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Ray Blackston

Author of A Delirious Summer: A Novel

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Ray Blackston's Bio:

Award-winning, critically acclaimed novelist Ray Blackston released Flabbergasted in 2003, his first-ever novel, to widespread critical and commercial acclaim.  Respected publications from BookPage and Library Journal to CCM and Christian Single to Southern Living and The Greenville News, as well as tens of thousands of readers, praised the novel.  The Dallas Morning News voted it as their top inspirational book of 2003, saying in December, “Amazing.  A novel with no illicit sex, bad words, racial slurs, or crime that is simultaneously serious, hilarious, and impossible to put down.”  Launching with that momentum, A Delirious Summer, Blackston’s May 2004 sequel picks up where Flabbergasted left off. 

Hailing from Greenville, SC, which also serves as a setting for his books, Blackston worked as a buyer and a broker for eleven years before cashing in his modest 401K and leaving his corporate cubicle to write full time.  Humorous now in hindsight, but before signing with Revell, he had been turned down by every publisher he approached with his first book, each saying that “no one would want to read a book about singles and their volatile dynamics.”  Now with thousands of books sold, Blackston continues to serve on the mission committee of Grace Church and coaches his seven-year-old nephew in T-ball.  He has traveled to rural Ecuador on a summer mission program.