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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)

238 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!

  5. Lucas

    Well, I honestly don’t even know where to begin…. I just finished “Something Like Summer” last night. Tried sleeping multiple times, but couldn’t resist not knowing what would happen next. When away, I’d play story lines through my head hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. All In all, I read the entire book last night. Didn’t get much sleep whatsoever, but it was completely and totally worth every second I spent reading. The entire book practically expressed most of the feelings I have going on in my life, just knowing that it is possible to find happiness gave me hope for what I have in store for me.

    Since I know so much about you, you might as well know your audience. I myself am just a simple gay guy. Still in high school, which is why I was so capable to relate everyone’s feelings. I’m personally now considering writing as a hobby for just myself in hopes to make a masterpiece just as stunning as your own.

    Can’t wait to read more! Best wishes!

    • Hey Luke! I’m glad you enjoyed the story. When I was in high school, I spent many many nights reading instead of sleeping. I was always tired at school. LOL Anyway, I think it’s cool that you feel like writing to entertain yourself. That’s what I do with every book I write. I’m just telling myself stories. The editing–that I do for other people, since I want the story to be clear and the emotions to translate. That first draft though, that’s always just for me. So I wish you much luck with your own writing and hope you have lots of fun!

  6. Jay…I just find it excitingly odd how my life is intertwined with your books. While I’m not sure where geographically Something Like Lightning may take us, I find it very coincidental that I have lived in Warrensburg, MO, Houston, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. Well, now, I’m moving from Florida to Austin. And, on my car ride, I’ve got all three Something Like… audio books to keep me company.

    Please keep up the good work. I can’t wait to find out where I’ll be moving next in Something Like Lightning. :)

    • Small world, isn’t it? I don’t know if you’ve read Kamikaze Boys, but part of it is set in Florida. Now we just need you to spend some time in Kansas and you’ll have been most places in the books. ;) Warrensburg is the most surprising to me, since as you know, it’s not exactly a thriving metropolis. I hope you enjoy Austin! Say hello to Ben and Tim for me!

  7. Heather

    I had stumbled upon your books in the middle of summer, first reading Something Like Summer and I instantly fell for the book and got the rest of them and read them all within a two week time period. At first I was hoping it wasn’t one of those other books that there ended up being a horrible tragedy (yes, I do know there was a couple, but nothing as bad as other books).
    I am now so excited to read Something Like Lightning because I had wanted to know Kelly’s story for so long, I think that series is going to be so amazing and I really hope that one of the books is about Eric since he was one of my favorite characters in the books.
    Before this, I hadn’t read that many lgbt books other than Boy Meets Boy, but I hadn’t liked that one as much as these. And it seems so hard to find books in this area in a local Books A Million or a Barnes and Noble. I mean I do know there are places like Amazon to ship the books to you, but I’m impatient and like to read books right away and I’ve never been the biggest fan of reading on my mobile device for some reason. I like physical copies that I can read and read until the thing ends up falling apart (I had that incident with a copy of Good Omens and The Picture of Dorian Grey happen to me this year. Had to get new copies) Even though in this day and age (who am I kidding, talking like this, I’m 17) things are getting more and more electronic now and I understand that no one wants to go on a vacation with a carry on bag just of books (I am guilty of doing just that) and I do have my iPhone where I will sometimes buy books to read on the go from either Amazon or iTunes. But I will still buy physical copies anytime I can.
    Well I got off topic very quickly, even in typing I can ramble.

    • Hi Heather! I like your rambling. I’ve been known to do the same, especially when in front of a keyboard. :) Thanks for being so enthusiastic about my books. And for being curious about Kelly. Not many people were asking for his story, since he comes across as bitchy in Spring. Come to think of it, he’s also bitchy in Lightning, but when you see things from his perspective, hopefully you’ll love his attitude as much as I do.

      As for electronic versus print, I personally love digital stuff. It’s just too convenient. I even read comic books that way. The exception is art books, which I feel still need a large physical format. Besides, sometimes it feels good not to strain my eyes looking at a screen. My husband Andreas is more like you. He’ll never give up print, but I’m glad, since a room full of books is instantly more cozy. You’ve got great taste by the way. Good Omens and Dorian Grey are both fantastic reads! Best wishes to you. Please let me know what you think of Lightning after you’ve read it!

  8. Andres

    I don’t really know what brought me to the Something Like Series, to be honest I totally forgot the thing is I bought it from amazon in kindle version because i kinda dislike weighting the books in my hands (and i switch a lot when reading) so my tablet is easier for that purpose. Anyway I started reading and I was hooked like nothing before I couldn’t put the book away and ended up reading it in one day (lets just say i had a leisure weekend :P) I instantly bought winter, autumn and spring, I knew I was in for a treat and wow they even got my sleep scheduled mixed up for 4 days, I just needed to know what was going to happen next. Now it’s time to go back to real world and deal with all those things i didn’t do because I was reading but it was completely worth it. Now I’m restraining myself to buy lighting until next week so I can give it the dedication it deserves.
    Great books, i will ask for the other books for Christmas and seclude myself a couple of days to read them all :).

    • Hey Andres! It’s great to hear how you gobbled up the Seasons books. You make them sound addictive and habit forming. I’m especially flattered you lost sleep over them. I often can’t sleep at night because I keep thinking of what needs to be written next, so I suppose we suffer from that problem together. I hope you enjoy the other books too!

  9. Phil

    Hi there,

    I just wanted to write you and let you know how much I love and appreciate your books. They are all so amazing and you are an amazing author. I’m currently reading Something like Autumn and once again you have made me fall in love with the characters in your book. I was hesitant at first because why I liked Jace in the other two books I wasn’t sure he had a full backstory. Now that I’ve met him as a young man and met Victor I am a prisoner to yet another great read.

    You have a great gift Mr. Bell. I always have a book with me so I’m very much an avid reader but with your books I just cannot put them down. I feel like I’m visiting a friend and hanging on their every word. I’ll be completely honest with you, there are only a couple book series that I would read and re-read over and over and that also feel like old friends or family members when I read them. The Something Series is like that for me.

    I can so relate to so many aspects of your books and all of the characters have aspects that speak to me. I’ve got a huge crush on both Ben and Victor by the way. I’m finally realizing who I really am later in life. Not super late but I am 40. And your books have helped me in two wonderful ways. They have helped me see that there is absolutely nothing wrong with me and that you can’t help who you love. The only way to be is to be yourself no matter what and stay true to the real you. The other way you have helped me is that you gave me the inspiration to finally set down and start writing myself. I constantly have ideas, and I keep a journal but I’ve never started developing any of them. I recently re-read Summer and Winter and now as I said I’m reading Autumn and I thought why not start developing my ideas. I have things to say and share and what better way than through the magic of books.

    So Mr. Bell my hat is off to you, keep doing what you are doing, keep writing from and to the heart. You are a bright light in a world that sometime becomes extremely dark. I wish there were more of you in the world just imagine what we could do and what a truly beautiful world this would be. Thank you for Ben, and Tim, Alison, Jace, Victor and all the others. You are a true master and beautiful person.

    • Hey Phil!

      Thank you so much for the heartfelt message. I was very moved by it. It’s great to learn that these books have helped you come to terms with yourself. Odd as it might sound, they’ve helped me in that regard too. I’ve been comfortable with who I am for a very long time, but relationships are very confusing. No two people seem to love in the same way, and there are no reliable rules when it comes to emotions. Through these characters and all the experiences they go through, I’ve been abe to pose a number of questions to myself and… well, I’m not sure there are such things as answers, but I feel like human nature makes a little more sense to me now. I also feel like I’ve built a little extended family for myself, since Ben and the others feel real, near, and most definitely dear to me. That you feel similarly is so wonderful to hear! Thank you for loving these characters and for opening yourself to their stories. I do hope you start writing, since it can be a wonderful adventure. Best of luck to you!

  10. Well, that’s it. I’ve just finished reading Something like Lightening and (to my knowledge) I’ve read all your novels (translated to: what am I going to read now???!) I’ll be patently waiting for the next! I love your novels, your sense of story telling. They always take me away, sometimes quite melancholically! Thanks for writing and sharing your work so consistently.

    Until the next great installment, thank you!

    • Hey Chris! Thanks for reading all my stuff! Did you breeze through the short stories too? If you’re looking for other books to read, there’s a “What to Read” button at the top of this page. Maybe something there by another author will catch your eye. Just don’t forget about me, okay? ;)

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