As a writer, Clay has written articles, poetry, essays, novel adaptations, TV series, feature films, nonfiction books, live theater, book & film reviews, and newspaper articles. He sold his first short story when he was ten for a whopping $15. Since then, his retellings of American children’s classics released through Dalmatian Press have sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States alone. His films and literary works have been released in over 14 languages. He has written for PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Esquire Magazine, among others. His latest deal was with Sony Pictures for a new nighttime TV drama. He is currently working on several literary projects, including a screenplay based upon Pork Pie Hat by bestselling horror / mystery author Peter Straub. As an editor, he has edited several PBS companion books that accompanied national series and is currently editing a mystery/thriller anthology with new stories from bestselling authors such as Jeffery Deaver, Jefferson Bass, Donald Bain, Heywood Gould, and Robert Dugoni. A voracious reader, he reviews an average of one book per day for Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day series. Because of all his activities, Publishers Weekly named Clay as one of the top 10 Nashville literary leaders playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” not only in middle-Tennessee, but also extending “beyond the city limits and into the nation’s book culture.” (Source: Publishers Weekly, June 10, 2013) Though he has made money from writing his whole life, he has had a double profession as an actor before becoming a producer / director and still retains a certain amount of residual celebrity status from his appearances on such shows as the daytime soap Days of Our Lives and TV specials such as Clue: Movies, Murder, and Mystery with Martin Mull.
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