Ray Smithies was born in Melbourne, but when he was a child the family moved to Wangaratta in northeast Victoria, where they lived for the next twenty years before Ray moved back to the city. He now lives near the wine/grazing district of the Yarra Valley with his wife Pauline, two sons Mark and Greg, and daughter Belinda. He was educated at Ovens College and RMIT University, majoring in business studies and logistics methodology.
Ray writes in his spare time and particularly enjoys delving into the criminal side of life with its combination of mystery and adventure. He also enjoys visiting the diverse countryside of the Gippsland hills and coastal seascapes, an interest that is reflected in his work.
He is currently employed with ABB Australia Pty Ltd in a business capacity, a role that incorporates purchasing, contractual negotiations and global logistics. Ray has also taken an active interest in sports medicine and is a qualified sports therapist. He has lectured to triathlon and various sporting groups on the subject of injury treatment and prevention. Memberships include the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and USA Sports Training Institute. He has also devoted time to assist charitable groups and organisations with respect to diagnoses and hands-on therapy. Music, the arts and sports have all played key roles throughout Ray?s life.