Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Jay Harris is the author of the top ranked novel, Locked Up, a Shawshank Redemption meets The Matrix story that redefines what it means to be human.
He's a husband and a father here upon this earth and that's his primary focus. Off the earth, in places he can't mention, he's many other things, one of which is a super powered muscle man.
Jay lives a modest life with his beautiful wife and daughter. He loves basketball, working out, and spending time with family. He has a creative mind and uses writing to put his awesomeness on paper.
Science fiction and fantasy is Jay's primary love, but anything with a good, positive vibe can pull in his attention. He likes books with an uplifting and encouraging concept, even if it's hinted in a sub-plot.
His main reason for writing is to inspire his daughter to love books. He talks about plot points and character development with her to help her be a part of the process. He simply wants to help her love reading and writing.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is titled Locked Up. It's inspiration was rooted current societal views on law enforcement and the need to show a law-enforcement officer as a regular human being, weaknesses and all.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
If an author tells you they aren't unusual than they are mistaken. My mind is flooded with a never-ending waterfall of ideas. I'm known to annoy my family waking up in the middle of the night to write down an idea I don't want to forget.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I'm heavily influenced by any author that can portray a valuable point in a way that is exciting and captivating to readers. I enjoyed the young adult series, I am number four, Cinder, and the Host just to name a few.
What are you working on now?
Released, the sequel to Locked Up.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Facebook is where I interact the most, but I'm on Twitter as well.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don't write for any other reason than your own passion. It's hard to avoid the pitfalls of money and popularity, but don't lose your joy. You can't make everyone happy, and don't think you have to.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I was given was "you suck." I know that sounds terrible, but it was the beginning of my writing experience, and I needed to be told the truth. Learning of your flaws is the only way to fix them. The best advice you'll be given is honest and real.
What are you reading now?
The Cinder series.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Just continuing to learn and grow as I work on my next manuscript. Of course, I'd love to try and sell the movie rights to Locked Up. It's a story worth telling.
What is your favorite book of all time?
There isn't enough room on the internet for me to list all my favorite books.