Today it's Jay Northcote's turn to sit in the Hump Day Hot Seat…
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Battling against my own insecurity. Every new project feels impossible! But somehow I find a way through it.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I think I only have one that’s got a significant amount of words that I’ve abandoned and not come back to yet. But I might finish it eventually. The Law of Attraction languished three chapters in for a year or so before I finally went back to it, and that ended up being one of my most popular books yet.
Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Yes! I have a terrible case of it at the moment actually. I think there is so much going on in my life that I just don’t have the focus and concentration to spend on reading. I can literally manage about ten minutes at night before I fall asleep. I really miss it though. Reading used to be a huge source of pleasure and relaxation and I hope I will get it back soon.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I’m currently re-reading a favourite book – Vespertine by Leta Blake and Indra Vaughn. Even though my daily reading time is sorely limited I’m loving it. It’s such a great story and it’s wonderful to revisit it. I’m not sure what’s up next for me; I think it might be some proof-reading for Garrett Leigh, which definitely won’t be a chore!
Do you keep a file of plot ideas?
Yes haha. I have a ridiculous gdoc of random one line plot summaries that might one day turn into bestsellers (a guy can dream, right?). Some of them might even be paragraph summaries. I read through them periodically and chuckle. How many of them will ever see the light of day, I don’t know. But at least I know I will never be short of a story idea.
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Rowan is stuck at a folk festival helping out a mate, and it really isn’t his scene. The yoga and singing workshops are bad enough, but morris dancing is the final straw. Bearded men with beer guts prancing around wearing bells—who wants to watch that?
All Rowan’s preconceptions are shattered when he meets Seth—a morris dancer, and the stuff Rowan’s fantasies are made of. Seth persuades Rowan to come to a dancing workshop, and Rowan’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to know Seth better. The attraction is mutual, and a lesson filled with innuendo and flirting leads to an incredible night together.
When Rowan arrives home, he’s gutted to find that Seth has given him the wrong phone number. Assuming Seth did it on purpose, Rowan resolves to forget about him. But fate—and friends—conspire to get them back together. Will they manage to stay in step this time around?
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.
One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.
Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.
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