Introducing Local Chapter Co-Leader Clay Morgan of Dallas, Texas

Clay MorganName: Clay Morgan

Website URL: http://claywrites.com/

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/claywrites/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClayMorganPA

Book Title:

Undead: Revived, Resuscitated & Reborn

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NFAA Chapter Location: Dallas

NFAA Meetup Group Link: https://www.meetup.com/Dallas-Chapter-Nonfiction-Authors-Association/events/238385902/

Tell us a bit about you. What kinds of writing do you do and what do you do for work?

For the day job, I’m a creative corporate consultant specializing in curriculum development and strategic communications. My favorite genre to write is creative nonfiction of the memoirish sort, so Tony Horwitz, Sarah Vowell, and Bill Bryson are huge influences. Prior to corporate consulting in Dallas, I lived my entire life in Pittsburgh, PA, where I spent a decade teaching history, political science, and communication for a handful of colleges such as Pitt and Robert Morris.

What are your publishing-related goals?

Although I’ve sold lots of different nonfiction stuff over the years, I’ve never sold any fiction, so that is one of my current goals. I’m also nearing completion on a memoir project about our cultural and personal ghosts, divorce, and how we find healing from what haunts us, which I plan to shop with my agent in 2017.

What motivated you to want to run a local chapter for NFAA and what do you hope to accomplish with your chapter?

Writing is such an isolated life. I needed community and the accountability that comes with it. But I also want ongoing professional development. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how instantly the NFAA has delivered.

What advice would you offer to fellow writers?

That depends on who they are and what they need advice on, but generally I would say keep writing. Learn how to finish. Then spend the rest of your life learning how to improve. Don’t doubt you’re a writer because you haven’t sold anything yet.

Please list any favorite books, tools, or resources you would recommend for fellow writers.

Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is amazing. I also learned a ton from Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne & King, especially if the type of nonfiction you produce is creative. Duotrope is a fabulous online resource and well worth the annual subscription fee.

What do you do for fun?

I’m a pop culture aficionado, so movies, TV, and music are constantly playing in my life. When it comes to sports, I enjoy baseball and football, but hockey is numero un. I love travel adventures of all sorts, whether local or long-distance. And my dog Romy and I love to eat delicious food.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The greatest teacher I ever had drilled into my head that great writing was made up of clarity, brevity, and variety. If we writers spend our lives focusing on those three elements of style, we’ll never stop improving.

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