Hello… My name is Clay and I love writing. If somebody told me 35 years ago that I would be hosting a website that helps people to write, I never would have believed it. In 2008, my wife and I adopted two boys from Ukraine, and with our third biological son, our home became a very busy place! It became obvious to us that someone needed to stay at home with the children. Since I had just retired from the United States Navy, it was my wife’s turn to work on her career, so I was elected to play Mr. mom.
Since I was at home, I decided to do as much as I could from home to help put away for our future. I started writing books, which I very much enjoyed. After publishing nine books, I started painting, which I also enjoy very much. Once I found out that I wasn’t that good of a painter, I started designing products that made my life better, and professionally drawing some of the ideas that I had. I currently hold two design patents and one utility patent for my inventions. As you can see, learning has been my hobby for a while now.
A bit of background…
I grew up in the beautiful state of Alabama, in a small country town called Beulah. I had a very happy, humble childhood, and I enjoyed life. When I was coming up through high school, I really wasn’t interested in reading, writing or arithmetic. The only thing I was interested in was girls and having fun! When graduation day finally arrived, I passed by the skin of my teeth. All of my friends were heading off to college or to trade school, but I had no interest in going back to school. I wanted to see the world and have all the fun I could. So, I did the one thing that insured me money, travel, fun and freedom. I joined the Navy! In order to join the Navy, you must first take the A.S.V.A.B. test, to see where you would be best suited in the service. I scored a very nice 89 out of 99, making me eligible for higher education. My recruiter tried very hard to get me into the nuclear field, but that required three more years of school, so I refused. I told him I wanted to be a cook on a submarine.
As I traveled the world, I saw so many things that I could only dream about as a kid. I wanted to know more about the world, and learn about everything I experienced. After 22 years, I retired from the Navy. The VA (Veterans Affairs) offered to send me back to school for free… all I had to do was pay for my books. When I was deciding what field to go into, it became obvious that no matter what you do in this life, you need to know how business works. I enrolled at Averett University and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. A few years later, I completed my MBA at the University of Phoenix.
Learning from my mistakes…
When I was stationed aboard the USS Arthur W. Radford (DD-968), I wanted to get my Surface Warfare pin. In order to do this, I would have to undergo a year’s worth of rigorous study and countless lessons taught by the ships’ system experts. So, I picked up a Surface Warfare study guide and started memorizing every fact I could find. When my qualification board finally came around, I did very poorly on it, which I could not understand. When my Master Chief looked at my study guide, she told me that it was the wrong version, and was obsolete. The ship had undergone many changes over the years that were not in my study guide. I should have asked a year earlier… I learned a very tough lesson the hard way.
The reason I told you that story, was to let you know that I have wasted my share of time, all because I started out on the wrong foot. The reason I decided to start this website was to help other who had the same desire and love for writing that I do, not make the many, MANY mistakes I made.
This website was created to help bring calm to the chaos that usually comes with writing your first book. It is designed to give you all the information you need, in one place. I hope that you will tell your friends about your experience here, and encourage them to write.
If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them below. Oh, and have a wonderful time writing that first book, and let me know how you did. Have a wonderful and blessed day!
All the best,