Clayton Bye is a writer, copywriter, editor and publisher. He has authored 10 books, as many ghostwrites, hundreds of reviews and is the publisher of three award winning anthologies of short stories by other talented authors.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Kenora, Ontario, Canada? The fact that I can live in the most beautiful spot in our great country and go to work every day online is totally awesome.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? A fellow entrepreneur encouraged me to take the speeches I was making at various seminars and turn them into a book. That got me started and I haven’t looked back.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? 1993
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? No it didn’t and I haven’t as yet.
How many published books do you have? 10 of my own and 9 for other people
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Usually before.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I am not a genre writer. In fact, to date, I have refused to write in the same genre twice. Here are the genres I’ve published in: Self-help/Motivational, Business/Success, Psychology/Emotions, Personal Achievement/Workbook, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Poetry, Horror, Autobiography/Philosophy, Business Administration, Short Story Anthology/General plus I’ve published (other authors): Anthology/General, Anthology/Horror, Anthology/Detective Stories and Memoir/Anorexia.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? I wanted to put together a Horror Anthology that was different from anything else on the market. Every author, including myself, was challenged to write something completely different, to take it to the edge. I think you’ll like what we ended up with.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Getting to write the way I think writing should be.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Publishing in a different genre every time I put out a book.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Don’t be afraid to be different.
Who is your favorite author and why? Can’t say that I have one. Damon Knight because he was my mentor. Robert McCammon because his horror isn’t just horror. Stephen King because he’s such a great storyteller. John D. MacDonald because of Travis McGee. Louis L’Amour because he taught me I could write anywhere at any time under virtually any circumstance. See what I mean?
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I was a self-publisher before anyone had ever heard of POD. Now I’m a traditional publisher. Isn’t life funny?
- Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road, edited by Clayton Clifford Bye places 4th in the P&E Readers Poll for 2012.
- The Speed of Dark, presented by Chase Enterprises Publishing places 4th in the P&E Readers Poll for 2013 The Speed of Dark, edited by Clayton Clifford Bye wins the Bronze Medal for 2013 in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.
- The Speed of Dark, also won an honorable mention in the 84th Annual Writers’ Digest Writing Competition.
Clayton Bye’s Published Books
Bare Knuckle MBA: Everything You Need to Know About Running A Profitable Business
How To Get What You Want From Life: Practical Techniques For Building The Future You’ve Always Wanted
The Contrary Canadian: A Collection
The Hundred: Actions That Make Dreams Come True
The It Can’t Be Done, No Way, You’ve Got To Be Kidding, Crazy Or Unbelievably Stupid To Try It, Handbook For Success…
The Sorcerer’s Key
What I Found In The Dark
Behind the Red Door
27 strangely different and disturbing horror short stories by talented authors from around the world.
Nineteen authors contributed twenty seven short stories in this Horror Anthology, title The Speed of Dark. Author Clayton Bye is editor and contributor of Retroviruses and The Speed of Dark within this collection. In the Introduction Clayton says it best when speaking about the Horror genre. He says, “A story that disturbs is like a deep sliver. It works its way slowly through your flesh, sometimes festering, sometimes not. But it’s there, it’s with you long after the story is done.”
The short story The Speed of Dark by Clayton Bye reminds me of Twilight Zone’s epic psychological horrors. The premise begins with two questions, “How does one outrun darkness? and “What’s the speed of dark?” I invite you to read this short story and think about ask yourself, what secret dreams and silent screams inhabit your inner peace?
Enjoy each stories as told by different voices, varied life experiences and individual writing style. Read the introductions from authors Casey Wolf, Clayton Bye, Cynthia B. Ainsworthe, Eduard Garçon, E.J. Ruek, Gerald Rice, James Secor, John B. Rosenman, Kenneth Weene, Leigh M. Lane, Lyn McConchi, Marion Webb-De Sisto, Mary Firmin, Megan Johns, Micki Peluso, Minna van der Pfaltz, Tim Fleming, Tonya Moore, Tony Richards before their short story begins.
This book was edited by CC Bye and PDR Lindsay with Cover Art by Zentao. I am most familiar with author Clayton Bye’s published works that include The Speed Of Dark, Bare Knuckle MBA: Everything You Need to Know About Running A Profitable Business. Det. Lupee: The Impossible Cases, Getting Clear, How To Get What You Want From Life: Practical Techniques For Building The Future You’ve Always Wanted, Technomage, The Contrary Canadian: A Collection, The Hundred: Actions That Make Dreams Come True, The It Can’t Be Done, No Way, You’ve Got To Be Kidding, Crazy Or Unbelievably Stupid To Try It, Handbook For Success, The Sorcerer’s Key: From Earth To Eden I, What I Found In The Dark and Writers On The Wrong Side Of The Road. All these books and books written by authors in this anthology can be purchased through Amazon.
Cold Coffee Press Endorses The Speed of Dark by Clayton Bye as a well written horror anthology by nineteen authors. The short stories will satisfy horror seekers far beyond camp-fire stories told on Halloween. We were given this book in a Kindle/PDF format for review. The review was completed on October 31, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press http://www.coldcoffeepress.com
Featured Book #2:
The Sorcerer’s Key: From Earth To Eden I by Clayton Clifford Bye
Bye offers an intriguing take on the classic hero’s journey, meshing biblical myth with Dungeons and Dragons-style sorcery to create a story that is as provocative as it is exciting. – Lisa Lane, author
Featured Book #3:
Technomage by Clayton Clifford Bye and Keur L. Dawn
Technomage is author Clayton Bye’s second installment of the dark fantasy FROM EARTH TO EDEN. THE CONTINUING ADVENTURES OF JACK LIGHTFOOT Pursued by a cyborg sorcerer and the devil himself, Jack Lightfoot is forced to give up all that is human in an effort to find a way to stop the destruction of both Earth and Eden – Long Blurb: An epic tale of war brimming with an assortment of unique individuals–Satan as a human, a teenage corporate genius who has solved the problem of long-distance space travel, a man who lives inside the internet, a native healer who is also of the cloth, even a resurrected serial killer, Technomage also delves into the nature of both God and man. Note: The Sorcerer’s Key: EARTH TO EDEN I is still in print and widely available; or contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
Featured Book #4:
What I Found In The Dark by Clayton Clifford Bye
The mystery of the veil, of the dark curtain between this life and the next, between past and future or between mind and matter haunts all of us at one time or another.
Yet… there is beauty in what we can’t see and must imagine. Read What I Found in the Dark.