It’s been an interesting journey for Carla Killough McClafferty, a resident of the Sherwood-North Little Rock area for 33 years.
On Sept. 1, her seventh book was published about a high profile topic: concussions in football.
"My book is titled Fourth Down and Inches; Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment," said McClafferty. "I’ve done some interesting research and have interviewed many people including some of the leading experts on this topic across the country, coaches, trainers, and athletic directors, and retired NFL players."
She said she is proud of the fact that her book has been released by trade publishers and is not self-published.
"The book is receiving rave reviews and has received a starred review in Publishers Weekly," McClafferty said.
Her website is www.carlamcclafferty.com.
She said her book is aimed at teens. She is a Registered Radiologic Technologist who worked in various clinics including Ortho Arkansas North. Her son graduated from Sylvan Hills High School while her daughter graduated from North Little Rock High School. She has been a member of Victory Baptist Church in Sherwood for 30 years and has taught Sunday school there.
Her experience in writing began through a personal tragedy. Her first book was a Christian inspirational novel about the death of Corey, her 14-month-old son. She said she started writing to reach young readers.
She enjoys writing but has done her fair share of public speaking.
"I have provided teacher professional development workshops for Ozark Unlimited Resource Educational Cooperative, LRSD Teacher Professional Development Workshops at Clinton Presidential Library, History Day Workshop, Lit Lab, Professional Development Workshop for York (Pennsylvania) School District, and a webinar on The Principal Center on using nonfiction in the classroom to align with CCSS," according to McClafferty. "I’ve been a conference speaker at several national teacher conferences including ALA, AASL, and NCTE."
She added, "As an author, I’ve presented programming to students from 3rd – 12th grade in groups of all sizes, from a few students to more than 700 7th graders. I have been a guest speaker in creative writing classes at U.C.A, keynote speaker at Laredo Community College, and Texas A & M International University. "
She said she is also part of a group of nonfiction authors known as iNK Think Tank.
"I offer interactive video conferencing on the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration to schools and libraries all over America including schools in California, Alaska, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut," she said. "I am also part of Authors on Call within iNK Think Tank, which is a program where nonfiction authors collaborate with schools and teachers to create an ongoing relationship that includes video conferences and wiki support. "
Her public speaking and authorship has spanned more than 23 years.
"In addition to teacher professional development workshops, teacher conferences, school visits, and I have also presented programs in other venues. Some of these career highlights include presentations on CSPAN 2 Book TV, and at Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Visitor Center, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Miami Holocaust Memorial, and the U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France."