A physician by training, Ray Rao studied at the Armed Forces Medical College in India, earning twelve medals, honors and distinctions for graduating at the top of the class in several areas. His experience spans three continents, from India to England, Japan and the U.S., where he is currently Professor of Medicine and recipient of the highest accolade of Distinguished Teacher.
His debut novel, Bloodbath, is the first in a planned series of suspense thrillers set at the intersection of his knowledge of Indian society, his life experience as a world traveller and physician, and his passion for the martial arts—despite having no formal training! His interest and understanding of its roots and traditions, and knowledge of its different forms, dates back to his discovery as a teenager that the oldest known martial art, kalaripayattu, originated in the Indian state of Kerala, during the pre-Christian era.
Ray lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his only exposure to martial arts comes from playing “practice dummy” to two daughters who possess five black belts between them in Karate, Tang Soo Do, and Tae Kwon Do. Hence his boast that dark alleyways hold no fear for him—as long as one of his daughters is with him!