray’s range of interests includes the creation of computer trading programs for Stock and Commodity investing, painting and teaching painting with water-soluble oil paints, designing several major home remodeling additions in his eleven homes, and inventing such things as fishing reels and numerous products for the home.
Ray’s activities have also included sailing, especially the Hobie 16 Catamaran, fishing with fly-rod and spinning reel, painting in charcoal, watercolor, and oils, and painting all of his book covers and internal art on his computer with Corel Painter IX and a Wacom Tablet.

He was born in St. Louis, MO, had two tours of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, and graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He spent five years with the General Electric Company, where he graduated from two prestigious programs – the Advanced Technical Program and the Creative Engineering Program.
The rest of his engineering career was with the IBM Corporation in research, development, and product engineering where he received numerous IBM achievement awards.

He is the holder of seven U.S. Patents.

Ray taught Creative Engineering to IBM Engineers,  gave a seminar to IBM Customer Engineers in Amsterdam on Print Quality for the Selectric Composer Printer,  and has been published in IBM’s Journal of Research and Development.  He is the author of fifty-three technical articles, and has published articles in Machine Design Magazine.

Ray and wife, Sally, have three children, two grandsons, and live in Raleigh, NC