My name is Fred Rayworth and I’m a writer. I’m also a small-time published author with several short stories under my belt. My short story, The House, appeared in Between the Pages, 2003. The Walk Home was published in Writer’s Bloc, 2006 and The Basement in Writer’s Bloc 2, 2008. Those three stories were part of my West Virginia horror trilogy, or as I like to call horror, “icky bug.” My first sci-fi short story, Fun In The Outland, was included in First Voyage, 2008. Don’t Mess With a Snorg was included in the anthology A World Of Their Own, 2010. It introduces Meleena, the main character in my forthcoming fantasy novel Meleena’s Adventures – Treasure of the Umbrunna, to be published by Ancient Tomes Press.
My driving passion is for novels. I started writing in 1995 with the science fiction novel, The Cave. That first attempt inspired me to continue on and I dove right into The Greenhouse, my first full-blown icky bug novel. From there I switched to action/adventure novels or the more politically correct term today which is adventure/thrillers. I started with Lusitania Gold and over the next decade wrote Spanish Gold, Palmdale Gold, Turkish Gold, Lompoc Gold, and Las Vegas Gold. After that, my wife said I should try my hand at fantasy and from there, Meleena’s Adventures – Treasure of the Umbrunna came forth.
After 17 years of querying agents and publishers, and 659 rejections, I finally found a publisher for Meleena’s Adventures and Lusitania Gold. Meleena’s Adventures will be published in late 2012 by Ancient Tomes Press and Lusitania Gold by Fireside Mysteries in late 2015.
I also write articles on telescope making and visual observing (some published in The Reflector magazine) and edit the monthly Observer’s Challenge for the Las Vegas Astronomical Society, which includes participants nationwide. When not writing, I may be found gardening, woodworking, or at a dark site with his telescope looking for faint fuzzy galaxies. Some of my experiences may be found on other pages here on this web site.
I recently started contributing weekly articles to Lets Talk Nevada. In these Sunday installments, I talk about living overseas. The first group was living in Turkey. They included, at first, just text but the feedback asked for photos. I dug into my archives and started adding images. Because of that, I went back into my long-dormant project to scan all of our family photos onto the computer. I’m well into the project now and have all of our Turkey and Spain plus several other places now scanned. I still have a way to go but I’m a lot further ahead thanks to that person’s prompt! Now that I’ve exhausted stories about Turkey, I’ve moved on to Spain. In that country, I’m taking a more linear approach, at least at first. With Turkey, it was more random.
This Let’s Talk Nevada project is something I’ve always wanted to do and avoids having to slog through an autobiography that nobody would ever buy. After all, I’m no celebrity and the premise for purchasing my book isn’t all that special. However, individually, I seem to have some pretty decent and humorous anecdotes, given the feedback so far. They keep asking for more, and I’m more than happy to oblige! If you get a chance, check out http://letstalknevada.com/