Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
When not ranting about society and its ills, Jay writes short stories for literary and men’s magazines like “The Stake,” “SingleLife,” “A Carolina Literary Companion,” “Aura Literary/Arts Review,” and others. He has penned three eBooks: TAX BREAK, WINGS OF HONOR and SEX and the AMERICAN MALE. You can find them at Amazon.com and other ebook retailers.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
SEX and the AMERICAN MALE came about partially as an homage to Douglas Adams (sort of a Hitchhiker’s Guide to American Society) and as a way for me to parody how America is consumed by consumerism (pun intended).
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
In the old day, I used to write everything on paper notepads and then either type it up or, after I could afford it, on a computer. Nowadays, I tend to go to coffee shops and write a little on my iPad, then send it to myself via email to further flesh the story out on my computer.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Robert Ludlum, Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, Leon Uris, James Michener and especially James Thurber.
What are you working on now?
Besides my blog called The Thurber Brigade (http://thurberbrigade.blogspot.com/) and a few HUB articles (http://hubpages.com/@jaywill), I’m working on a follow-up to my book TAX BREAK. It reunites a bar owner/former CIA operative with a movie-loving young police detective as they investigate a new wave of vicious attacks by what many think is a terrorist group, but it’s set in the 80s instead of current times.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Like many, I tweet a lot about the books, mainly with odd quotes and interesting pictures, and I usually create a FaceBook page for the book. For example, you can see funny pictures and odd things about my most recent book at: https://www.facebook.com/SexAmericanMale
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I remember a lecture by James Michener, given at the opening of a writing center with his name here at UT-Austin, and he said the best way to learn writing is to write. It was a bit ironic obviously because the idea behind the center is to teach writing and here he’s saying just write, but I still think it’s the best advice.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Here’s a little bit from Leon Uris book “QB VII” that I still think is great:
IT CAME MY TIME TO SPEAK AT THE BANQUET. I STUDIED THE TENSE, EAGER FACES AS I APPROACHED THE ROSTRUM. “WHO HERE WANTS TO BE A WRITER?” I ASKED. EVERYONE IN THE ROOM RAISED HIS HAND. “WHY THE HELL AREN’T YOU HOME WRITING?” I SAID, AND LEFT THE STAGE. THAT ENDED MY CAREER IN WRITERS’ SEMINARS.
Uris, Leon. QB VII (p. 161). Open Road Media. Kindle Edition.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading a sample of David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest.” I say sample because I’m trying to decide if I want to read the entire 1,000 page book.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m going to keep on keepin’ on.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Toss-up between Vonnegut’s “Breakfast of Champions,” and Douglas Adams “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”