Clay was born and grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

She attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and graduated

summa cum laude in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her picture books and novels have been translated into many languages.

She lives, writes, and illustrates in Carrboro, North Carolina with her sculptor-husband Mike Roig and an ever-growing number of animals.

Each year, she and her husband open their art studios to the public the first two weekends in November.


Moon Shadows: Clay during the lunar eclipse, crescent moons at her feet 




Photo credits: Clay Carmichael, Mike Roig

Original picture books published by North-South Books; one-edition bind-up of all three picture books: Seagrass Press an imprint of the Quarto Group

Wild Things, Front Street, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press/Highlights

Brother, Brother, Roaring Brook Press, a division of Macmillan

The Secret to Their Success, How 33 Women Made Their Dreams Come True, Coastal Carolina Press



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