Clay Cormany is the author of two YA books. The first, Fast-Pitch Love, combines the angst and thrill of teenage romance with softball competition. His second book, The Bullybuster, examines the harm of bullying as well as the consequences of revenge.
Before writing novels, Clay spent 28 years as a writer and editor for Ohio’s State Board of Education. His creative work has appeared in several central Ohio publications, including the Columbus Dispatch and Spring Street, Columbus State Community College’s literary magazine. He has also edited numerous books, including a three-volume biography of Christopher Columbus and A Death Prolonged by Dr. Jeff Gordon, which received coverage in the New York Times and on PBS.
What does a high school boy do if he thinks the girl of his dreams will be an assistant for the softball team his mother coaches? Easy! He volunteers to be an assistant, too. That's what Jace Waldron does in Fast-Pitch Love. It might be his only chance to make a move on Stephanie Thornapple while her boyfriend is away. But Jace's plans go awry, and soon he faces the double challenge of coaching a team of mischievous preteen girls and learning there is more to romance than physical attraction.
Ridgeview High School is abuzz with gossip after notorious bully Trevor Newsome is knocked flat by someone -- or something. After Trevor claims a robot attacked him, Principal Wilma Allan sends her nephew, ace student newspaper reporter Owen Dinsmore, to investigate. The police are stumped, but Own's investigation leads to some amazing discoveries as well as a chance to go out with beautiful Erica Litvak, who might know more about Trevor's attacker than she admits.