Interview with Jay Sims

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is being able to evoke imagination in everyone willing to read my works. Whether I'm writing fiction, or non-fiction, I want people to see my writing as an escape to another world. In that world, I want them to be able to smile, laugh, and be at peace with themselves. I also enjoy inspiring future writers, like I was inspired by my favorite author, Mark A. Roeder. And most of all, my greatest joy of writing is being able to say and do whatever I want on paper, with no rules, no censors, and no judgement.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've lived in Dallas, Texas my entire life. This is all I know. I've been reading books since I was in elementary school, and I have never read one where the setting was in Dallas, or even Texas! So of course, in most of my novels, Dallas is the main setting, or a city in Texas. Mostly because it's all I know, but also because I want people to see that Texans are more than just country cowboys who ride horses everywhere. I want them to see that Dallas is a pretty decent city and that Texas has a lot to offer.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in high school. I remember the first draft of my newly published novel, Supernaturally Destined, was written as a Short Story Project for my AP English IV class. I received an A and was encouraged by my teacher to turn it into a book, especially because it was super long and more than a short story! After numerous edits, drafts, a play version, and more drafts, my novel was born. I had the luxury of publishing that novel this year. And there will be many more to come.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first published novel is titled, Supernaturally Destined. This is the story of seventeen-year-old Meikah Rhinehardt and his life as being part of a supernatural family. He struggles to realize what his destiny is, but perseveres and discovers a lot of things about himself, his family, and his friends along the way. The idea for this fantasy novel came to me in high school. I've always been captivated by witches, wizards, demons, and any kind of magic. I used to fantasize about having powers of my own and doing extraordinary things with them. It got to the point where I could no longer contain my wild imagination, so it had to be written down. The main character, Meikah, is modeled after me. He is what I want to be, what I dream of becoming in my afterlife. Magical and Supernaturally Destined.
What are you working on next?
I am always working on something new and interesting, but I'm trying to keep all of my book interconnected. It's just something I see in my mind. A supernatural universe almost similar to the Marvel and DC universes. But for the moment, I am working on my first Middle-grade novel entitled, Farley Knows Everything. This will be a series of books based on the main character, Farley Jameson. A thirteen-year-old who is small, hyper, talkative, and also a soothsayer (psychic). Just like the title suggests, he knows everything!
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Mark A. Roeder (A Better Place), Stephanie Meyer (Twilight Saga), J K Rowling (Harry Potter Series), Alex Sanchez (Rainbow Boys), Brent Hartinger (Geography Club), and many more that I can't remember!
What is your writing process?
My writing process starts with any random weird idea I have in my mind while doing virtually anything. The idea for Farley Knows Everything (Future novel) came from a dream, and others come from brain blasts I have throughout the day. I probably spend a couple of days mentally visualizing the story I want to tell, the main character, interesting plot twists, and more. However, if I can't get passed visualizing the main characters, it's a dud, and I may recycle the idea of the character to be featured in a novel that is already in the works, or in my novel idea pool (yes, I have one of those). My novel idea pool is in my head, by the way. I have no idea how, but I remember EVERYTHING I think of, even the smallest of characters or ideas. It's my magical power.
Published 2016-09-14.
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