John Clayton: Author, Essayist, Business Writer

On this site:


Montana's Enduring Frontier

Cowboy Girl






Red Lodge

Small Town Bound

Other Books

About John


Welcome to the website of Montana-based nonfiction writer John Clayton. John is an independent journalist, essayist, historian, and business ghostwriter. On this site you can learn more about his work in each of those areas.

As a journalist and essayist, John writes primarily about the people and places of the rural American West. His new book, Wonderlandscape: A Cultural History of Yellowstone National Park, is due out in the summer of 2017. His book Stories from Montana's Enduring Frontier collects essays on Montana history. His major previous book is The Cowboy Girl, a biography that takes the "old west" of cowboys and homesteaders deep into the 20th century, through the life of Caroline Lockhart, who both lived in and wrote about those worlds. John also gives talks and has written many articles and previous books on similar (and a few not-so-similar) subjects.

As a business writer, John primarily works for software companies and management consulting firms. He writes or ghostwrites white papers, case studies, e-books, blogs, magazine articles. . . anything that needs to be communicated through the written word. You can find a list of recent projects (many of them available on the Web) here.

John has kept a blog in the past, and posts irregularly. You can also follow him on Facebook, LinkedIn, or (akthough he never spends time there) Twitter.

Please use the column on the left to navigate throughout the site. If you have any questions or comments for John, don't hesitate to email info at Thanks for visiting!

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