From Soccer to Wall Street, Small Enters New Chapters

From Soccer to Wall Street, Small Enters New Chapters

Article about Clay Small  by Sarah Bays in Park Cities People · September 5, 2017

SMU adjunct professor Clay Small has opened new chapters of his career several times, mostly out of a desire to have more than one act in his life. “If you’re not trying something new, you’re probably going backwards,” said the former pro-soccer prospect turned corporate lawyer, then professor, and, most recently, novelist. “I think that there’s opportunities galore for people my age to … do something that helps others and helps [them].”… Continue reading

Tapping into life’s experiences: Author visits Bookworm Aug. 3, article from July 31, 2017

Tapping into life’s experiences: Author visits Bookworm Aug. 3

Article about Clay Small in, July 31, 2017

During his 30-year career at PepsiCo Inc., Clay G. Small was general counsel of nearly all of the company’s current and former divisions, including Frito-Lay, Pepsi-Cola, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken and PepsiCo Wines & Spirits. He worked as senior vice president and managing attorney… Continue reading

Heels Over Head
Clay G. Small

Greenleaf Book Group Press
Print ISBN: 978-1-62634-343-6, $15.95
eBook ISBN: 978-1-62634-345-0

Executive Henry is happily entrenched in a high-stakes job cutting global deals when his position vanishes, leaving him struggling not just for work, but for the source of his identity.

What could this conundrum – and the specter of his beautiful wife’s affair, which simultaneously attacks his personal world – have to do with murder and revenge? Plenty, as Henry is about to discover when his attempt at rebuilding his world with a new job only sends it on a dangerous downward spiral.

Heels Over Head is about law gone awry, an entrenched, comfortable life tumbled into a strange new world, and a man’s painful reminder that reality is at times on a collision course with illusion. In a war between the sexes, and between business and legal issues, who will be the winner?

And what do tattoos have to do with Henry’s entanglements?

Henry’s life isn’t the only one being turned upside down, and Clay G. Small deftly creates a supporting cast of characters that hold their own places in a decades-long cycle of revenge and complicated relationships. Under another hand, it would have proved all too easy for Henry’s story to become overly complicated; but each character plays a key role in changing Henry’s life and all dovetail nicely as an atmosphere of intrigue and danger builds to a satisfying crescendo that takes readers far from what initially appears to be a simple story of unemployment and re-creating one’s identity.

The result is a fast-paced, involving read that moves through many changes as protagonist Henry faces some of the biggest choices of his life, only to find that many them have come full circle from the past. Without spilling beans, suffice it to say that even with Henry’s actions, all is not as it seems – and the door is left well open for further insights even as events lead to many surprises and an unexpected outcome for all.