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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.
Jay Bell author photo
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.

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:

Interview at Boy Meets Boy (Apr 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)

214 Responses

  1. Fiona

    Hi Jay, just wanted to say how much I have been enjoying your books-only discovered them in the last couple of weeks and they are fabulous! At first I have to admit I felt I was very much outside your demographic but on reading through your website have realised that you seem to have a fairly wide fan base as well as the amount of things I found of interest(mentions of; MOTU, Harry Potter, Terry Pratchett and your views of who should read YA fiction, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, Billy Idol-not to mention Robert Aspirin! Nobody I know reads him anymore! Did you read any of the Phule series?) Anyway, I also live in Germany, in my case with my British Army husband who speaks hardly any German, and my 7 year old son who is convinced he is German and corrects my many language errors with patient condescension!
    So far I have only read the 3 romances, but am looking forward to the others! I LOVED Kamikaze Boys especially, the relationship between Connor and David was perfectly drawn and I loved that they kept trusting each other even through everything that happened. The hospital plot line was scarily realistic but I loved the sense of balance you kept and the camaraderie of the patients and that eventually David emerges stronger and more confident. Perhaps he forgave his father too quickly, in the end he didn’t seem to think his parents to be important enough to really confront them? And of course I loved Connor!
    I’m looking forward to hearing Tim’s side of the story as I have to admit I am one of the people who really doesn’t like him-I think because of the way he tried to split up Ben and Jace. It was such a calculated form of deceit and he managed to carry it through for so long. I think what jarred most was that he managed to hurt Jace as well as Ben and for that I would have thought Ben would struggle more to forgive him. Although Ben took part of the blame, and Tim tried to justify it by saying it was all for love, he never seemed sorry other than for himself! So, convince me!
    Anyway I will leave some reviews on Amazon, just wanted to say hi and let you know how much I enjoyed them!
    Actually I have another question-or challenge maybe? There seems to be a dearth of books in the 8-12 age group which even mention same sex relationships or anything out with the norm. The field seems to jump from board books about ‘my 2 Dads’ and a rather scary looking one about 2 male hamsters getting married to the YA genre with nothing in between. Have you any thoughts/ recommendations of any stories with gay dads/ big brothers/ sisters – how young is too young for a child to know about themselves and for it not to be a big deal? I just long to find age appropriate books for my son which do not perpetuate the same norms! We are looking forward to Chris Colfer’s book for this age coming out although have no idea if it explores any of these themes. Have you ever wanted to write for this age group?
    Anyway this has turned into an essay so will finish by wishing you and Andreas all the best, and thanks again for writing such amazing books!

    • Hey Fiona!

      You’re right that all sorts of people read my books. I was surprised too in the beginning. Now I just feel very lucky. Super-very-much-so lucky! :)

      I have indeed read some of the Phule books. The first three I think. Poor Robert Asprin had a breakdown after the first couple and his writing was never the same since. Regardless, he wrote some absolute classics. He won’t be forgotten.

      Hooray that you like Kamikaze Boys! That one’s still fresh so I haven’t heard much back about it yet. I loved writing David and Connor. Those hospital scenes were realistic for a reason. Without going into detail, I can say that someone like David might forgive his parents because he understands that they feared for him. But you better bet that he would bring it up in future arguments. You know how teenagers can be.

      As for gay books in the 8-12 range, I’m afraid I can’t name any either. Even disregarding sexuality, love and sex are two closely related subjects. That might be why there’s a gap between explaining things to little kids, and books for teenagers that tackle the sexual aspect as well. I keep thinking of books I’d be okay handing to a twelve or thirteen year old, because they depict sex even if it isn’t graphic, but not kids younger than that. It’s tricky. I’m pretty happy writing for teens and up. The Cat in the Cradle doesn’t feature graphic sex. There’s sex implied in one scene, but I don’t think someone too young would understand it. I still don’t know if I would want an eight-year-old reading it, but mostly because of violence. Not that I’d stop a kid if he/she was really determined. If you do read it, I’d be interested in your honest opinion as a parent.

      Great meeting you!

      J

      • Fiona

        Hi Jay, hope you’ve had a good week and thanks for replying!
        I think for me it was the realisation how many negative views kids receive about same sex relationships from such an early age and how important it is to counteract them. I got a shock when Alex was 6 and told me about how they all laughed at a boy at school who kept kissing other boys and was schwul. I made an extra effort to let him know that it is perfectly normal to be gay, that all good parents just want their kids to be happy and fall in love and to let him watch eg some Glee with me and talk about the issues (and how much of the storylines are unrealistic and badly written!), some of the Trevor Project videos and Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka on Oprah- led to a long discussion on surrogacy after he asked how could 2 men together have a GIRL!? We also watched some of your You Tube videos – obv I watch them first!- and he thinks it is great for you that you fell in love with Andreas because you got to come to Germany and you get to have cats!

        I realised that all these things are working the other day when he announced out of the blue that he used to think it was bad to be Schwul but now he knows lots of famous people are, especially the man who is the voice of Spiderman(NPH) and Mr Spock and they are really cool so he has told all his friends! My husband thought it a bit depressing how fickle kids are, but it just made me realise how much they need to have stuff made personal to them and to become part of their culture and tap into what is important to them-kids are inherently self centred!

        I read and enjoyed ‘Cats in the Cradle’ yesterday- it always takes me a bit longer to get into fantasy books but once I do it is so worth it. Am looking forward to the sequel. As for pre-teens reading it, I didn’t think that most of the violence was too graphic, Alex listens to the Harry Potter audio books and there was nothing worse than the Deathly Hallows although the scenes of animal cruelty would probably upset him most. The sticking point for me though is the attempted rape scene and I would not want him reading that till he was considerably nearer 14. It occurred to me that actually I would have no real problems with a 10/11yr old reading Kamikaze boys as the sex is shown as normal and healthy and better as part of a committed relationship. Of course at 10 I remember reading ‘the Thorn Birds’ and ‘the carpetbaggers’ among others and think your book is probably considerably more balanced! I’ll be sure and let you know in 3 years if I still feel the same once Alex gets to that age! In the meantime he loved looking at the pictures in The cat in the Cradle so please pass on his appreciation to Andreas( he spends hours pouring over my Terry Pratchett books and the like looking at the illustrations!)

        Hope I haven’t bored you senseless with long stories of my boy-I think I am so determined that if he was to ever decide that he is gay-have no idea at the moment, he is 7- that I would hate him to go through some of the things that kids do and worry about our acceptance. And I would like him to grow up to be a decent human being regardless of his sexuality. Perhaps I over think things!

        Hope you have a great weekend and thanks again-off to read ‘Hell’s Pawn’ now!

  2. AM

    Hi there Mr. Bell. I’ve just finished reading Something Like Summer and just thought I’d thank for writing such a great book. Your book was in the “daily recommendations” list on my NOOK, so I downloaded it without question and was honestly thankful that I did. I’ve been searching for distractions for the last few months as I’ve just been diagnosed with stage 3 Lupus Nephritis and a few other problems. I basically went from being an active, healthy 30-year-old woman to someone who has no clue how they’re going to be feeling from day to day in less than a year. So there are few things that I can take pleasure in doing until I get back up on my feet. Finding your book just happened to be one of those aforementioned pleasures, and I’m totally grateful for having found such a little gem. :)

    I’ve been through some really tough times, so having such a great book in front of me to take my mind off all my worries (even if only for two and a half days) was more than I could ever ask for–especially since I barely have the strength to even hold my NOOK at times.

    Thank you for writing such a wonderful book and for giving me something to enjoy through these tough times. I’ll definitely be buying the rest of your works A.S.A.P.

    Take care~!

    AM

    P.S. Sorry about the strange “Mr. Bell” thing, btw. I was raised in one of those highly sociable southern families that believe that southern hospitality is the key to life. As much as I understand that be totally weird and possibly lame in the eyes quite a few people…well, what else can I say? It was practically programed into me. Old habits really do die hard. :)

    • Hi AM!

      Occasionally messages slip under the radar, and this was one such time. So here is my very, very late response. Sorry! Not just for being so tardy, but you have my sympathies as well. A dear family friend has Lupus and I know what a struggle that can be. It makes me happy that my books could distract you somewhat. I do the same thing whenever I’m not feeling well. Music helps the most, since one little song can put me in a completely different mood. Want me to come sing and dance for you? I don’t know if you’ll feel any better, but you’ll definitely find it distracting. ;)

      The Mr. Bell thing is fine. It always tickles me when I get called that, since it sounds so grown up, and I never feel that way. You might be interested to learn that Germany agrees with those southern ideals, and everyone is called by their family name unless they are close friends or a similar age. Honestly, it’s a little confusing, but also sort of fun.

      I hope you are doing well!

      J

  3. i just finished reading your great book “something like summer”. i think this book changes my views towards many things. this is my first time reading gay novel, and i am so excited to find out that this book is more than great.

    there are some many coincidents and other interesting things evoked by the book. i have an education class (i am a freshman, and want to major in early child education)this semester, and coincidentally, there is a guy whose name is also Ben and i definitely love the way he looks, so every time i go the class, with Ben in the book in my mind, i imagine Ben is looking like the way as Ben in my class. Also, there are many places you mentioned in the book that i want to visit so eagerly, such as Berlin(my most special one), Chicago (which i will visit during this thanksgiving break), Austin(i was about to apply U of Texas-Austin, but i did not apply it, and i want to visit this city so eagerly), and London( i really want to see lots of famous places of interest in this city, such as Big Ben). Talking about Berlin, my cousin(female) is also married to a Germany exchange student, and he is from Berlin. i think he is handsome and fit my most requirement for a boyfriend ( i am a girl). Besides, there are so many things that i am interested in Berlin, i always want to go there.

    i have noticed that your birthday is on Feb.19, i used to have crush on two guys who share the same birthday, Feb.24 (not the same year though). one is my middle school classmate, he is now in Germany, the other is my high school biology teacher, he is a Canadian. When i read the lines that says Ben and Jace went to Berlin, i can’t believe my eyes, it just happened so many things and people related with Berlin and Germany(and i felt unbelievable that your husband is also from Germany, oh my god, why all good and fantastic things and people all originated from Germany, i can’t wait to go there). the only German i know how to say is: Ich liebe dich.

    i want to be a kindergarten teacher in the future(i was supposed to major in Accounting, which i found it is such a boring subject, and believe it not, i changed my major within one week of my university life, i knew i rushed, but i do not regret my decision). in this summer before university life started, i went to Europe with a travel agency and unfortunately, the route did not include Berlin, but i visited Frankfort, and i love this city too, but i firmly believe Berlin will be different and special. i found out that European kids are so cute especially German ones, i am not flattering, this is true. and i love children all the time, and i think it would be perfect to be a kindergarten teacher and staying with all those lovely children as long as i am not retired.

    also, my university often hold piano recital on campus, and i attend most of the time. i love pieces written by Schumann, who is a German composer, and those pieces just sounds so familiar to me. Germany is really a good country , at least Frankfort is, the city definitely left me good impressions.

    last but not least, i really appreciate this book (i searched “gay” in the book category in Amazon website because i felt bored of homework while curious about gay love, this book have lots of reviews so i chose to buy it, and after i so unwillingly finished the book, i found the book has so such a great impact on me).

    i even grin without any reason when i walk on the rainy street, with Ben and Tim in my mind. i suddenly felt all the beautiful songs and melodies are sung for them.

    • Hi there Jiali!

      Wow! There are so many interesting coincidences that connect us. Most of them seem to be related to Germany, which is fine because I love it here. I hope you do get to visit again. Frankfurt is nice, but it isn’t like other German cities at all. I used to live in Berlin with my husband for many years, and it’s an amazing city. If you go there, but sure to set many days aside. The middle of Berlin feels very modern and is cool, but you also need to see the smaller areas, like Kreuzberg, which has a lot of artistic culture and a great night life.

      I also like your passion for kids and hope you fulfill your dream of becoming a teacher. I feel very passionately about good education for children, and it all starts in Kindergarten. I still remember my teacher there fondly, so it’s a very important role. Great career choice!

      Lastly, thank you for reading Something Like Summer. The next book, Something Like Winter, just came out this weekend. If you read it, be sure to let me know. Maybe there are other connections there between us. :)

      Nice hearing from you,

      J

      • Jiali

        Wow! Thank you a lot for replying me, i just bought from amazon, can’t wait to read it. I bought the paper book so hopefully it will support you financially. Sadly, I have education test and math test on Wednesday and Thursday, there are lots of things to review and study, but I think I will balance my life well, reading your book make me feel happy and optimistic about life.
        Thanks a lot, your book definitely change my life and I feel so lucky that I read .

  4. George

    Hello Jay. my name is George, I am 19 year old collage student from California, I just wanted to start off by saying that Something Like Summer is one of the best (if not the greatest) gay novel I have read so far. I’ve read it 3 times this past year, the third time just being this past week when I saw that Something Like Winter was coming out sooner than I thought.

    And just half an hour ago, I finished Something Like Winter. I was going to order both books on paperback, already having SLS in my nook, but I just couldn’t wait since I have classes all week and wouldn’t get much time to read it once I start. And I thought it was a great compliment to SLS. Let me start off with my opinion with SLS. It was a really well written book. Ben and Tim’s story is one that I will probably remember for the rest of my life, most likely because I probably be reading the book again every now and then just to keep it fresh. As much as I hated Tim for breaking up Ben and Jace, I felt sorry for him. Jace dying left me in tears, and Tim coming back to pick up the pieces just left me in more tears. I can say that I am glad that this book is going to become a movie. Not to be an ass, but I hope it doesn’t disappoint, I’m going to be looking forward to this.

    As for Something Like Winter, I found it to be a great companion to SLS. Tim’s story answered the many questions I had, especially as to who Eric was. Marcello was hilarious to me, and as much as I saw him as the anti-eric, I loved them both equally for both being a source of guidance for Tim. As much as I’d love to talk more about the book, I wouldn’t want to spoil it for everyone else.

    I’d love it if you could continue the story, but I’m happy about the way it ended, I found that what Tim did in the end was just beautiful. I couldn’t be any more sad that their story has ended, but couldn’t be any more happy with both books. I look forward to many more of your future writings, you have done a wonderful job with keeping my nights full of joy,laughter, tears.

    I wish you the best of luck,
    - George

    • Hey George!

      Nice to meet you! And thanks for being so into Something Like Summer. When I published it originally, I didn’t picture anyone reading it three times in a year. Just the thought of that makes me smile, so thank you! Whenever I like something that much, sometimes the sequel can’t live up to the hype, so I’m happy you enjoyed Something Like Winter as well! You’re the first person to mention liking Marcello, which is awesome. He was a big surprise for me. His character kind of developed into this completely flawed but lovable guy, and I’d love for him to show up in another of my books someday. Who knows what the future may hold! I was also sad about Ben and Tim’s story ending again, but that’s just for us. For them, their story goes on and on and on. :)

      Thanks for your encouragement and support!

      J

  5. Sofie

    Hello, Jay! I just happened to come here in my quest for some info about you to accompany my book review we’re doing for english class. I live in sweden and I saw your reviews for some gay movies on youtube and when you mentioned that you’d written a book.
    I searched my local library’s but to my demise I could not find it… I however pushed on and convinced my mother that your book was indeed a must have and so we ordered it and I must say it is wonderful!
    But then I must also accuse you of having put my sixteen-year-old heart at a high standard as I have set my mind on finding my very own Jace.(cried my lenses out when he passed!)

    I am over the moon about the movie plans and as George I have some expectations for it. ;D

    And also in my city Umeå we just opened a rainbow shelf during the Pride week and it’s coming along nicely with lots of gay litterature, however I am missing your book “Something like summer” Which happens to be the book I purchased and I will go and recommend it.

    Best wishes
    - Sofie

    • Hi Sofie!

      Thank you so much fro ordering my book and having it sent all the way to Sweden. After all that, I’m glad it didn’t disappoint or else you would have been mad at me. ;) Seriously though, it makes me very happy that you enjoyed the book. I love the idea of a Rainbow shelf, and I hope my book can be added there. You can tell the organization that I’d be happy to mail them a copy for free. Just let me know!

      As for finding your own Jace, it might take some time, but just keep trying. I found mine eventually because I refused to give up. Nice guys are definitely out there! I hope you find yours soon! :)

      Great hearing from you!

      J

  6. Carl

    Love your book something like summer. My son is 21 and just let me know he is gay. He has struggled with this for some time now and finally willed the courage to tell me. Right now I am the only one who knows and he says the weight of the world was lifted when he told me. Being a very good looking guy he always had girls throwing themselves at him so imagine my surprise when he told me. He was a highschool star athlete and graduated 2nd in his high school class so this is going to be a journey that is going to have some highs and lows I’m sure, but then doesn’t every journey. I want him to tell his mother but he is not ready even though I know she will be as supportive as I was. I am giving him your book “Something like Sumer” and hope he likes it. Wish there was a book for dads to help there child with any questions they may have about being gay however this is new territory for both of us. Hope I can give him the right advise.

    • Hey Carl!

      Congratulations on your son coming out! I suppose that might sound a little odd, but hopefully as you’ve seen in Something Like Summer, it takes a tremendous amount of courage for anyone to come out, and having such a brave son is definitely cause for celebration. I’m assuming you read my book in support and because you wanted to understand what your child is going through. Even if you didn’t, I’m very touched by how supportive and open you’re being with him. You sound like an amazing dad, and I’m sure your son is just as proud of you!

      As for wanting to help and advise him (you’re so awesome!) I would focus on two things. Safe sex, of course. Gay or straight, that’s critical these days. Secondly, I’d always reassure him that this changes very little. He can still have a loving partner, he can still get married, and there are various options for having kids. Meeting that special someone is a little trickier than in the straight world, but aside from that, the world is getting better everyday and he still has every opportunity.

      Thank you for being a stellar example of a great parent!

      J

  7. Ren

    Hello Jay,
    I just finished something like summer for the second time tonight. i just want you to know it is the best book i have ever read. it stirs so many emotions in me and i dont even know its happening until the end. such and amazing and overwhelming story! I just saw that you have something like winter. i already have it ordered and cant wait to read it! keep up the great work!

    • Thanks, Ren!

      It’s cool that Something Like Summer was able to move you emotionally, even on a second reading. Thanks too for buying Something Like Winter. I’ll be very interested to hear what you think after you’ve delved into it. Happy reading!

  8. Leon

    Hi Jay!

    Finished Something Like Summer today; read it in 5 days, which is quite quick I guess as english is not my mother tongue.
    Actually, I first bought Dream Boy from Jim Grimsley because it was rated so well on Amazon, but after less than an hour I put the book down, because it seemed so childish and in such a simple language.
    There are a lot of “gay” books out there and obviously a lot is crap, so I searched for a long time, for a new gay book to read, and finally I came across yours, and decided to give it a try. Starting with the very first pages I fell in love with your book and its characters, Ben, Tim, Jace… But, I must say, it sometimes really was like an emotional rollercoaster… there are so many familiar/recognizable situations in the book…
    Oh, and I MUST mention that I could not suppress a smile when you wrote about Tim and the European Standard…;-) A lot of guys here in Europe have a huge admiration for the American Standard… :-)

    Your book made me think a lot about how much you and Ben have in common ;-) I wish you had written a (auto)biography already;-)

    Thanks for making so many people happy with your books and writing talent!

    PS: I REALLY do hope you will get Something Like Summer translated into Dutch… I am sure that would be phantastic for the young gay kids;-)!

    I don’t know you in person, but by ways of your book you became precious to me.
    I’ll follow you and continue to read your books.

    Greetings, also to your husband Andreas!

    • Hey Leon!

      Nice to hear from you! I’m glad Something Like Summer managed to grab your attention, especially against a well-established author like Jim Grimsley. That’s a very nice compliment! Interesting observation about the American Standard. I wish I’d made Tim use that term. LOL I never thought much about there being an appreciation for it, but I suppose anything that makes two guys different from each other is intriguing.

      As for how much Ben and I have in common, we definitely have similar temperaments when it comes to coming out and being who we are, for better or worse. :) I think he has a better head on his shoulders though, since I got into much more trouble growing up than he did.

      Your English is great! I never would have guessed it isn’t your native tongue. Speaking of which, I’d love to see a Dutch version of Something Like Summer, as well as many other languages. That’s something I intend to pursue in the future. If you know of any good Dutch publishers that handle gay fiction, please let me know!

      I hope you are staying warm today!

      J

  9. Michael

    Hi Jay,

    I just completed reading Something Like Winter and once again feel oh-so-envious of Ben and Tim. I stumbled across Something Like Summer earlier this year after deciding to find some good gay books. I’d never heard of this book before but I was instantly enthralled in the story and couldn’t put my Kindle down.

    Imagine my surprise when I got on my Kindle last week to try find something half as good, when I saw ‘Something Like Winter’ had recently been released. There was no hesitation in purchasing it and I found reading Tim’s journey just as enthralling, if not moreso than Ben’s.

    As an aspiring writer myself I look to yours books with the most sincerest and greatest admiration, though I also doubt I could even write anything as remotely good as these books. I’ve also purchased Kamikaze Boys and will be starting on this book shortly.

    Thank you for bringing these characters to life, they have certainly enriched my own. I look forward to any and all future projects from you, and as much as I want to read more about Tim and Ben, I do agree they’ve had enough hardship and deserve the rest of their lives to be united bliss.

    From a fan far away in New Zealand.

    • Hey Michael!

      Great news! I’m flying to New Zealand tomorrow and moving in with you! Not really, but we just got our first snow here, so I’m very envious that you’re somewhere so toasty and warm.

      Thanks for the kind words about the Something Like books! I’m especially glad to hear that Winter worked for you. Penning a follow-up to Summer was a little intimidating, but if you enjoyed it, then I am happy. As for you writing, give it a shot! I’m sure you could do just as well if not better, as long as you write from the heart. I feel that’s a crucial key. If it feels true to you and moves you as you write, then you’re on the right track.

      Thanks for taking the time to write. Go outside and get some sun for me today!

      J

  10. Hey Jay!
    Stumbled upon your blog when I was looking up info on the Tom of Finland Rebel figure for my own blog… recognized your name from this book I just read (“Something Like Summer”) which made me cry and really stuck with me for days after I finished it. And so now I’ve discovered “Something Like Winter” exists, which has gone on my Amazon wish list; if I don’t get it for Christmas I’ll buy it for myself in January.
    If you really want to know about me… I’m a freelance artist who does a lot of work on toys/action figures, I freelance a lot for one of the big toy companies but have been trying to focus on my own stuff lately which is homo-erotically charged. I’ve included the website on this form if you want to check it out.
    Thanks for “Something Like Summer” – it was great! – and I’m looking forward to “Something Like Winter”!

    • Hey Andrew!

      I think you dropped me a line on here a long time ago because of my top ten gay figures article. I definitely remember visiting your site before, but now I see some new stuff there. The “I’m Not Gay” figure is absolutely brilliant! How cool that you get to freelance for one of the big boys. When I first saw your figures, I was reminded of the Homies line, although having looked at them again, I like your style more. The Crest figure is a work of art!

      Best of luck with your figures. If I ever do another gay action figure list, I’ll definitely include them!

      J

  11. s marott

    Letter to jay
    Hi how r you doing
    I need to thank you for the hours, the precious moments your novels give me. Tim & Ben are my absolute favorites.
    Something like winter really touches me.
    I envy Ben for his courage coming out in his teens , me being a coward for to many years out of no good reason and by that lost my first love forever, only 2 find out I couldn’t t deny myself all my live.
    It’s good that things have developed and I do hope many more boy then I my time will find the right decision of who to and when to come out. You’re right, I am way out of the target ge group of your readers, but let me assure you a great fan of yours.
    Keep up your style – make more people happy –
    Take care & be good

    Thankful regards from Germany

    Stefan

    • Hi Stefan!

      Thanks for your letter. Ben and Tim are my favorite characters too. I love ALL of my characters, but my mind keeps returning to them the most. As for coming out, I’m sorry you lost the first love of your life, but I hope my books have shown that it’s never too late. Characters like Marcello and Eric still find love, in their own ways, and in real life, I know some older guys that found the right man too. The heart stays young, no matter what age we are, so love is always possible. :) Best of luck in your future, und viele liebe Grüße aus Stuttgart!

      J

  12. Joe Perilongo

    Hi Jay: Happy Holidays to you & Andreas. Just finished reading Kamikaze Boys on my Nook last night. I couldn’t put my Nook down. What a great story! I have paper copies of Something Like Summer & Devils Pawn. Really like the stories & the great cover art. I miss that on my plain old Nook.

    Thank you so much for the price break on the e-books. I downloaded the Loka Legend books and Something Like Winter. Also voted for your books at Good Reads.

    Best regards and good luck with your future publishing endevours

    • Hi Joe!

      Happy New Year! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed Kamikaze Boys. Lately I’ve been missing those characters. I had a great time working on that book, and while I don’t plan on writing a sequel, I do like to imagine what David and Connor are up to in their new life together.

      I know what you mean about cover art not being as nice on an eReader. I recently got a Kindle Fire, which helps with that since it’s in color, but the downside is that the screen is hard on the eyes after awhile. I don’t have that problem with the normal Nook and Kindle. Ah well. We’ll see what advances the future brings.

      Thanks for your support, and for your vote!

      J

  13. Mike

    Hi Jay,

    I just finished the Something Like books and Kamikaze Boys. I can hardly describe how much I enjoyed them all. I rarely shed a tear when reading or watching movies, but I cried while reading both of the Something Like books. You’re idea of retelling the story through Tim’s eyes was pure genius!

    I read a lot of gay fiction, but it is rare to find a male author who can write a good mix of reality, romance and sex. An awful lot of M4M fiction written by men is just porn-without-pictures, and sometimes female authors go the other way and there is nothing hot about the book. I think you got the mix PERFECT in Something Like Winter.

    I anxiously await your next book. In the meantime…are there any authors in the genre that you would recommend? I figure that you write what I like, so I would probably enjoy any authors who got the mix right for you.

    Thanks again for the wonderful books!

    Mike

    • Hi Mike!

      Thank you so much! I’m flattered all the way down to my toes that you enjoyed my books. Er, I’m not sure what that means, but I really am happy. I know what you mean about the balance between sex and love in fiction. It’s one of the reasons I don’t read the genre much, even though I love writing for it. For me, it’s important to write sex explicitly, since it reveals so much about the nature of a relationship, but I try to always use sex to express how the characters feel about each other. Or to show how their relationship is changing. Sex without love isn’t as appealing. The scenes between Tim and Ryan might be erotic, but they are also sort of repulsive because the love isn’t there. At least not from both of them.

      All that having been said, I’m a big fan of Ben Monopoli’s books. The Cranberry Hush and The Painting of Porcupine City both have a similar balance to my own books. His newest, Homo Action Love Story!, is very heavy on the sex, but still mostly tempered with emotion. I recommend checking out Cranberry and Porcupine first though. I also enjoyed Chris Corkum’s XOXO Hayden, and Rick R Reed’s Orientation. Orientation is an odd duck, since it shows the ugly side of casual sex and the beauty of platonic love, or how love rises above sexuality. I’m not sure if it fits the bill, but I loved it. Hopefully one of those is new to you and what you’re looking for. If not, I’ll try to get a new release out there for you soon! ;)

      • Mike

        Thanks Jay.

        I’ve been watching a bunch of your videos on YouTube. You have a very sweet spirit. (It’s not stalking if it’s YouTube…right?)

        I downloaded all the books you recommended that were electronic, and I’m looking forward to reading them. I also REALLY look forward to the next thing you come out with.

        Take care and stay sweet.

        Mike

  14. glori

    Hi Jay!

    I just had to tell you how much I loved Winter. I had put off reading it because I liked the first one so much and didn’t think I cared that much for Tim. Once I started the book I could not put it down. I also see now what Ben loved so much.

    Thanks again!
    Glori

    • Thanks, Glori! I also get nervous about any sort of sequel when I liked the first one so much. I’m glad Something Like Winter didn’t disappoint! I’ll be giving my all to make sure the other two books in the series are of the same caliber. :)

  15. Alona

    Hi Jay,
    I just want you thank you for writing the best romances I have ever read…EVER. I’ve read plenty of romance novels, including Nicholas Sparks, but I never got anything out of them. I found them boring and repetitious and cliche. Something Like Summer set a whole new standard for me. The story and the characters and the span of their relationship were so meaningful and wonderful. I literally couldn’t put the book down until I finished it, and once I finished it, I quickly got Something Like Winter and buried my nose in that for two days straight! Ben is a terrific character – a great role model for LGBT teens and also an inspiration to ME as a heterosexual ally. Tim, although somewhat of a tragic figure at times, also resonates with anyone who has gone through an identity struggle, whether based on sexuality, race, or anything like that. THANK YOU for creating such amazing characters we can all relate to. I got lost in Ben and Tim’s story; I laughed and cried and wished for both books to go on forever. I can’t wait to read the next Something Like books. Again, thank you, Jay. I’m a writer myself – an amateur, of course, but if I ever publish anything, I’m without a doubt citing you and the Something Like series as one of my main inspirations.
    -Alona

    • Thanks Alona!

      It’s inspiring to hear how you were able to connect with Ben and Tim. You make a great point about how all sorts of people can relate to identity struggles. It’s hard to get through life without one happening at least once. Hopefully people who are still homophobic will realize this and be more sympathetic in the future. We all live different lives, and yet, we all have so much in common regardless. Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed spending time with Ben and Tim. They will be back soon! :)

      J

  16. Nick

    Hi Jay!

    I know you have heard it time and one again, but your books have had a profound effect on me. Before I read Summer, I was a lost college closeted gay man who didn’t know what I should be doing with my life. Even though I wanted to have the bravery and courage of Ben, I related more with Tim. I denied myself and who I really am, in many ways Tim did. It was SUCH a relief to see that the same struggles I had been going through did exist in other guys and not just me.

    Now, I don’t want to make it sound like this book gave me my “finding Jesus” moment, but it did shine some light at the end if my dark gay tunnel. After finishing Summer, and after going through a box of tissues, I decided to call up a close gay friend of mine. Ben’s bravery allowed me to tackle the fear of officially admitting to my friend that I accept I am gay and before you know it, we began dating. However, hardly the gay fairy tale. We broke up a few months after due to him moving away for his career but it all worked out eventually. I am now happily dating an amazing man of 9 months and love him more than life itself!

    I really don’t think I would be in the position I am in now had it not have been for reading Summer. You could call it the little rock that kicked down the mountain to start my own avalanche.

    Thank you, Jay.

    Nick.

    • Hi Nick!

      I love hearing stories like yours! It’s so cool to hear that one of my books helped encourage you to come out. You’re absolutely right that a book can only do so much though. I know from my own struggle that the decision has to come from inside. The strength and courage too, so I’m very proud of you for facing your fears and chasing after love. I wish you and your boyfriend that absolute best, and hope that your life will be filled with love for years and years to come.

      You go, boy! :D

      J

  17. Sebas.

    Hi Jay!!

    ILOVEYOU! ????

    • Hey Sebas! I love feeling loved, so I love you too!!!

      J

      • Sebas.

        I’m sorry for the question marks on my previous comment, my keyboard didn’t do what it was supposed to hahahaha, sorry.

        I really love you, you’re like my row model, i’m 18 from Nicaragua, and your books make me feel butterflys, specialy on Something like summer the phraze “Enseñame a volar, mi hermosa mariposa”, when i read that, my heart starts melting haha, i know cheesy.

        Thanks for being so awesome jay.

        Love you
        Sebas. <3

  18. Martin

    Hey Jay,

    hope you’re doing good and making good progress in writing Something Like Autumn! I’m really excited and looking forward to learn more about Jace story!

    I just finished reading Something like Winter after I got Something like Summer for Christmas and read it within a few days :P I literally couldn’t put the book(s) out of my hands. And WOW! I love the books, they are perfect in every imaginable way! After almost every chapter I put the book aside for a while and just imagine all the scenes, places and emotions – you did an outstanding job here. I laughed, got angry, felt sad or even cried (both of happy and sad moments) and I want to thank you for all those wonderful emotions :) I’m really, really glad I discovered your book since they’re not very known in Germany! So consider me as just another big fan of your books from Germany.

    Could you tell us something about the similarities between you and Adreas, and Ben and Tim?! I mean like you’re from Kansas, Andreas was the foreigner from somewhere else …you’re blond and shorter, Andreas draws and paints ;) – I think you get what I mean?! Are there any similarities?

    And a general question: What do you do, when you run out of inspiration?!

    Thanks again and hurry up with Something like Autumn – I can’t wait to read it!

    Cheers!
    -Martin

    • Grüß Martin!

      It’s always nice to hear from readers in Germany! I’d love to have Something Like Summer and Winter translated into German so more readers could discover the story here. That’s something I’m working on. It’s great that you can dive into English books so comfortably. I really admire that, since German is still a tough language for me. :)

      As to your questions, I try not to write characters that are too similar to anyone I know in real life. You’re right though that I draw on certain traits. I’m very outspoken, like Ben is, but sadly I can’t sing. Andreas is actually more like Jace when it comes to his personality. He’s very kind and patient. Then again, I’m crazy about cats like Jace is, so you can see how it’s all a big jumble. My characters usually have something in common with me, which allows me to write them more realistically, but everything else about them is a mix of things that are made up or taken from somewhere else, so in the end, none of my characters are recognizable as real people. All that having been said, Ben and Jace’s relationship is a lot more like the one between Andreas and I than the one Ben and Tim share.

      As for what I do when I run out of inspiration, that hasn’t happened yet. When it does, I’ll head to the Arbeitsamt. ;) Seriously though, I usually go for a nice long walk or take a hot bath. Anything to clear my head and get me away from distractions. Once that happens, ideas start pouring in!

      Thanks for reading!

      J

      • Martin

        Hey Jay,

        there is a “dich” missing between “Grüß” and “Martin!” :P but I don’t want to be nit-picking about that – German is a tough Language indeed, especially for somebody who only knows English.

        I’ll keep reading your books in English since I like it better and it’s a good English practice for me and a great way to improve my vocabulary!

        So here is even an educational value your books have for me, besides the pure enjoyment of just reading them haha :D But I kinda already got the Jay Bell Virus and starting Kami Kaze Boys now.

        I hope and pray then, that you’ll never run out of inspiration! :)

        -Martin

  19. America

    i feel like im late to the biography party, but its never to late to party! anyways, i am a female that feels like a man… i mean im not lesbian, but i wish i was born a guy, i dont know how to explain it… but oh well! i like to read good books. i hate the warmth, but at the same time i hate it when its too cold, i dont know im weird… i like writing but i never think about getting them published, its kind of like a hobby i guess… i like polar bears, i have a small amount of friends, but i dont really care mostly because these are the people i can talk anything to and not be afraid to. thats it i guess, im not as interesting as my name, but hey im at a biography party!!!

    • Hi there! Nice to meet you. I definitely know what you mean about feeling like a man even though you’re a woman. I have friends that feel this so strongly that they’ve taken steps to change their gender, a decision that is very difficult. They’re amazingly brave. Like you, I also have just a few close friends. I’ve been that way my whole life. Quality over quantity! :)

  20. Hi there Jay,
    Is Berlin a good place for an author; I want to relocate from rural France and everyone says Berlin baby, yeah! So, you’re there, what do you say?

    They say that 80 percent of m/m erotic romance readers are straight women; is that something you have taken into account when writing; I have to admit that when I started I assumed this was gay guys for gay guys, how wrong was I.

    Love the website, very simple and euro-chic.

    Looking forward to reading you now that a new friend has put you my way. I don’t read that much, I write almost everyday with a mania.

    Love
    Alp

    • Hi Alp!

      I’m actually in Stuttgart at the moment. We don’t live in Berlin anymore. As for Berlin being a good place to be a writer, I suppose so. Cost of living is cheap, which certainly helps! There’s a lot going on there, all sorts of characters to meet and learn from, so yeah. Personally though, all I need is a quiet space and I’m good to go. As for all the female readers, I think it’s absolutely wonderful, but I don’t try to cater to them or anyone else. I primarily write for myself. Only when editing do I think of the audience, and then only to focus on clarity and brevity. Aside from that, I’m a very selfish author. ;)

      Nice meeting you!

      J

      • Many people have said the same, write your own story, don’t think too much about who reads it, a good story will be enjoyed by everyone. Quiet is good for the most part, that’s why I live where I do but connecting is much harder especially in the winter when the telephone cable gets pulled down by the weight of the snow!

        Which of your stories do I start with first?

        Alp
        xxx

        • Yeah, I definitely believe in writing for oneself. That way, even if it tanks, you at least still have a nice book to enjoy. LOL As for my books, Something Like Summer seems to be the one that sells most people on my work, although I’m probably fondest of Something Like Winter. Up to you, really. Whatever strikes your fancy! *towel snap!*

  21. Errikos

    Hello Jay and others,

    I am half-way reading the book “Something like winter” and I LOVE it!!! I am a 23 years old man who now lives in London and has trouble finding true love. Emotionally I have reached bottom since I can’t stand one more freaking day of being alone. I mean don’t get me wrong it’s not that I can’t stand being on my own. I miss romance and love. Everyone (especially men my age) are after sex and sex only in this big city. It’s not easy to meet gay men to go on a date with. If you look online you end up having endless conversations with strangers that 99% of the time lead nowhere. Then if you go out to clubs no one takes you seriously not to mention that you can barely have a conversation with someone as the music is too loud. Sure there are gay bars you can go to but they are usually full of greasy 50+ years old men. I have a quest for you: Where do young gay men find love in a BIG city today? That can be a new book for you to write and hopefully inspire young gay men like me. When reading your book I feel very emotional because both Tim and Benjamin are the kind of teenagers that I never was. I wasn’t lucky enough to fall in love when very young (I was 21 years old when I really fell in love with someone). I was never popular in school and still today I have not come out to my parents yet just a few examples. Please keep writing books and I promise to buy them.

    P.S. I would love to meet you and your partner one day. I need to meet the person who kept me up at nights reading but who also gave me a virtual hug and when I felt that there is no hope. Having said that I know that you probably get a lot of requests of this kind from fans.

    And for the record to all out there who might read this and come to wrong conclusions. I am a handsome man and the proof that looks can’t buy you everything, including love.

    • Meeting someone is extremely hard, especially if you’re gay. I don’t have a magic answer on how to do it, other than persistence pays off. I met my husband at a bar. Neither one of us enjoyed the bar scene, but we both happened to be there hoping for something more substantial. It took a lot of visits for us to finally find each other. You could always try gay reading groups, sports groups, dinner groups or just about anything else. There are a lot of options in London besides bars, so maybe look into that. Back when I was single, I did it all. Online ads, bars, groups… anything and everything. That’s how hungry for love I was, and though it took years and years, in the end all the effort was worth it. :)

  22. ed

    I just read “LANGUAGE LESSON” on smash words totally enjoyed it. As my health has forced me into early retirement I find myself reading a lot.
    You have filled my idle time with your wonderful stories of young love.
    We share our jay hawk state my lover of 18 years and I live in Ottawa. He also attended school in Merriam schools but back in the 70,s. Our daughter also attended grade school there in the 90,s
    My next book will be “SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER” keep them coming .

    Thanks
    ED

    • I’m not fond of the saying that it’s a small world, but Kansas definitely feels small. While your lover was in school in Merriam I was busy being born. That’s wild! As for retiring and reading a bunch, that sounds like a plan! It might be the only way I find time to read again like I used to. Please enjoy it for me!

  23. Austin Servais

    Dear Jay,
    I have just discovered your brilliance today. I wasn’t even on youtube to watch very touching and inspiring gay videos. I was on to watch Glozell be stupid eating cinnamon or Jenna Marbles mess with her pets. Anyway, I haven’t even read your books yet, but you already have a profound effect on me. I absolutely have to buy them. I have been looking for just these types of books that can express what life is like for the openly gay teenager like myself. (insert life story here.) Well, My life has been a weird rollercoaster and now that I look back on these fifteen years, I’m glad it went the way it did. I was born on November 4th, 1997 in Springfield Illinois to my mother Shannon and my father Charles. My father left us when I was four so I vaguely remember him. I am very fortunate to have my Mother and Grandmother that love and support me. (let me spare you all of the moving around the country.) I am now settled here in minute Willis, Texas. I guess you could say its the typical Texas town: full of hicks. I discovered I was gay in seventh grade oddly enough when someone put a rainbow sticker on my head as a joke and called me gay in a friendly way. It hit me like a wave crashing on a rocky coast. I literally sat in my room for hours contemplating my life and what I had done wrong to deserve being gay. I always thought that being gay would be the worst thing. I just didn’t know any better. It took me months to accept myself for who I am.

    I had my first crush in eighth grade on a boy named Ethan Atkinson. Unfortunately, he was straight (the good ones always are…). I told him anyway I liked him and he was ok with it, but told me to keep my distance. And so I did. I came out to my school before I did my mom. My friends were hugely supportive and I am so greatful for that. If my friends didn’t support me, I would have no purpose in life. The way I came out to my mom felt like the grand finale in a good movie. We walked around outside underneath a star-lit sky and through my tears and babbling, I asked her would she still love me even though I like boys. She looked at me and a single tear rolled down her cheek and she hugged me harder than ever before. Ever since that moment, my mom and I are a unit. We go shoe shopping together and I tell her what heels are in style or what would look good on her. I love her to death. Here I am in Willis High School. I have arrived so to speak. Quite honestly my life is better than ever. I love being gay and I wouldn’t change for the world. All my friends had always wanted a gay best friend. HA. I’m out and everyone accepts me, I am in all Pre-AP classes and in my awesome varsity choir. I will hopefully become the editor of the Wildkat Newspaper soon enough. My best friend, Kailey Strack, Is always there for me and she has helped me through the tough times. My current crush for like the whole 9th grade year is John Mangiameli (try saying that three times fast!) But alas, he is straight like the others. They all are, seeing how I am the token gay kid in our school. It’s full of lesbians, but not gay boys. (oh the irony) I am terribly sorry for my really short version of my life story. I just wanted to condense it for you to spare you the boredom of reading it. What I’m trying to say is that even though I haven’t met you or read your books, I am inspired by you. I want to grow up and be like you one day. I’ve only known about you for two hours, but it feels like I’ve known you forever (weird I’m sorry lol.) Someday, I hope to meet you and Andreas. And by the way, you two are the most adorable couple. I’m totally jealous…. :D
    Sincerely, Austin Servais (pronounced service)

    • Hey Austin!

      Thanks for sharing a bit about your life with me. It’s great to hear how far you’ve come in accepting yourself and such. That’s so cool! Meeting other gay guys in high school can be very difficult, but once you venture out into the world a little, you’re going to have an amazing time. You’ve already got all the hard stuff that some people struggle with out of the way. Soon, you’ll be able to reap the rewards. Just be safe and try not to break too many hearts! :) If you do find the time to read one of my books, definitely start with Something Like Summer. You’ll find you have a lot in common with the main character, Benjamin Bentley.

      Please do me a favor and visit this site again some day, even if it’s years from now, to tell me how things are developing for you.

      Best wishes,

      J

  24. Mathieu

    Jay I just finished your book, Something Like Summer and really enjoyed it. I plan to read Something Like Winter next. Being a graduate from Spring, TX in 1994 and growing up in Texas I was taken back with your novel and many forgotten memories were sparked. Thanks for writing such a great story. Look forward to reading more of your work.

    • Thanks, Mathieu! Glad you enjoyed Summer. I hope you have fun reading the other seasons too. As for Texas, did you go to McCullough High? I had a girlfriend who lived in Spring (yeah, I know) and she went to the same school as I did. If I had stayed in Texas, I would have graduated in 95, so it’s possible we passed each other in the hall once. :)

  25. Felipe

    Hi,

    I just wanted to write a little note expressing how much I love your books, especially the Summer Series. I read Something like Summer when it was released in about two days total and was so sad once it was finished. I loved it that much. I am an avid reader but there are only a handful of books that have touched me so deeply that they stay with me for years after I’ve read them. I can still see it like it was yesterday. So I was overjoyed to see Something Like Winter. It is just do damn cool to see the other side of the story, I don’t know which guy I like more – Ben or Tim. I loved the end of Something Like Summer and I remember what you said about characters living happily ever after so I hope that doesn’t change in the new book. Ben and Tim really do belong together.

    Having said all that, I also had to say that I can relate to this story and these characters. Actually I find myself relating more to Tim as I have been scared and afraid just like he was. I suppose I fall more in the middle of the Kinsey Scale or possibly a 4 but I totally understand what your characters have gone through and I know what it feels like to loose someone because of fear, lies and stupidity. It sucks to loose a great guy and unfortunately my story did not have the happy ending that Ben and Tim did. However I am a hopeless or hopeful romantic depending on your point of view and these characters have touched my heart and soul – all of them, from the stars of the show to Allison, Eric, Jace and even Marcello.

    So congratulation on all of your success, you deserve it. Your a tremendous talent, unbelievably gifted. I hope to read much more from you in the future. Your books will always be at the top of my list. In my eyes your stories are just as good as a world wide phenomenon of a famous boy wizard. With even more heart, more passion and a special magic all their own.

    • Hi Felipe!

      Thanks for your kind words. I’m pleased as punch that my books have stuck with you for so long. There’s no way they are equal to the Harry Potter books though. I love that series too much to agree. ;) I appreciate the compliment though. Hey, maybe Rowling would be willing to write a crossover with me sometime. Tim goes to Hogwarts! You just know he’d be in Slytherin.

      As for you relating to his character, I think a lot of us can. That’s why I was so eager to write Winter. From the outside, Tim might seem a little misguided, but once in his head, I think we’ve all been scared of being rejected, or silent because we didn’t want to lose the status we have. For me, this makes Tim the most lovable of characters. I’m sure you’re absolutely lovable too, and I hope that hopelessly romantic heart of yours soon finds its reward.

      Best wishes,

      J

  26. William

    Hey Jay,

    I just started listening to the audiobook of Something Like Summer. While I would prefer READING the book, it definitely helps make my morning commute much more bearable. Is there any word on when Something Like Winter and Something Like Autumn will also be available in listening form?

    • I’m honestly not sure if Winter and Autumn will be made into audiobooks yet. I’m still waiting for the first royalty statement on Summer to see if this will be a sustainable enterprise or not. I sure hope so, since it would be neat to have the others narrated. No matter what, it would probably be close to winter before another one was ready for release. Until then, you can call me every morning and I’ll read the other two books to you. ;)

  27. Dave

    I ran out of my usual contemporary murder mysteries so I read “Something About Summer”, then “Something About Winter” and just finished “Something About Autumn”. I think I am in love with Jace, and isn’t that just what he needed?

    You are a wonderful writer I hope you are also prolific because I am ready for many more of your stories.

    • I don’t know about prolific, but I usually manage a couple releases a year. I have a handful of other books out too, if you want to jump into other genres. No murder mysteries yet, although my mom keeps asking me to write one since she enjoys them too. :) I’m glad I could entertain you between cases!

  28. Brandon Hofmann

    Holy crap. Holy crap. Jay, I just…. dammit, man. DAMMIT. I finished reading “Something Like Summer” and I just want to thank you for the awesome adventure. I’m a big romantic for gay movies like Shelter, Brokeback, and Beautiful Thing, and am disappointed because a few of the gay-themed books I have read have never came close. They would use stereotypes and never realize that being gay is just a trait, it doesn’t solely define who you are. I was a bit skeptical at the beginning, but I’m glad I gave Ben a chase to grow on me. And Tim… good god Tim, I hated him, loved him, hated him, wanted to punch him, cried, then just…. AUGH! I found myself curled up in the corner of the bed hyperventilating with anticipation and nervousness. It has been a long time since a book had done this for me and this was the first to have gay characters I could relate to making it even more intense. I can’t wait to just throw more money at you when I buy “Something Like Winter.” I think I need a break to take in everything that has just happened, but damn, thank you so much for this awesome experience. I look forward to reading more from you.

    • Brandon! Take a deep breath. I don’t want to be responsible for you hyper-ventilating, although if I’m honest, I’m thrilled Something Like Summer has got you so worked up. I got pretty emotional while writing it, so it’s nice to see it had the same effect on you. If you hate-love-hate-punch Tim, I think you’ll really enjoy Something Like Winter, when you’re ready. He has quite the story to tell. I sort of wish I hadn’t written that book, just so I could go back and write it again! ;) Thanks for giving my books a chance and for your wonderful enthusiasm!

  29. Ray Rogers

    Jay:

    Have to say, I only discovered your books recently by surfing through the Kindle gay and lesbian category.

    Bought your “gateway” book, Something Like Summer, and was thrilled to see so much of it set in The Woodlands, where I grew up, albeit a little before the time setting of the book. I could picture the hike and bike trails, The Wharf, McCullough High School…and really related to many of the characters in the book as I swear I went to high school with many of them. It really brought me back to my high school days.

    Loved Something Like Winter as well as it was very unique reading from Tim’s perspective the same story and also getting a little better glimpse of how their story ends (or at least did at the time until Something Like Spring comes out). And, of course, very much related to Tim moving to The Woodlands when he did as I was about that age when I moved there.

    Then, I’m now in the middle of Something Like Autumn and just flipped out that it was set in Warrensburg, where I went to graduate school. How I relate to Jace’s need to get out of that town and the feeling of being so isolated there.

    I swear, I know this isn’t the case, but it sure felt like you were writing these books for me, following my journeys across the country. Your next book isn’t set in Orlando by chance is it? :)

    Please keep up the excellent work. I really enjoy them.

    Cheers!

    • Hey Ray!

      Small world! The reasons I set Summer in The Woodlands and Autumn in Warrensburg is because I too have lived at those places. Except I moved in the reverse order you did. My parents moved us from Warrensburg to The Woodlands, which had its benefits and drawbacks. While I was happy to escape small town life, I was also totally not ready for how much more fashion conscious other kids my age were. In other words, I stuck out like a sore thumb and everyone made sure I knew it! Anyway, it’s always nicer for me to set a story somewhere I’ve spent a lot of time at, since it makes it much easier to get on with the plot. And no, the next book won’t be set in Orlando… but another book of mine, Kamikaze Boys, does see the main characters visiting nearby Daytona Beach, since I also used to lived in Florida. Ever lived in Germany by chance? If so, we’ve got an even bigger coincidence. If not, maybe you should give it a shot! ;) Thanks for reading!

  30. Jay:

    Yes, Warrensburg and The Woodlands were definitely two very different places. I can only imagine moving to The Woodlands from Warrensburg. That must have been quite a shock. So glad you wrote your stories in each of these places. And, I may soon visit Germany. That has always been a goal of mine.

    Just bought Kamikaze Boys and can’t wait to get started with it.

    Danke schön! Danke!

  31. Colin Hutchinson

    I have now read all your books except A Touch Of Spring. Usually I get my books on Kobo but today none of your books are listed. I would like to buy your latest book and read it using Kobo. Can you please get it listed.

    • Looks like all my books are still up on Kobo here: I’m honored you’ve read them all. The next one, Something Like Spring, won’t be out until this winter, so you’re probably all caught up at the moment! Thanks for reading!

  32. Michael

    October 22, 2013
    Dear Jay,

    Please suspend your “royal status” as the guru of the YA gay novelists for a moment. (I say that in a complimentary way). I hope you read this as if it was your first of many words of praise. My words are genuine and are full of praise.

    I’m writing to thank you for the joy I’ve had in reading your books from the” Something Like Summer” Series.

    I guess you could say I’m as closeted as you can get and living in a small (and small minded) Mississippi town. Growing up an army brat, I’ve lived in many places. Unfortunately, these moves were frequent. Stationed at one place for a year or so, and then moving on to the next. I’ve met many friends but never was able to form a bond with others that most children naturally have in their adolescent and young adult lives.
    As timing would have it, my high school graduation in 1985 was immediately followed by my dad’s army retirement and a final trip home the next week to Mississippi. Not the best place to come out to the world that you are gay. So I never did. I managed to have a relationship so similar to that of Tim and Benjamin in “Something Like Summer” that I had to write to you (I know you get tired of hearing the same thing from all your fans). I was “Tim Wyman” without exception and “Benjamin Bentley” was a neighborhood boy from my home town and “coincidentally” ended up as my roommate my freshman year in college. A secret love started and the rest is history. (Sounds like a book to me doesn’t it?). Sadly, my “Benjamin” died tragically one year later from a head on collision. A driver of an 18 wheeler fell asleep at the wheel. Thankfully, he died instantly. So you can imagine how pleased I was to relive that part of my life through your great work in “Something Like Summer” and more appropriately in “Something Like Winter”.

    I’m truly a new and loyal fan. After signing up for your newsletter at Jay Bell Books and reading everything about your books and your success (in love and in your writings) I had to support your work. I bought your book “Something Like Summer” and fell in love with your work. I had to buy “Something Like Winter”….then .I REALLY FELL IN LOVE..lol.
    That was when I sent you a tweet (humor me and say you remember) saying I was waiting for the postman for my order of “Something Like Autumn”. NOW I REALLY REALLY FELL IN LOVE with the characters. I’m anxiously waiting to see the movie and purchase the dvd of “Something Like Summer”. Any word on the date of its release in theatres?

    So now, of course, I am anxiously waiting to fall in love with Jason Grant in “Something Like Spring”……. I can’t imagine REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY FALLING IN LOVE. Lol. But I’m ready!!!!

    I’m not your typical designated YA reader but I’m definitely a big fan. After reading those books I had to keep you living in the lifestyle you’re accustomed so I purchased “Kamikaze Boys”.

    Honestly, I had my reservations, thinking it couldn’t compare to the other books, I set the book aside and read all three of the previous books again. Not once, but twice before picking up “Kamikaze Boys” to read. I WAS SO WRONG….. Let me repeat that…. I WAS SO WRONG. Once again, I fell in love with your writing style and the characters in the novel. Great….GREAT Book Jay!!! I loved it.
    Today, I read your new blub for the book. I liked that much better and think if I had read that earlier I would have had fewer reservations. I liked that you allowed Conner to soften his edges and show his lovable side….just my opinion.

    Reading all your books has given me the courage to begin living life without reservation. I’m tired of hiding in that “big ass closet”. Although I’m not out yet, I know it’s slowly coming to fruition and I owe that to you. I refuse to live the rest of my life for others and never experience what love can bring. (Sounds sappy huh? Sorry).

    Thanks again for your books Jay. If ever you and Andreas are in Mississippi (LOL………) I’d love to give y’all the “grand tour” of Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Better yet, I’d love to take you both to an alumni tail-gate party while attending an Ole Miss Football game. There’s nothing like it. HOTTY TODDY! ( I told you I was “Tim” ha).

    I hope you know how much your gift of writing has touched us all and how grateful we are for having read them.

    My best wishes for your continued success,

    Michael Thompson

    mthompsonbsn@gmail.com
    1268 CR 90 New Albany, MS 38652
    662-507-1357

  33. Hello!

    My name is Craig and I just discovered your books and have added the very first one to our bookstore in San Mateo. Just thought you’d like to know that we’re looking forward to adding more!

    http://www.reachandteach.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1892

    • Thanks, Craig! You might have more luck with my second book, Something Like Summer. That one seems to be the most popular, and will continue to be so with the movie coming out next year. Best of luck with your store!

  34. Micah

    Hey! My name is Micah! I’ve fallen in love with ur stories! I’m reading Kamikaze Boys now n just finshed Something Like Summer! I’m Kansas bred myself n wondered how u lived openly in sucha conservative environment?! Lol SLS has really spoken to me in a way that no story ever has! I’m married and believe now it was only to passify my family….like it was an obvious next step in life. Now after 4yrs if marriage I am not happy and am in a dark place. She gives no affection and I do honestly love her but am torn between feelings! I just so desperately want to be loved that it kills me! Ben & Tim…..now that’s a story of LOVE!!! I want that! Any advice?! And would u write a sequel telling his Ben & Tim are?! Lol

    • Hey Micah!

      I actually found living in Kansas pretty easy. I had been living in Texas for years, and once we moved back to Kansas, it just felt more friendly there. Of course I had people call me names, but after hearing them so often, they didn’t have much effect anymore. More common was people surprising me by how accepting they were. I’ve lived all sorts of places since then, and met people of all backgrounds and ages who are okay with me being gay. Had I never come out, I wouldn’t have discovered that.

      My advice would be that your live for yourself. You still have a lot of living to do, and those years can be about you fulfilling your dreams, or you living a lie to make other people happy. People who really love you will want you to be happy, even if they don’t understand your choices or actions. That’s my opinion at least. Something Like Winter delves into more of this, since it’s Tim’s story. As for writing more about their lives, we do get to see a lot more in Spring!

      Best wishes to you! No matter what you decide, I hope you find contentment.

  35. Stewart

    Jay

    We love your books – When I went to Amazon I was so happy to see another book! I bought it right away! I can’t wait to read it.

    Thanks for bringing us such joy with wonderful stories about love

    Stewart

  36. Robert Davis

    Something Like Summer… WOW! I purchased this book on my nook a very long time ago (a couple of years) because of it’s high rating on the nook but never got around to reading it. Unfortunately my life has went in a direction that I could have never anticipated and I have absolutely no time to read anymore, because I am on the road around 15 hours a day. I’ve turned to audio books in the last couple of years though, and Audible recently suggested “Something Like Summer”. Recognizing the title, I purchased it and began listening a few days later. The audio version is about 9.5 hours long and I am normally not able to listen the entire time I am at work, but I just could not put this one away, so I finished it is the first day. It was so beautiful I had to listen again almost right away. The characters are very well written and the story although not without it’s heartache was beautiful. I live in the Houston area and am very familiar all the locations referenced in the Houston area in the book so that just added to the effect for me. I was just amazed that this is the first book, it left me wanting many more books from Jay Bell. I know this isn’t the most eloquent comment ever, I just type as I think, and well this is what comes out. In the end though, I just want to say a very big Thank You. I absolutely can not wait for more of your books to become available on audible, please keep it up, this was breathtaking.

    • Hey Robert!

      Thanks for sharing your story. It’s interesting to think that some people might buy my book but never find time to read it. I’ve never really considered that possibility, even though I’ve done the same thing occasionally. I’m glad at least the audiobook version could entertain you. I do hope to commission the next book, Something Like Winter, so that it will be available in audio format too. That will be later this year, if all goes according to plan. Fingers crossed!

      J

  37. Alby

    Hi Jay!
    Let me just start by saying BRAVO! I find myself pretty fond of reading but never have I ever been so invested in the characters of a book. Let’s start with Something Like Summer, right away I fell in love with Ben. Being a gay male on my late teens I could totally relate to his story (having a crush on the hot straight guy of school, story of my life) and I was completely captivated by his story and his adventures throughout the years. I wasn’t really that fond of Tim at first, but then of course Something Like Winter was around the corner just in time to change my entire opinion of him and actually start to admire him. Something Like Autumn was a big hot mess, I can only remember myself crying to my sleep from the beginning till the very end (thanks for that my house mates at this point were juggling the possibility of taking me to therapy). It was one of my personal favourites of the saga and Jace will always have a special place in my heart. To conclude, finally! I just finished Something Like Spring, it was really interesting and refreshing the introduction of Jason and how he ended up interacting with the characters of the other books. This book also made me cry (I swear I don’t cry that easily!) but this time they were tears of joy. In that last chapter I felt I was there sitting in that garden watching it all. By this point you’ll probably stopped reading or you’re starting to fall asleep so I’ll try and wrap it up. I just want to thank you for this incredible experience and blame you for putting my expectations way to high on guys! I’m originally from Spain but once I finished my high school years I came to a small city in the UK to go to uni. Finding love in such a small city isn’t that easy though I still dream that in one of my many flights back and forth between countries I’ll find my Jace! (I know, one can only dream).
    Anyway, I just wanted to say though I’ve never met you, you have a friend here you can talk to (as creepy as it sounds)!
    Thanks again :)
    - Alby @thehouseofcray

    • Hey Alby!

      Thanks for your message. Once I learned that you’re from Spain, I reread the whole thing with a Spanish accent in mind and it was very cute. If you ever see your Jace when flying around in the sky, just start chatting him up so he can hear that accent and I’m sure he’ll fall for you instantly. Of course I’m heavily biased since I married a guy with an accent. :) Anyway, I’m very happy that my books have entertained you. Sorry about all the tears, but at least Spring left you in a good place. There’s nothing I like more than a book that can make me happy-cry, so I’m honored that the latest installment did that for you. Best of luck with all of your studies, love searching, and travel!

      J

  38. Kate

    Dear Jay,
    I hope you don’t get too sick of reading gushing letters from adoring fans, because this is another one. I haven’t written a fan letter since 1996 when I finished Rob Thomas’ Rats Saw God. It’s been 18 years since I’ve felt this way about a book. Damn you, Jay Bell! Something Like Summer is so fucking magical. I barely ate or moved the day I read it. My toddler was running around the house naked left to fend for herself (not totally true; please don’t call CPS). The book is so good that I thought I was going to sink into a funk when it was over, because what else in life is going to come close to that? Then I find out that, damn you, you wrote Something Like Winter! Thanks to the magic of downloading books, I didn’t have to wait a second to get my fix. So now I feel like I’m coming off a 3-day cocaine-fueled bender. I have no idea what that actually feels like, but I imagine it feels about as terrible as I feel now. I will definitely read your other books soon after a self-imposed sanity break. I think we’ve all had a Tim or two in our lives, and the way you captured him was so perfect that my heart was aching through the entire book. You kept amazing me with the way you captured Tim in every tiny detail, down to the way he cannonballed into the pool. You’ve inspired me to write YA fiction again, a dream I’ve had most of my life but never gotten very far with. In my wildest dream, with my hardest work, I hope to write a book a fraction as good as Something Like Summer.
    Sorry for not being subtle in my praise. You have a special gift and your books will be in my heart.
    Kate

    • Thanks, Kate! I won’t call CPS if you don’t call PETA, because I totally ignore my cats to write these books. Last I heard they had held up a grocery store at gunpoint just to get some food. Poor things. Anyway, I’m happy the books could get you so high. Sorry to hear about the after effects, but at least there’s more stories to get you back up there again. It’s after you’re done with Spring that you’ll have to worry. I’m thinking about opening up a rehab clinic. ;) Best of luck with your own writing! I hope you do pick up the pen again. Just have fun while you work and I’m sure your readers will too!

      Best wishes,

      J

  39. Caleb

    Hi Jay,

    I’m sending this from work, because its the only internet I have in the middle east right now. But, I can’t tell you… being deployed, and having your books to keep me company… I feel more satisfied here than I did at my home station (romantically anyways lol). I just got to the part in “Something Like Summer” where Ben sang his song in front of the whole school to Tim and I have to tell you, your ability to strike a chord with me is uncanny in any other book series. Regardless of why, I sincerely appreciate it and wanted to make sure you knew that. I haven’t finished the book yet, obviously, but I’m so enjoying it I can hardly wait to have time to read. I wanted to ask you a question. If you aren’t too busy…

    Where do you find the inspiration for the characters and their personalities? Is it based on your life, or your observations of others?

    Either way, your book has given me hope for what I can look forward to in my life one day as well as a thrill enjoying old feelings of romance. So much so, my coworkers can recognize my cheeriness after reading particularly steamy or happy sections of your book. Lol.

    Thanks again Jay!

    Caleb

    • Hey Caleb!

      I’m pumped that my books could help keep you company while you’re deployed. I know what it’s like to be living far away from home, so it’s great that these books are giving you some comfort. That’s one of my sources of inspiration, since you asked. When I first moved to Germany, I really started missing the States, my mind returning to my past and everything I lived through. Not that these books are strictly autobiographical. Some parts are, some aren’t. Each story is a mixture of truth and fantasy. The same is true for the characters. I’ve never based a character off a real-life person. Not entirely, but there are hints of people I’ve known in my stories. Allison is a great example, since she’s all the best aspects of female friends I’ve had over the years rolled into one super-awesome package. Sometimes I write about my greatest worries, which I did with Jace. Or I write to help myself work through difficult situations I’ve been through, such as what happened with Victor. Heck, occasionally I just hear a cool song or see a striking photo that gets my creative juices flowing. You can see some examples of that here: http://www.jaybellbooks.com/category/inspiration/ So I guess my very sloppy answer is that I draw from all sorts of sources, both real and imagined. I hope that makes sense! Also, thanks for answering some questions on here, and for buying Summer for a friend. That’s really kind of you!

      Best wishes,

      J

  40. Jeremy

    Hi Jay,

    I just started reading Something Like Summer after seeing it suggested on YouTube. I’ve always been a big reader but this is one of those titles that you think of midday, as you wish you could be reading it, instead of being at work. Nice job!

    Best,
    Jeremy

    • Caleb

      Jeremy, I just finished it… prepare yourself. Twas amazing.

      • Jeremy

        Geesh Caleb, you’re right! I did not see that coming. I’m not sure which title to read next.

        • Caleb

          Jeremy, It goes:
          Summer
          Winter <– I just started it <3
          Autumn
          Spring

          Also, I bought Summer for a friend for his birthday, two days later I get an awkward email that says how much he both "hates and loves" me. :P He loved it!!

    • Howdy Jeremy!

      Thanks for reading Summer. I’m glad it sticks with you, even when you’re not reading. I love stories like that, where the characters sort of haunt you. It’s great too that you’ve continued on with the rest of the series. I hope you find them just as memorable. As for what to read when you’re finished… well, I better get back to work and write something new! ;)

      • Jeremy

        It would be great if you could come up with something by May? I teach kindergarten and am tired of Dr. Seuss.

  41. J

    Hi Caleb. Ok. I’ve started Winter and am hooked already. At this rate I’ll be done with all of them in a week or two. What do I do then?

    • Caleb

      J, I haven’t had much time to finish it. I’m in school and am CONSTANTLY working or doing homework. Regardless, if you’re as devastated as I was at the end of Summer, there should be some kind of post-Bell therapy. lol! Take a personal vacation and enjoy whatever good is in your life. Grab your bestie or an unaware cat and have a good cry. :P

  42. Jeremy

    Jay, I just finished the second book. I’m actually getting depressed that I haven’t found what Tim and Ben have. Why do you have to be such a good writer?

    Jeremy

    • I know that feeling. It took me years and years of trying and putting myself out there to find a meaningful relationship. Some of them didn’t last. The most recent one did, and has been going for more than fourteen years. But I definitely worried it would never happen. Persistence is key! Best of luck!

  43. Jay,
    I was at the October 31, 1981 fireside with Bruce R. McConkie and have searched for a transcript, but found nothing. He gave two talks – one on our relationship with God and a second on the path to perfection – both in a row. You seem to have written notes (see below) on at least the first one, but I can’t find a copy. Is it stlll available?
    Thanks,
    David

    Notes of the talk, 1981.

    Author: Bruce R McConkie; Jay Bell
    Edition/Format: Book Archival Material : English
    Database: WorldCat
    Summary:
    Typewritten notes taken during a talk by Bruce R. McConkie on October 31, 1981. The notes were compiled by Jay Bell. The essential theme of the talk is the Godhead.

    • Sorry, but that must have been a different Jay Bell. There are quite a few of us in the world. I was only four years old back in 1981 and probably not very good at taking notes. ;) I wish you the best of luck finding the right Jay!

  44. chantz

    HI Jay !!! I love your Books so far I’ve read kamikaze boys.I’m a very busy boy who finds it hard to find time to sit down and read because of school and work.Thats why I thank goodness for Audio books. I’ve already got Something like summer and just finished Something like winter on Audio book. Can I just say how much I’ve fallen in love with your writing ! you’re great at what you do and I hope you never stop writing. you have given a young gay guy something he can relate to and wishes he had a Conner, Tim, or Jace in his life lol. Anyways I really wanted to know if there will be more audio books? and not just for the Something Like series although those are the ones I’m most excited for but for any of you AWESOME books!

    P.S I hope you don’t judge me because I listen to audio books lol I do also read it’s just i also like to her a story idk its just something about hearing it read to you :)

    • Hey Chanz! I’m glad you’re enjoying the audios! Thanks too for reading some of my books. I understand about being busy, so you’ll be glad to hear that Something Like Autumn should be out later this summer on audio. I’m also releasing a short story “Like and Subscribe” as an audio book too. I think that one will be out fairly soon, so stay tuned!

  45. Randy

    Hello Jay, I’m one of your older fans, I’m in my 60′s and a huge fan of gay romantic audio books. I fell upon Something Like Summer and then Something Like Winter this past week. They both blew me away with their grandeur and scope. Can you send me more Kleenex please? I was so pleased to see there is more audio on the way audio-wise, but I may have to resort to Kindle as I don’t think I can wait that long to read Autumn and Spring. Congrats galore on the movie! Movie versions make me fearful, however. I so dearly hope that the emotion your wonderful writing brings to your books translates well to a screenplay so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. Thank you so much for Tim and Ben!

    • Hey Randy! It’s great to hear you’ve enjoyed the audios. One downside to listening to them instead of paperbacks is that you can’t tear pages out to use as Kleenex. ;) Autumn shouldn’t be too far away. This summer for sure. Spring won’t be out on audio until this time next year, so I’m afraid the wait is long on that one. Hopefully that helps you plan. I too hope the movie does the book justice. In my mind I’m treating it as Ben and Tim’s story from an alternate reality, rather than the story we know brought to the screen. Basically I want to avoid comparing the two, even though it’s only natural to do so. I can’t wait for the chance to though!

  46. Jrzy

    Dear Mr. Jay Bell,

    I have to say that ‘Something Like Summer’ is the most impressive and beautiful story I’ve ever read. I’m seventeen, from Spain. I have been looking for gay fiction and I found your book. I started reading and the more I read, more I liked it.
    This story is plenty of passion and true love and it’s just amazing the way you managed to write a 10-year plot.
    The relationship between Ben and Tim were so nice and beautiful but I must say that I cried when Jace died.That never happened to me before, lol!
    Anyway, I’m going to start ‘Something Like Winter’ as soon as I finish my finals haha.
    Finally I want to say that you’re a great writer and carry on writing those precious stories.

    My best wishes,
    A fan

    • It’s awesome to hear from someone living in Spain. Your country is high on my list of places I’d like to visit. Can I come live with you for a few weeks? ;) Definitely focus on your finals before starting Winter. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you ace everything. Best of luck, and many thanks for reading Summer!

      J

  47. Samantha

    Mr.Bell, I just finished the Seasons series, and I both wanted to laugh and cry at every chapter of each book. I find your works inspiring, and I’m already, as a young teenager, hoping to become a writer such as yourself. I’m writing a ‘lez’ love story, so I’m hoping it turns out well. As long as you keep on writing, the inspirational moments won’t stop.

    • Thanks, Samantha! I think it’s great that you’re writing a lesbian romance. I could be wrong, but there doesn’t seem to be near as many of those as there are gay male romance novels. If so, that’s a shame, because I find love stories between two women to be just as inspiring as those between two men. I hope you have a lot of fun writing the story, and I’m very grateful that you took the time to read so many of mine.

      *Hugs*

      J

  48. Bev

    Lieber Mr.Bell
    (the stern German I am I go with the Mr. thing ;) )

    I just discovered your “Season” books 4 days ago, right in time for my finals and returning home preparations and I´ve experienced summer, winter and autumn in the last 94 hours (which might give u a hint how seriously addicted I am or how incredibly lazy.Might be both)

    I really enjoyed your books even though they made me cry and get angry and frustrated at more than one occasion.
    The one thing I really really liked was that each book is a completely new story but you don´t have to get used to the characters anymore, after u read at least one book, because u already know them, they already crept up on me and I was kind of relieved not having to let go of them just yet when I saw there were “sequels” to “something like summer”. I don´t like to call it sequels because it´s more like go back in time and join another character for the ride again and again.
    Truth be told: something like summer left me pissed. Why? I fangirled (is that a verb?anyway…) Jace´s and Ben´s relationship so much that a was devastated to see my Mr.-perfect-husband pass away and Ben getting his second happy ending with Tim. Not that I´m not happy that Ben didn´t end up lonely and said and broken. The thing is I never really liked Tim after his teenage years. Sooo I ended up very unsatisfied about every maincharacters ending. Something like winter was kind of something like an eye opener on a lot of different levels, not just literally. I started to like Tim again, understanding his pain and fear and motives, as bad as some think they may are. I empathizes with him, a lot more than I thought I ever would xD
    The fact that I started to like him made it much easier to face Mr.-perfect-husband´s death. Jace´s fate seemed a little less crushing. And finally I made my peace with how it worked out and enjoyed each ending when I reread it with a new perspective.

    When I started something like Summmer I already knew it was kind of “educational” (I really lack of a better word here) side for me. That love is a goddamn complicated , multilayered thing. Especially when it came to the love triangle kinda situations with Ben, Tim and Jace. Dealing with that myself I never really understood when I was told just because you love someone else now doesn´t mean you stop to love the person before. That love doesn´t necessarily fades away but stays and maybe just changes in it´s form. Not meaning your love for your new partner isn´t just as real and intense. I had a lot of trouble understanding that when I was younger and gave my Ex trouble because of that too I´m afraid.
    Of course you learn when you grow up and aren´t an idiotic, naive teenager anymore but this book showed me what I was told back then can be true. As the audience of an amazing story.Vielen Dank.

    I could relate to different characters at different stages in their developement facing questions or troubles I knew or know myself and probably tons of other teenagers, young adults or old adults, everyone as well.
    Of course there are a lot of books facing the problem of coming to terms with oneself, getting ones heart broken, be clueless where to go or what to do next or to how to deal with losing someone precious (one way or another), coming out and be comfortable with yourself but why I purchased the following “season” books after something like summer was (of course I was in love with the story and characters, unless I wouldn´t read in nightshifts xD) because it made me see a lot of things from another point of view, another aspect what I failed to do so until now.

    Another topic u dealt with and which is kind of close to heart to me is the suicide or suicide attempts. Life can be a bitch really.(excuse the bad language but I felt it was neccessary)
    Luckily just for a few of us. After I read your authors note of “something like autumn” I felt like I could understand people I was once close to and chose to try attempt suicide better. Because you knew what you were writing about and I am so glad you did.
    Most books I read concerning suicidal characters, especially gay, transgender etc. are….how to say that nice?
    not any good at all.
    I loved how u gave two examples with Victor and Jace. It´s true that some people cannot be saved no matter how much you try and long for a magic cure and that no matter how bound to life (like Victor was to his mother and to his ideals , at least in my interpretation) they seem.
    It was a sad ending for an interesting character whoms ideals and view of life I couldn´t agree but was important nontheless to understand how Jace could become the man he was and how he could see love the way he did.
    I was very suprised to see the first page of “something like autumn” was a suicide note from Jace. Jace of all people! He always seemed to me as the most down to earth, comfortable with life guy ever!
    I was eager to see how he developed and I found much of myself in him (not that I want or wanted to commit suicide, no worries here). That he was so desperatly convinced the best time of his life was going to pass by and nothing better is to come is a feeling I know myself and it was so nice to see how fate turned with a blink of an eye and a gorilla mask!
    It´s a good example I guess for people who might feel the same way and struggle on their rocky road to growing in themselves or finding out of a dark whole they might find themselves currently in for whatever reasons.
    And once again dankeschön for not only giving the example with the bitter end but the spark of hope as well.

    I finished something like autumn about an hour or so ago and needed, really needed! to let all that emotions and impressions out and wanted to tell you you did a good job. You hear that a lot and thats absolutely right and good. But know you kind of helped another person ,who´s still too young to know better sometimes understanding a little bit more about the never ending complications of life and love! Oh gosh when that wasn´t a cheesy sentenced I dunno whatelse! xD
    But honestly though, nothing is better than an intersting, rollercoaster-of-emotion-story which also kind of helps you.

    I know Germany is awfully slow with translatiting books from other languages which is a shame by the way. Especially when it comes to gay literature we´re kind of living behind the moon here (at least I couldn´´t find much german gay literature which was any good to me).
    I hope so much your books will be translated because a lot of people could need to get their heads cracked open about homosexulity and related struggles.
    I read the comment of one of your readers currently living in Germany with a little son she´s trying to show that being gay is not a big deal. I´m glad people like her exist and hope there are much more than there seem to be.

    English being one of my major subject during my last years at the Gymnasium I was forced to read horrible, stupid, good for nothing books about stuff that didn´t teach me anything for real life or gave me a message or whatever.
    If I could recommend a book for an A level class in english I really would recommend “something like summer” because it´s not only great analyzing and writing a characterization and all those things material but most importantly it conveys messages (also apart from being gay is NOT the start of Doom Day for the world). Teenagers really could use some of those because that would help making them act less self-distructive to fit in certain virtues.I know so, I was not long ago one myself.
    I hope you made yourself a Nutella Brot so you didn´t starve reading this.

    Stay the awesome writer you are. I count on new books to guide me through remained teenage idiocy ;)
    herzlichste Grüße~
    Bev

    • Sehr geehrte Frau Bev, ;)

      How nice to hear from you! I’m thrilled you discovered my books, but I hope they didn’t negatively affect your finals at all. Hearing what you thought about the first three installments is great, and in many ways represents the journey I hoped to take readers along. All three guys have their good and bad sides, just like all of us do, so it’s good to give people second and third chances. But there also comes a time to draw the line and tell the other person to piss off. LOL

      I totally relate to how the English books you had to read in gymnasium were horrible. I had the same experience when I was in school. They gave us the most depressing or tiresome books to read, which of course scared many people off reading for pleasure. I even got in trouble for reading my home-brought books in school, which shows just how blind some educators can be. I love the idea of Something Like Summer being offered in school, although some teachers might take issue with the sex scenes. Maybe not here in Germany though.

      Speaking of which, at least one of my novels is getting translated into Deutsch. Later this year, Bruno Gmünder is releasing Zwei Jungs im Sommer. If things go well, they might pick up the other seasons too, so please spread the word if you know of anyone who might enjoy it.

      And finally, I didn’t eat a Nutella Brot while reading and replying to this, but I did snack on some Halloren Kugeln. They’re my favorite. :)

      J

  49. Kenny Jackson

    Well finally read “Spring’..waited for months as I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. It was awesome as expected. Thank you so much for the happy ending and your patience/love with these characters. Spent 30 minutes in the bathroom after crying, laughing, remembering the journey…didn’t want my bf of 23 years to worry. Jay, now that gay is OK everyday, are we going to see m/m romance novels go away.? Where did all the other guys go? Thanks bunches for this series of neat and tidy, high and mighty, drama, laughter, and messy mess…

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