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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.
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My name, if you haven’t guessed already, is Jay Bell and I was born February 19th, 1977 in Merriam, Kansas. For simplicity’s sake let’s say I grew up there, although I also spent a decade in Missouri and Texas somewhere in between. I suppose my childhood could be summed up in two words: rebellious nerd. Come to think of it, that pretty much covers my teen and adult years as well.

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

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

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)

226 Responses

  1. Michelle

    Hi Jay! First of all, I am a major fan! The Something Like series is my favorite series ever, and I am very excited for Something Like Lightning! I have to admit that when I read Something Like Autumn, I pretty much sob from the wedding until the end of the book. You do such an amazing job making your characters come to life because in spite of the fact that I am totally in love with Jace, I can still come to terms with Ben moving on with Tim. I did get to love Tim in Winter even though I swore I wouldn’t. I also think it helped that I read Autumn BEFORE Winter. There is something I have been wondering since I first read Autumn. Do you like Victor? Am I supposed to like Victor? I don’t. In fact, I can’t stand him. I was never comfortable with him from the moment he scared my Jace by making Jace think he was being robbed. Then all he did was hurt Jace over and over again. He didn’t even feed his cat. Am I strange that I liked Adrien way better than Victor. Yes, Adrien had trust issues where Jace and Victor were concerned, but who could blame him? So I ask you – Do you like Victor?

    • Hi Michelle!

      Thank you for reading the series and for feeling so passionate about the characters. That means the world to me! As to your question, yes I like Victor, although I don’t think he’s a very likable character. I also hate that he didn’t feed Samson. I think by that point Victor was probably struggling with a mental illness himself, but as an animal lover, I find that sort of behavior unforgivable. That having been said, I’m grateful to him for being a part of Jace’s history. At the beginning of Autumn, when Jace is about to jump off that bridge, it’s because he sees the world through a very restricted perspective. He believes there is only one course his life can take.Victor is at the opposite end of the spectrum. He refuses to travel down familiar paths, and he actively dismisses preconceived notions. In a way, that’s exactly what Jace needed to be exposed to. No limits. Ultimately, I feel Jace made the most of that philosophy. Much more so than Victor did. So Victor was complicated and far from perfect and not the right guy for Jace, but he was a formative part of his life anyway. I’m guessing you’ve had people like that in your life too. I know I sure have! :)

  2. Randy J

    First, the season trilogy (not counting Spring of course) was epic, truly amazing. I just finished Autumn as an Audible. Kevin Free was amazing. Spoiler alert for future unbaptized Season readers: I found for myself that Autumn was like reading a eulogy for a character that quite frankly I never liked a lot. Let’s face it, the trilogy is about Ben and Tim. I even liked Victor better than Jace; but I think my feelings about Jace are because he is given as a man we’d all like to be, but mostly are not and we feel guilty about that. Jace was without a doubt a man of values and integrity. He had no spiritual flaws, all of his flaws unfortunately were physical. Can somebody really give their life up at the end they way he did in Ben’s arms,believing that a future surgery would only steal his mind and personality? When the final three words of the book was, “He was loved,” I wept. The good always die too young.

    Thank you so much for the series, Jay. I am looking forward to the movie and hope the screenplay does your book justice. I will read Spring soon or wait for the Audible and get into the Lightning series by either method. I’m a fan and you’re at the top of my list of gay romantic authors.

    • Thanks, Randy! I’m pleased that you got caught up in Autumn emotionally, even though Jace isn’t your favorite character. I’m also happy you’ve been enjoying the audiobooks, and that you appreciate the fine work the narrator did. I agree with you. Kevin R. Free is amazing! As for Spring and Lightning, I’m afraid neither will be coming out on audio this year, but I hope to see an audio release for at least one of them in 2015. So if you don’t want to wait, the book version might be your best bet. Thanks for your support!

  3. Tiffany

    just stopped by to let you know (in case you care) that I, a strait, married, mother of four, absolutely LOVE your stories!!!! They’re just beautiful, well written, honest love stories. Thanks for putting them on Oyster :o)

    • Hi Tiffany! I do indeed care. :) It’s always fun for me to learn how diverse my readership is, so I’m glad you let me know. You’re also the first person who has told me they read my books through Oyster, which is useful to know. I’ll make sure future books end up there too. Thanks for taking a chance on my stories!

  4. Mirko

    Thank you very much Jay for you incredible book “Something like summer” i love it! I wait you next books.
    Mirko from Italy kissess

    • Thanks, Mirko! I’m not sure if any more books will be coming out in Italian, if that’s how you’ve been reading them. If so, maybe let the publishers know you want more, or help spread the word to other readers. Thanks for reading Summer!

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