Cliff Key


Cliff is from a small town in Western Kentucky where he has built a life providing supports and services to those whom have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Aside the career that he loves and excels, his passion involves writing and living his life and continuing to learn and grow as a human being with his partner of twelve years, and two dogs, Rocky and Ricki. Cliff finds joy in providing others with an avenue of escape through realistic characters that are likeable and situations that are dangerous and full of suspense and real life drama. Cliff is a gay male that devotes his time to ensuring the lives of others are of the utmost quality and fighting for human equality.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the very first books I read was he Oddkins by Dean Koontz. I loved this book so much that it made me want to become a children's author. His special brand of wit and character development is very inspiring to me.
How do you approach cover design?
Very carefully! The image and overall design must be a part of the flow of the book. It must make sense.
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Unencumbered Love
Series: Jason McClain, Prelude. Price: Free! Words: 108,570. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Unencumbered Love is a romance mystery, and is the prelude to the Jason McClain mystery series. This book introduces you to Clay DeVero and Jason McClain, as well as a plethora of other characters as Clay searches for an unencumbered love. Bad things can and often does happen when the wrong one loves you right, but with the right mix of love and valor, a true love story can exist.

Cliff Key's tag cloud

betrayal    gay    love story    mystery    mystery romance   

Smashwords book reviews by Cliff Key

  • Death is Only a Theoretical Concept on Sep. 27, 2014

    A good read. I am not normally into this genre of gay m/m fiction, but this read was great. The character development was somewhat confusing at times, but it was still a great read.
  • The Beach Bum on Sep. 28, 2014

    Lovely short story. Excellent read - hot chance encounter. :)
  • Daddy's Little Boy on Sep. 28, 2014

    Great read regarding a loving father's response to his only son's coming out. I wish more young men had this type of experience. Tristan, you have great potential - next, if you're up to writing more than short stories, try your hand at a novella. I am a new gay fiction author also - check out my full length novel - Unencumbered Love. I also added you as one of my favorite authors. Loved this short story.
  • Words on Sep. 29, 2014

    Beautiful tale of lasting love.
  • Stay With Me on Oct. 20, 2014

    Tragic story. Very well articulated.
  • Unexpected Lee - Part 1 on Oct. 23, 2014

    A lovely story about a guy down on his luck who finds help in the form of a rich lawyer who becomes his friend. The development of the relationship is smooth. This is a great read for a debut novel.
  • Carte Blanche on Oct. 24, 2014

    This is a wonderful story. The author captures the inner turmoil of the mind of someone with agoraphobia and OCD. The romance is sweet and enduring. Wonderful!
  • Bromance to Romance on Oct. 27, 2014

    Wonderfully written story of an established bromance to romance.
  • Game On on Oct. 27, 2014

    Wonderful story and memorable characters. I have read it twice and changed to 5 stars!
  • Back From the Edge on Oct. 14, 2015

    Lovely read. I would've like to have seen some midway point prior to the what appeared to me as a quick ending. Loved the story.
  • Elsie Street on April 17, 2016

    This is a lovely story. The characters are well developed and likable. I didn't care too much for Janine - she was too hypocritical, imagine that. The ending leaves great opportunity for a sequel. Excellent read, thanks for sharing it with us.
  • Just Imagine... on April 18, 2016

    Very interesting read.
  • A Boy Called Q on June 18, 2016

    This serves as a reminder that sexual identity and the repercussions of the emotional toll it can take on a person's psyche. Great read!
  • Tale of Two Boys: Love is Hard on June 18, 2016

    Great read. The character development was wonderfully done. Thanks for sharing your work!
  • Swimmer Boy on Nov. 01, 2016

    Fantastic! Excellent character development and believable story. I love the story line and it feels so small town America. I live in KY, and this felt like my high school experience. Loved it. Thank you for sharing for free.