Clay Stafford is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He has sold over 1.5 million hardcover copies of his children’s adaptations and has seen his film work distributed internationally in over 14 languages. Four of his five staged murder mysteries have had Los Angeles premieres. He has reviewed books, plays, and films, writes near-daily book reviews for the Killer Nashville Book of the Day program, has been quoted on book jackets, and has edited several PBS companion books associated with national series. Publishers Weekly has named Stafford one of the top 10 Nashville literary leaders playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” not only in middle-Tennessee but also extending “beyond the city limits and into the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13). He is the founder of Killer Nashville and publisher of Killer Nashville Magazine. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Killer Nashville’s Broken Ribbon: A Journal of the Arts, and was the Editor of the anthology Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded. He has served on the board of numerous nonprofits. Clay has a B.A. and M.F.A. and has been a professor or lecturer at several major universities. His list of current projects includes the award-winning feature-length documentary “One Of The Miracles: The Inge Meyring Smith Story” and the music CD “XO” with fellow mystery writer Jeffery Deaver. Previously associated with Universal Studios and PBS, he is currently President/CEO of American Blackguard, Inc., a publishing/film and television/music/entertainment company near Nashville, Tennessee. More information can be found at

Killer Nashville was born out of a desire to provide an environment for writers to grow in their craft, meet other writers, and network with people in the publishing industry.

As Clay Stafford’s wife, and ardent supporter, Jacqueline has been in the trenches since Killer Nashville’s humble beginnings. “It’s allowed me the privilege of front row seats to countless success stories. I have a great love of books and a grand respect of authors and their ability to communicate stories.”

By trade, she is an obstetrician and gynecologist, serving as the medical director of a thriving Tennessee women’s health practice by day, and a Killer Nashville team player by night (and weekends).

As the Chief Financial Officer, Jacqueline oversees all financial and strategic development for Killer Nashville.

Joseph Borden is the Publications, Logistics, and Office Manager at American Blackguard, Inc., and the Editor of Killer Nashville’s Broken Ribbon: A Journal of the Arts. He graduated from Tusculum College in December of 2014 with a degree in Creative Writing. Previously, he’s served as Managing Editor for The Tusculum Review and as an advertising specialist for The Hickman County Times. He spends most of his time reading and writing fiction—his short story “Hell or High Water” was Editor’s Choice for the 2014 edition of Din Magazine. He was also the winner of the 2014 Curtis Owens Literary Prize Competition in the fiction, poetry, and scriptwriting categories. His hobbies include playing guitar, singing, people watching, and riding his motorcycle. He currently lives in Lyles, TN.

Clinton is the Special Projects Coordinator at American Blackguard, Inc. Clinton rides the wave of change, learning from each new experience and loving every minute of life. He seeks out new horizons constantly, and exudes love and light to every person he has added to his life. He’s an adrenaline junkie, so anything that seems scary, he will face head on. He loves a good scary story (especially if it’s true)! If he’s have gone silent, he is most likely in one of the many cozy nooks throughout his home with a good book on a creative journey or building furniture in the backyard. Staying creative and being surrounded by creative minds are his most important goals in life.

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