Introducing local Indiana author, Jay Coles… Part 1
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure, I’m a English and education major at Ball State University. I graduated with an AS in Liberal Arts from Vincennes University. I enjoy reading, writing, traveling, and watching movies! I am also the proud father of a shih tzu named Max! And a fun fact is that, I wrote my first book when I was in 5th grade, but my first published book was released when I was a junior/senior in high school.
What books do you currently have published?
Currently, I have 3 books I wrote successfully that are now published, but I’m also featured in two “surprise” books. The 3 books I have published are The Growing Feathers, Under The Lights, and Lionheart
What do you do when you are not writing?
Eat, cause I love doing so. However, I also volunteer at my local animal shelter, tutor, among other things.
Do you have a day job as well?
Does being a full time student count? It sure as hell should. Haha!
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
Oh. My. God. This question has me hyperventilating. Just kidding, but something really weird that no one really knows about me (It’s kind of my BEST KEPT secret) is that I compose classical music like string orchestra tunes, band tunes, and symphonies. However, I’ve been told I am a beast at pantomime.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
Such ambiguity! I started writing very early, like when I was 11 or 12 years old. Of course, everything I wrote involved Harry Potter and Judy Blume references. I finished my first book during winter break during my junior year in high school. It was a good Christmas gift to myself, I guess.
Where do you get your ideas?
I don’t know, actually. They just come to me. I’d like to be cliche’ and say from dreams, but that’s not one hundred percent the case. I am extremely social and I experience a bunch of stuff with every person I encounter and some people just inspire characters and stories for me to write. However, books, movies, and dreams all help me with outlining the plot(s), if that makes any sense.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
You aren’t a writer, if you don’t experience writer’s block. (Haha!) All of the best writers experienced it. Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, many others, too, especially modern day writers. So, yes, I experience it… and probably more so than others. Literally, it takes me months and months to get over writer’s block. I have to force myself into the most awkward situations to come out of it. It’s like this metaphysical coma. Just without all the seriousness.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
Mainly, I just write. However, if I’m trying to create another world, I outline. I mainly try to stick with what the characters inside my head are saying and things just flow from there.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? Why did it influence you?
Growing up, there weren’t as many YA books or MG books as there are today, but I certainly enjoyed Harry Potter, Judy Blume, books like the Giver and Aiken’s the Wolves Chronicles. However, I have a particular fondness for absolutely ANYTHING by the lovely apple of my eye and fire of my loins, Jane Austen. She was badass! And her heroines were, too! If I had to choose one book that influenced me the most, I’d have to say it was Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Oh. Those feels have not went away. It’s just so genuine and poignant and a lot of my characters want to grow up to be as strong as Pip, in a way.
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