Wayne McCray was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, in 1965, and grew up in Chicago until 1984. He attended Southern University A and M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. McCray has always had a passion for absurd stories of ordinary people, particularly those spoken within his family, in how they interpreted and handled an irrational world. He currently lives in Itta Bena, Mississippi, enjoying country life, with his adopted pitbull terrier Beaux. Pay for the Cornmeal was first published by Wingless Dreamer in its short story anthology, Overcoming Fear.