About the author

Clay Rivers

Clay Rivers is an author, an actor, and an artist. He has penned three nonfiction books: <em>Walking Tall: A Memoir About the Upside of Small and Other Stuff</em>, <em>The Raindancer: Finding Joy in the Storm</em>, and <em>3 Things I Know: Facing and Embracing Life’s Challenges</em>. Each takes a different look—first-, second-, and third-person points of view—at how to effectively mine the best from life’s most trying circumstances.&nbsp;<em>Christmas Is: Mischief and Merriment in Manhattan</em> is his debut into the world of fiction and has also been written as a screenplay.<br><br>Clay’s nonfiction essays focus on race relations in America, self-acceptance, and loving one another, and have appeared in <strong>The Mighty.com</strong>, the popular Medium.com publications <strong>The Mission</strong> and <strong>Crossing Genres</strong>, and most notably in <strong>NYTimes.com</strong>. His unassuming essays disarm without force, inform without condescension, and whisper a joyful call that inspires readers to become better versions of themselves.<br><br>Clay lives in Orlando with his family and is almost always up for a cappuccino. Or a Manhattan.