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

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

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

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

Interviews with Jay Bell:

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

Comments

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

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

    2. Jay, I’ve read two of your books: Something like Summer and Straight Boy. Just finished Straight Boy, and I’m wondering if you know that there is a famous relationship in history that mirrors the fictional relationship between Andrew and Carter. Are you familiar with the story of Jack and Lem? Jack (John F.) Kennedy had his own version of Andrew. Jack and Lem met in high school and Lem remained a vital part of Jack’s life until Jack’s assassination in 1963. Lem even had a room at the White House during Jack’s presidency. It’s likely that you know about this already, but I just found out, and I’ve been around a lot longer than you have. Historical footnotes like this have a way of slipping through the cracks. If you don’t know this story, and are interested, get a copy of the book called Jack and Lem by David Pitts.

      More importantly, I really enjoyed Straight Boy. In fact, I read it almost in one sitting. It is a profoundly touching story, well told. I think most gay men have experienced something similar to Andrew’s glorious heartache. I loved the book. You did a great job.

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

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

    You are such a great writer!

    Best,
    Christopher
    CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Much love,

      J

      1. Looks like someone wanted free books and thought that by telling a sob story you would send them. Sorry, to be so cynical, but I have a friend who is an author who fell for a really sad story and later found out that this wasn’t the first time this person had done this.

  6. Hi Jay, next time please make sure your e-book on itunes available at Indonesia store! Thanks before. Love from Indonesia

    1. Author

      Are none of my books available on iTunes in Indonesia? Or are just one or two missing? Please let me know and I’ll try to correct the problem.

  7. Hello Mr. Bell! I’ve always wondered and stumbled hard on the internet just of the sake of looking where can I watch Something Like Summer movie. Could you please help me out to find it?

    1. The movie is only playing at film festivals right now. It’ll be available for everyone to watch late this year.

  8. Hello Jay! This is Dee from The Philippines. I so wanted to read your books so badly after seeing the movie teaser and I have been looking for a place where I could get them for days, but no help. I’m feeling that it was not published here in the Philippines ;( Any advice? BTW Imma traditional reader, I prefer physical copies of the book than ebook (Nothing againts those peeps who loves ebooks)

  9. Hello and. Bell!
    Thank you very much for writing such an amazing series. It’s so touching, so sad but in the end, so magical.

    You have my thanks for writing a gay teen romance as well. Few authors can manage that!

    May I ask you a more personal question?
    Do you have any tips on coming out? especially to parents…

    Thank you for your time and attention,
    Elliot

  10. Hi, Jay

    I can still hear the final lines from the “Spring” audiobook ringing in my head. I just finished it, and I’m sitting here at my desk in stunned bliss. It was simply beautiful. I think I need a couple of days to recover before continuing the series, which I’m very much looking forward to. Thank you for these amazing, breathtaking stories! I feel as if these characters really do occupy this world with us. They become more real with each layer you add in the series. I’m so glad to have discovered it. Best wishes!

    Mario
    Washington, D.C.

    P.S., I also lived in Germany, but only for one life-changing year. It was one of the best years of my life!

  11. Hi wonderfully talented Jay,
    I read your proposal for long term gifts. The on,y gift I would seek is reading your books and writings. Supporting you is my gift so that I continue to be entertained. Love your books. Ian

  12. Hi Jay. Just bought Straight Boy on my Kindle and read it right through, Different but as ever totally emotionally immersing. Loved Andrew and felt every second with him.Epilogue was amazing but rather wished you had made this a second volume instead of just tucking it away in a few paragraphs. But perhaps I say this because I do not want to say goodbye to Andrew and friends. Cannot wait for your next book. Have read them all, Loved them all,
    Elliott R.
    U.K

  13. Hi Jay my name is Zak and I have to say I have been enjoying your series Something Like. Unfortunately, I am on the last book. I am also one of those readers that when you finish an amazing series, it sucks that it’s coming to an end. I learned through this series that love is one complicated emotion. I just have one question is there any whispers at all about making the movie Something Like Winter? I would have to say that is my favorite book in the series. Also, is Straight Boy the start of a new series?

  14. I wanted to say that the characters in the film are so realistic, I had never experienced this but I have felt identified with the characters. see the character of Tim Wyman has helped me understand the first relationship I had, with a straight guy, friend of the bullys and social pressure suffered by my boyfriend trying to look like his group of manly muscled and bully friends. my boyfriend being bisexual in the closet.
    Jay, I’d like to meet you some day, the story of Tim and Ben has touched my heart!!!!

  15. I just saw someone had put a pdf of your novel straight boy on quora for free. Thought you would want to know.

  16. So, I just want to start by saying THANK YOU for the Something Like series. I’m currently on Something Like Spring, and I can’t get enough. I’m in the Navy, and I was recently on my ship in South America. I usually buy books to read when I go underway, and I stumbled across Something Like Summer while we were in Panama. I had no idea what it was about, other than it was gay related. I was in my feels for most of the book, and am absolutely in love with Tim. The ending of Something Like Summer KILLED me. I was sitting in the back of the theater room on the ship, reading it with a bunch of dudes around when Jace’s headache came back. I immediately had to get up and go to my bed because the tears came like someone broke a faucet. I’ve been telling everyone about these books, and you’ve inspired me to try and write something myself. Again, thank you for your creativity, imagination, and for giving us these treasures to read. I have one question though: Is Travis ever mentioned again? I’m wondering what came of him.

  17. I can not find something like summer dvd .l loved the book. Can you help me find it ?

  18. Hello, Jay: I’ve read and enjoyed all of your books; I always look forward to anything new from you. When I learned that Something Like Summer was going to be made into a movie I was really excited and looked forward to the DVD issue since theater attendance by a country boy like me is not possible due to the distance to metropolitan areas where screenings happen. So much time has passed, however, that my excitement has dulled. Perhaps too much hype and too little happening. I have visited the “official” website for the movie a number of times only to find that nothing is in the offing for a DVD release. Following are my comments sent to that website: “Many of us not living near cities where screenings of this movie have happened or are planned have been waiting for the DVD issue of this movie for a long time. Amazing that other such undertakings have materialized on a much more timely basis, going from book, to movie, to theaters, to DVD in relatively short order (e.g. Love, Simon). Kinda getting tired of waiting. It’s almost a joke, though not funny. Pathetic.” I loved the book. Will I love the movie? At this point it seems that I may never know.

  19. Jay Bell. Pleeeeeeeeease write a alternate book where Jace lives and grows old with Ben? I am sitting here after reading the second book, reading his death from his point of view. I am torn. Please tell me they would have made it to the very end if he didn’t have aneurysms? ???

    I honestly can’t fathom the rest of the series where he no longer exists, but in memory. I will continue the series because I am in love, but I love Jace too much to let him go. I love the books so much so far that not only did I buy the ebooks, I just bought the physical copies as well. I am lost, Jay Bell, I am lost. Much love to you.

  20. I just fell in love with your books. They took me through some difficult times. You are an amazing writer and I look forward to a life long readership relationship. Thank you so much for following your talent.

  21. There seems to be a lot people in the same boat as me – unable to see the (limited release) movie and waiting for either a DVD release or listed on a streaming service such as Amazon Prime, Roku or Netflix. There’s obviously a demand, will it happen soon?! I too greatly enjoyed the book and am in the process of reading the entire series.

    I’m disappointed you don’t post a response to these comments. Please respond when you can…

    Many thanks for your excellent books… Ralph

  22. Dear Jay

    I have read many books in my 24 years, but I have never cried as much as I have in “Something like Summer” and “Something like Autumn”. Ben, Tim, Jace, and Victor are so relevant to the 21st century. The dream is that, hopefully, one day, as soon as I am finished with my Masters and PhD in “Queer Theory” and the “LGBTQ+ community”, I will write academic articles about your books – “Something like Summer” was the first LGBTQ+ themed book I read, and it has changed my world ever since. Thank you for writing and publishing, and may you never stop.

    I have ordered the rest of the series, and cannot wait to read them.

    Kind regards
    Matthew

  23. Dear Jay ,
    I have read and own most of you something like series , wonderful books !
    I was also thrilled and excited about the movie, something like summer !
    I was also a contributor to the kick start on the movie .
    I along with many others was not in an area where I had access to the screenings of the movie !
    Con you please fill us in on the latest news on the availability of the movie ?
    I have previously contacted blue seraph and they just keep saying, it’s coming,
    My last emails to them have gone unanswered .
    I would hope you can give us some answers, or have the blue seraph give us some answers?
    We are sadly disappointed that questions go unanswered !
    As of this date 5/4/2019 I am still wondering !
    Is the release dead, will we never see this movie ?
    I love your books and will continue to be a loyal fan .

  24. Hey Jay 🙂 Just wanted to tell you that I admire your writing process so very much. Trying to write a story as a poet has proven extremely difficult, mainly because I can’t seem to get a grip on the characters’ individual stories. What’s amazing about your series is how you write each book with every character already developed. Just wanted to say I love your style and I hope you keep writing. Thanks guy 🙂

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