Stafford Ray first studied Mechanical Engineering, and taught for a while in NSW Public Schools, before continuing his education by studying Science at Sydney University. Meanwhile he started a family and began to draw on his musical talents to become a session musician to supplement his income. Lucrative contracts followed, including work with several ABC-based bands and the Daly Wilson Big Band. The sudden onset of deafness in his 40s caused him to shift careers and move to the NSW Central Coast to become an asparagus farmer. Medical intervention restored most of his hearing and he is now back playing music as well as indulging in his new passion of writing novels.