He’s a husband and a father here upon this earth and that’s his primary focus. Off the earth, in places he can’t mention, he’s many other things, one of which is a super powered muscle man.
Jay lives a modest life with his beautiful wife and daughter. He loves basketball, working out, and spending time with family. He has a creative mind and uses writing to put his awesomeness on paper.
Science fiction and fantasy is Jay’s primary love, but anything with a good, positive vibe can pull in his attention. He likes books with an uplifting and encouraging concept, even if it’s hinted in a sub-plot.
His main reason for writing is to inspire his daughter to love books. He talks about plot points and character development with her to help her be a part of the process. He simply wants to help her love reading and writing.
What inspires you to write?
My daughter is what inspires me to write. She’s a little tornado in my life that I love with my entire soul. Her education is something I value, and there’s nothing more important than reading. I write to hopefully inspire her to do the same one day. I talk with her about the books as I go and listen to her ideas. Watching the wheels turn as we push the limits of her crazy imagination is my biggest reward.
Tell us about your writing process.
My process for writing is a rigorous array of not sleeping and talking too much about the plot with friends. Thoughts keep flowing into my mind. I spend a good chunk of time outlining certain plot points, but the overall formation of sub-plots and such is something I let happen naturally. If I’m really deep into a manuscript you’ll often see me waking up to email myself because I had a thought I don’t want to forget.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I learn to love my characters as the process goes on. Their differences are important to me, as I don’t want every character to feel the same. Also, I value realistic details and reality based interaction. Not everyone’s body is perfect, and not every relationship is flowers and chocolates. Some characters need to have flaws or the reader won’t relate.
What advice would you give other writers?
You can’t please everyone, so don’t try. Write what you love, and let everything else happen as it will. You can be the biggest, juiciest peach on the tree, but that means very little to someone that doesn’t like peaches. Just write what you want.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing has both positive and negative aspects. I like the idea of writing on my own schedule and formulating my manuscript as I see fit. Nonetheless, I’d love to have the assistance of a publishing company to help me grow and cast a wider net for readers. I believe working with a publishing company can hold a value in overall growth and marketing ability.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is dependent upon the readers. If the market for self-published authors continues to grow then publishing companies will have to adapt. Quality controls will always have to be in place when it comes to private publishing. That’s the value in having an agent work to help you grow, but that doesn’t mean an author can’t work independently.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction or Fantasy primarily
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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