I’m always a little bit uncomfortable writing about myself. It feels too egocentric. Then again, I enjoy stalking people online, so it’s only fair I allow others to do the same.
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My name, if you haven’t guessed already, is Jay Bell and I was born February 19th, 1977 in Merriam, Kansas. For simplicity’s sake let’s say I grew up there, although I also spent a decade in Missouri and Texas somewhere in between. I suppose my childhood could be summed up in two words: rebellious nerd. Come to think of it, that pretty much covers my teen and adult years as well.

I was never much for school. Professionally I got by doing tech support or other computer related jobs. While working in Lawrence, Kansas I met my future husband. Andreas was an exchange student from Germany, a country I hadn’t given much prior thought to. Andreas was that just-right combination of handsome, intelligent, kind, and talented for me to fall in love. What he saw in me is the real mystery, but we packed up the cats and moved to Germany to get married.

Not being able to speak German left me blissfully unemployable and allowed me to focus full time on my writing. I’ve always loved books, delving into fantastic worlds and letting myself get lost there. I grew up marvelling at the creative genius of C.S. Lewis, Piers Anthony, Robert Asprin, Terry Brooks, even that guy that wrote the Mr. Men books. The list could go on and on. It’s a daunting task to try and add my own stories to the countless volumes already out there, but I’m giving it my best.

After living in Germany for over a decade, we moved to Chicago, mostly because Andreas was offered a job opportunity, but man am I glad to be back! If there’s anything else you’d like to know, feel free to ask. Reading my blog will reveal most of my hobbies and interests as well. Or you can check out the interviews below. And hey, just so this isn’t all about me, feel free to tell me about yourself below. We can start our own biography party!

Interviews with Jay Bell:

Video and text interview at Hearts on Fire (Aug 2015)
Podcast interview at Your Hollywood Pro (Jul 2015)
Guest post on Prism Book Alliance (Oct 2014)
Interview at Boys in Our Books (Feb 2014)
Interview at Prism Book Alliance (Feb 2014)
Interview at Lambda Literary (Jun 2013)
Huffington Post interview about movie (Mar 2013)
Interview at True Colorz (Jan 2013)
Interview at ‘Raant’ (Oct 2012)
Movie Interview at ‘Reviews by JesseWave’ (Jan 2012)
Interview at ‘Diary of a Gay Erotica Author’ (Sept 2011)
Interview at ‘Taboo Indeed’ (Jun 2011)

  • Glen Butler

    Hi jay, Thanks for the amazing books. I’ve just finished the first four and wished they’d been around when I was a teenager to give me hope. Anyway, I survived and am now married to my husband. I was concerned coming to the end of the ‘seasons’ books but am now really excited to see thunder, lightning and stories. I love the way your characters interact and show the emotions we all have. Thanks again and please keep writing!

    • Hey Glen! I know what you mean about being a teenager and not having books like these, or pretty much any uplifting gay story or characters, to give us hope. On the other hand, we’re extra awesome for making it through that era and still finding love. Kids these days got it easy, am I right? Okay, now I feel old. :/ Give your man a hug from me!

  • Christopher Mack

    Jay, 2 years ago I finished every page of every book, and now, at 10:22 pm PST I lay in bed next to my partner listening to the last few spoken words of the audio version. Our 4 year old asked us wby I looked so sad tonight and my partner said “Daddy is happy that his friends have all reunited”.

    How do you do it? How do you get this 36 y/o to cling to every last word and think about how hard it must have been to lose Jace or with various mixed emotion it was to accept Tim trying to get Ben back..

    You are such a great writer!

    Best,
    Christopher
    CA

    • Aw! What a sweet scene to imagine. I love the idea that my characters and stories got to be a part of your family for a brief moment. Thank you so much for inviting them into your lives! As for how I do it, I just write from the heart, cry along with Ben and the others, and put myself through just as many ups and downs as they go through. It’s not exactly easy, but I sure love this job. Thanks for both listening and reading!

  • kenID

    Hello, Jay. I’m skimming “Something Like Autumn” that belong to a student. I have a few questions to ask you directly regarding artistic direction (or fiction genre). May I have your Twitter or email address so I can contact you directly?

    • Hey Ken! Alternate ways to contact me can be found at the top of the page and to the right. Why just skim the book though? I say read through it and then contact me with any concerns or questions. That way you are as informed as possible. 😉

      • kenID

        Thanks a lot for the reply. Please understand that I applaud your creative efforts! I just cannot allow my pupil (under my responsibility) to use that for a class assignment. I’m sure you’ll understand (as you write about high school characters). 🙂

  • Patrick

    Heelo jay,ive only read the free four chapters of kamikaze boys so far but I am gonna buy your books as soon as I get a job(i might have one at mcdonalds soon funny enough)I live in a small close minded town with a very bad library,finding books I can relate to or find inspiration in is very difficult but your books just seem like all I could ask for and more,I wanted to thank you for your work and wish you well

    Here is a picture of the only billboard in town ,located in the center of town,just to show what I ment by close minded

    • Ugh. That’s terrible, Patrick! I’ve lived in a few small towns myself, so I know how rough it can be. Sorry about your financial situation as well. Did you know that my book Something Like Summer is free? The eBook version anyway. I’m not sure how much longer it will remain that way, but if you search any of the major online retailers, you should be able to find it. If you do read it, I hope it brings you some comfort!

      Much love,

      J