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 college, Ray Melnik's course on existential literature opened a whole new world for him with the study of writers such as Sartre and Camus.
He pursued a musical career as a singer and lyricist, after leaving college. In the early 1980s he was the lead singer for One Hand Clap and then Fine Malibus, with Steve Stevens, current guitarist and song writer for Billy Idol. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Ray was engineer and co-owner of MANNIK Productions, a recording studio in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York. In addition to lyrics, Ray, wrote a monthly column about pro audio for a music trade magazine, American Liverpool.
Later moving into the field of technology as a network engineer and then architect, he wrote for the technology panel of a regional newspaper, Times Herald Record, and was the primary writer of articles based on home technology for the website New Technology Home. Ray currently works as a Senior Network Architect in Manhattan, New York. He currently resides in St George in New York City.
About the Life's Reason tetralogy:
As Carl Sagan said, "For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." This has been in the center of all the stories of this series. Without love, life is an exercise void of color. Nothing touches us more. Nothing holds more value.
In THE ROOM we witnessed the love that Harry had for his daughters. We watched him struggle to find his self-worth again after a divorce, and meet a woman who helped him find it. In TO YOUR OWN SELF BE TRUE we saw a young woman, Kaela, searching for her "it" in life; that which will make her happy, and a father who reached through the void to show her what he believed was most important. In BURNISHED BRIDGE we saw a man who believes we are the way for the universe to know itself. He risked everything at the loss of love, but the universe had different plans. In Eyes In This World, love is once again at the center of the story. We learn that there is no force in any reality more powerful. Five people searching science for the answer, but all of them were finding it within themselves.
Life's Reason - Tetralogy
THE ROOM - novel
TO YOUR OWN SELF BE TRUE - novel
BURNISHED BRIDGE - novella
EYES IN THIS WORLD - novel
GHOST IN THE PARK - novella