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Jay’s Page

Jay’s Page

 

      I’m a storyteller. My skills at writing are subject to opinion, my punctuation has been called interesting at best—but I am a storyteller.
     I am, of course, many other things. In seven decades of living, there are great numbers of things that have attracted my attention. I am, for example, an electrician. I can also design, build, and install a range of things from stairs and railings to flooring, and tile backsplashes. I can even giftwrap a box from the inside, so to speak, by wallpapering the house.
     I’m an engineer, one who has designed computers and computer systems; one of which—during the bad old days of the cold war—flew in the plane designated as the American President’s Airborne Command Post: The Doomsday Jet.
     I’ve spent seven years as the chief-engineer of a company that built bar-code readers.
     I spent thirteen of the most enjoyable years of my life as a scoutmaster, and three, nearly as good, as a cubmaster.
     I joined the Air Force to learn jet engine mechanics, but ended up working in broadcast and closed circuit television, serving in such unlikely locations as the War Room of the Strategic Air Command, and a television station on the island of Okinawa.
     I have been involved in sports car racing, scuba diving, sailing, and anything else that sounded like fun. I can fix most things that break, sew a fairly neat seam, and have raised three pretty nice kids, all of who are smarter and prettier than I am—more talented, too, thanks to the genes my wife kindly provided.
     Once, while camping with a group of cubs and their families, one of the dads announced, “You guys better make up crosses to keep the Purple Bishop away.” When I asked for more information, the man shrugged and said, “I don’t really know much about the story. It’s some kind of a local thing that was mentioned on my last camping trip.” Intrigued, I wondered if I could come up with something to go with his comment about the crosses; something to provide a gentle terror-of-the-night to entertain the boys. The result was a virtual forest of crosses outside the boys’ tents.      That was the event that switched on something within me that, now, more than twenty-five years later, I can’t seem to switch off.
     Stories came and came…so easily it was sometimes frightening. Stories so frightening that one boy swore he watched my eyes begin to glow with a dim red light as I told them (it was the campfire reflecting from my glasses, but I didn’t tell him that).
     Then, someone asked for a copy of one of my campfire stories, which brought me to the word processor. When that was finished, I wondered: could I write something other than technical articles and campfire stories? Something with dialog?
     “Something with dialog,” when completed, led to: Can I write in the first person? Do an adventure? A romance?
     Having finally sold a few novels (four, to date, the latest to Double Dragon) plus a handful of short stories, I am living proof that if you work at something for long enough you will eventually get it right.

     And, because I am a proud Grandpa, I naturally include a picture of Sydney, at fifteen months old.
Fifteen months kitchen phone
Eyes you could drown in.

And as she is today, at four:

School 2015 spring

 

7 responses to “Jay’s Page

  1. francespawley

    February 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Well done, you sound a really interesting character!

     
  2. Mike Reilly

    August 10, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Jay

    It’s Mike in Ireland (ButtonMan88 from Authonomy). Can you email my at my address because I need to confirm name details for crediting you in my book and getting an e-version to you in Sep.

    Thanks

     
  3. Charles Bernstein

    January 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    The Purple Bishop, brings back a ton of campfire memories, Jay …All Good

     
  4. Zena BG LeCoff

    April 8, 2014 at 6:38 am

    After knowing you most of my life…I am now getting to know the “real” you..perhaps I am now mature enough to understand such a complex man such as you! I always had a wonderful attraction to you, you are a beautiful soul… I’ve always loved you ❤

     
  5. Old Fat Prop

    June 2, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Cool site.. Very well organized and easy to navigate. I landed here from the Word Cloud after chasing your link. I particularly liked the subtle ads in the margins. Divorce in PA, “If your spouse is a Louse…”

    Liked the blurb bit for Posse. Suggest you read Robert B Parker’s Potshot.

    Orf for a poke around….

    Most Best,

    Jeff

     
  6. Janet Cammarata

    February 21, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Having just read your book “Samantha & The Bear” for the 2nd time, I have finally come to your blog. You are a very fascinating author and I was so pleased with that story. I plan to read many more of your books. Thank you for being you!

     

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