Nice to Meet You

Let’s start out Friday with an #introduction shall we? My name is Ericka Clay, and I’m a traditionally published author (contemporary fiction) and long time poet (since like 6th grade, y’all). I oversee a department where I work (no getting specific since this is the interwebs) and love working with people (something I couldn’t say…

21 Things I’ll Say When I Die

I cried, too. You just couldn’t see me. Being brazenly proud of your Internet history should have been a warning flag. It’s awful that I can only sum up the entire contents of your heart into that moment you pressed a cold wash cloth against my head when my nose wouldn’t stop bleeding. I used…

Be the change.

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…

Why Christians Should Write Secular Fiction

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…

How to Heal a Broken Heart

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….

Dirty Words: Finding Hope in Honest Writing

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…

I’ll Admit It: I’m a C-Word

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,…

Watch Me Write: Stick With What You Know

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…

How Book Reviews Make You a Better Writer

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…