Melinda Clayton


Melinda Clayton is the author of "Appalachian Justice," "Return to Crutcher Mountain," "Entangled Thorns," "Shadow Days," and "Blessed Are the Wholly Broken." She also authored the non-fiction guide, "Self-publishing Made Simple: A How-to Guide for the Non-tech-savvy Among Us."

Clayton has published numerous articles and short stories in various print and online magazines. In addition to writing, Dr. Clayton has an Ed.D. in Special Education Administration and is a licensed psychotherapist in the states of Florida and Colorado.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
My first "book" was a fifth grade school project, complete with cardboard cover. I think the end result was about twenty pages long, and within those twenty pages there were dozens of marriages, births, and deaths. The characters didn't do much else.
What is your writing process?
I'm a very slow writer. I tend to spend weeks, if not months, thinking about a story before I ever begin writing it; it's only when the story is fully formed that I sit down to start typing. Once I've begun, I find I write best early in the morning; if for some reason I'm unable to get started in the morning, my writing is pretty much shot for the day. I also do something we're cautioned not to do: I edit as I go. I'm constantly re-reading and changing things as I go along. Half of my writing time is spent re-writing what I wrote the day before. It may not be the proper procedure, but it works for me.
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