|About the Author
Fact-to-Fiction is the story of Ray Radner's professional life.
After the rigorous pursuits of a science/engineering career in research and development at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Radner took up a writing career that has spawned four fiction thrillers. His first four novels received critical acclaim. The Cat's-Paw, received accolades from a wide spectrum of critics including the premier newspaper of New Jersey, The Star Ledger; feature articles in the Morristown Daily Record, and the national women's magazine for Romance writing, Affaire de Couer, in a feature article called "Booty from other Genre."
While Radner's novels generally have a spy/techno-science flavor, both men and women share the stage equally as protagonists. "I never thought I'd be writing techno-thrillers that spanned the gamut from sci-fi to romance genres, but I was pleasantly surprised by the way my stories turned out.
"I don't start writing according to some grand, start-to-finish plan. I generally begin with a rough outline of the first five chapters, but somewhere within those first pages the story takes on a life of its own. Writing is organic, I think. I sort of sit back and watch one event after another grow into an exciting adventure."
Radner concocts his stories from the world's bounty of current events. He applies a new twist to familiar happenings with some creative insights emerging from his broad background in business, travel and science. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things is his mantra. People struggling in conflicts beyond what they ever imagined—well beyond the capabilities they ever dreamed they had.
"I'm often asked where I get the ideas to start a story. The answer is; almost anywhere." The front cover of a magazine, for example. A Scientific American cover with an image of a highly magnified head and legs of grasshopper tweaked his imagination. On the grasshoppers "finger" was a tiny, perfectly formed mechanical gear. "I'd had a great deal of exposure to micro and nano mechanics in my Research and Development days at Bell Laboratories and immediately saw an opportunity to write a story about a micro miniature near-human thing that might be a spy—a cat's-paw or tool that might be used by both the good and bad guys."
Before moving to Fort Myers, Florida, Ray and his wife Judy were residents of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. They have 6 children, each bringing 3 to their marriage, and 8 grandchildren. All are residents of New Jersey and New York.