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       Doris Ray is a retired home support worker who resides with her husband in the Fraser Lake-Endako area of North Central British Columbia.

Doris's first book, The Ghosts Behind Him (Caitlin Press 1999), chronicling her family’s devastating experiences with her son Bruce's schizophrenia, was the recipient of a BC2000 Book Award. Over the years she has self-published volumes of poetry and short fiction.

In 1998, Doris received a phone call relaying some previously unknown and intriguing information about her mother's family history. Common Threads is based on bits and pieces of archival data and personal reminiscences, which have been strung together with a whole lot of conjecture on the part of the author.

Common Threads book cover
A Fictionalized Biography
206 pages. Paperback.
8.5" X 5.5"
Libros Libertad
ISBN 987-0-9810735-8-3
$22.95 (CDN)


Common Threads by Doris Ray - A Fictionalized Biography.

"Common Threads" is loosely based upon the secretive life of Doris's grandmother who immigrated to Vancouver, Canada from England in 1911 and married a man from China. The book details many of the trials and tribulations and racial prejudices of the times.

The picture on the right is of the author with her mother, Winnie, Nell's oldest daughter. Circa 1942.

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Stuff 'n Nonsense book cover
Short Stories & Poetry
48 pages. Paperback.
5.5" X 8
ISBN 0-9685413-6-4
$9.95 (CDN) + $2.25 P&H

Stuff 'n Nonsense by Doris Ray. A joyful collection of twenty-five nonsensical materials from accomplished author Doris Ray. Tales of a plumber, of Moldilocks the ugly step-sister and what really happened on the Queen's birthday. Travel along to Huckleberry Heaven. Learn about "Whitey" the North Shore Moose. And who the heck was Snakey Bill? Stuff 'n Nonsense is a fun read that is difficult to put down.

Non Fiction
218 pages. Perfect bound paperback.
6" X 9".
Caitlan Press
ISBN 0-920576-77-X
$16.95 (CDN) + $2.25 P&H

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The Ghosts Behind Him book cover The Ghosts behind Him is Doris's story of her family coming to terms with schizophrenia which affects more than 40,000 people in British Columbia as well as their families.
Not only does the book detail the emotional roller-coaster rides of the family but it also gives us glimpses into the private world of the schizophrenic and the voices he can't avoid and which drive him to commit an unbelieveably violent act.

The Boy on the Road book cover
Short Stories - Fiction
89 pages. Paperback.
8.5" X 8.5".
ISBN 0-9684789-1-3
$12.95 (CDN) + $2.25 P&H

The Boy On The Road and Other Stories by Doris Ray, winner of the BC 2000 Book Award for The Ghosts Behind Him, is a celebration of daily living in northern BC. This collection of short stories illustrates the author's talent for revealing the human condition. Her descriptions take the reader directly into scenarios ranging from science fiction anomalies and deadbeat bar rooms to confrontations with life and death.The characterizations vividly portray northerners and I was delighted with the combination of wit, earthiness and pathos reflected in her stories.

-Vivian Cipryk, avid reader and short story writer.

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