There’s an organization called Scarlet Hope that is everything the world should be. It’s aim is to help women remove themselves from the adult entertainment industry by offering transitional-living, career counseling, housing, mentoring, transportation, and drug rehabilitation. They give women the option of living a more hopeful life for themselves and their children. This organization has gotten me think about ways that I can help. Volunteering … Continue reading If it feels right, you know it’s meant to be.
This has always been a tough one for me. I’ve always been one to talk a big game about being selfless and loving others, but I was also always the first one to wave my middle finger out on the road. Sorry, traffic. It really wasn’t until I allowed Christ to be part of the equation that I could really even consider putting others in … Continue reading Be the change.
Okay, first thing’s first: as a Christian, I don’t believe anything is secular. I feel God and have vibed out on evil in the past and wholly and fully understand both can be felt when you least expect it – even when it comes to literature. So “secular” fiction is a bit of a misnomer for me. But alas, it’s still a thing, and to … Continue reading Why Christians Should Write Secular Fiction
All my life, I knew I was going to be SOMETHING. Something great. Something wonderful. Something rich and something famous and something so intellectually on point, I would lightly stab the world between the eyes. “Here I am, World. Eat your heart out.” You know what I’ve been doing lately? I’ve been praying for people. I’ve been praying for our family. I’ve completely removed my … Continue reading How to Heal a Broken Heart
My book is about a man who has sex with another man in a cemetery near a Catholic church. My book is laced with profanity and the difficultly digested truth that darkness can worm its way through a weakened heart. My book deals with piss and bleach and infidelity and marriage and drunkenness and slurred words and dried mascara and manipulative sex and co-dependent love … Continue reading Dirty Words: Finding Hope in Honest Writing
Why is this the hard one to write? Why is this one freezing up my fingers and slicking my skin with ice cold sweat? Why is this the one I think you’ll stop reading me over when I have no issues whatsoever talking in detail about my poop, my period or the color taupe. (Gross, man. Taupe is just gross.) But guys, I have a … Continue reading I’ll Admit It: I’m a C-Word
I’m all for new. New is good. New is exciting. But I’m also for the concept of “comfortable” which is why I live in yoga pants with a pillow strapped to the back of my head. And I’ve realized the idea of “comfortable” is what’s made me excited to write again. I had been playing with the idea of writing a story called Marilyn Winters but … Continue reading Watch Me Write: Stick With What You Know
Hi. My name is Ericka Clay, and I’m still learning to write. *GASP* I know. It’s quite difficult to admit. As much as I want to wave my fancy Creative Writing degree over my head as proof that I know ALL THINGS WRITING, alas, I don’t. Not even a little bit. And I know this to be true not only because I can practically see … Continue reading How Book Reviews Make You a Better Writer
After publishing a book, there’s this tricky little problem most authors have to overcome: getting people to read and review it. Fortunately, there’s an entire segment of the blogging populace that not only does this very thing but can help you build your author street cred: book review bloggers. The key to getting your book into reviewers’ hands? Sticking to these main steps: Follow the book reviewer’s … Continue reading How to Contact Book Reviewers