Interview with Jay W. MacIntosh

What are you working on next?
I have started working on a Journal-3 approach to my next book, working title "My Best Friend". I have 13 Journals that I have written during the course of my life. "Janet Tallulah" is a combination of Journals 1 and Journal 2. It is detailed and personal. Journal 3 is a new approach that I am finding more interesting as a writer. I am editing my long-hand writings, adding memories from today while fleshing out characters and moments in times past. It will be a combination of past and present - who I was then with who I am now. All of that is currently evolving. I LOVE the process. It is exciting.
Who are your favorite authors?
Nelson DeMille, John Grisham, Michael Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman, John Lescourt, Elizabeth George, Donna Leon, P.D James, Martha Grimes - Good Mystery Writers, especially Legal Mysteries. I love to solve puzzles, so the British writers appeal to me rather than brutal violent stories. I really don't like horror stories or love stories. I used to, but not any more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I started writing while I was practicing law and living in Los Angeles, California. It was there that I published several books. In 2015, I semi-retired and moved to Nice, France. Since then, I have been writing most days. When I am not writing, I walk. In the mornings, I am up early, walking up and down hills, working on building my "French legs". The French women - old and young - are slender and strong. I think it is because they walk everywhere - there are few places to park in this town. So, I, too, am walking - working on getting slender and strong. I read (mysteries and legal thrillers), travel (Paris, San Remo, Italy, Sardinia, St. Tropez, Provence, Marseilles, Monaco, Cannes, ....), dine (fabulous food), drink Côtes de Provence Vin Rose (or blanc or rouge), go to the beach, learn French, and .... It's great! Life begins at 70!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like legal mysteries as well as mysteries, in general. And, I have favorite writers. So, I look for new publications by my favorite writers while trying to branch out - a little. I don't like reading just for the sake of reading - I need to like the writer.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read - probably a fairy tale. Mother would ready fairy tales to me. My favorite fairy tale was and still is "Cinderella". I also remember reading "The Little Engine that Could". "Heidi". "Honey Bunch" series. "Sue Barton" series. I have always loved to read and study and write.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. I wrote a story about something that happened to my father. I watched it happen and felt helpless to do anything about it. So, I wrote the story. It concerned a Company that was doing very well. The stock was going over the counter. So, the President/CEO of the Company formed a Board of Directors and hired a "wunderkind" from NYC to take over the day-to-day management. Offers to purchase were coming in from huge corporations. Suddenly, the President/CEO had an unexpected stroke and was unable to help the "wunderkind" learn the Company's method of operation. The "wunderkind" began firing long-time employees and bringing in the new. It did not take long before the Company was filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. All the while, the President/CEO, paralyzed from the stroke, watched without being able to speak, while the "wunderkind" destroyed the Company. It still breaks my heart when I think about it.
What is your writing process?
I write a little every day - some days more that others. I have notes that I have taken over the years and work from those. There is so much that I want to say. The hard part is trying to decide what to use. At first, I used everything, but that didn't work so well. Now, I try to select. I think it is better. And, I now have the time to ponder everything. I have not tried to do a novel yet. I am more interested in writing about the process of living and its challenges.
How do you approach cover design?
My first cover "The Origins of George Bernard Shaw's Life Force Philosophy" was done by professionals at The next several covers were done by my husband, Steve Orlandella, before he died. Now, I pay professionals to design my covers. My latest book, "JAYSPEAK on the Cote d'Azur", has a cover designed by a professional. I think it is quite good.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't know. These days, I am into legal mysteries. Plus, I love books by Scott Turow, Elizabeth George, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, David Baldacci, John Sanford, Donna Leon, John Lescroart, and Nelson DeMille.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries - legal and otherwise. Plus, I like political intrigue. The books I read need to solve a problem. I don't like books that have serial killers that never get caught. I need for the plot to resolve somehow. It doesn't have to be a happy ending, just a resolution of some sort.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like reading on the Kindle app on my IPad. I download books onto Kindle. Or, iBooks.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, I have created Pages on Facebook, and I get a lot of "likes". But, that doesn't translate into sales. I am open to suggestions because I need to develop some marketing techniques that work for my Journal writings.
Describe your desk
My desk has a lot of things on it - computer, printer, containers, stapler, clock, paper weights, Kleenex, coasters, address book, notepads. Yet, everything is organized. I like it this way.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Gainesville, Georgia. I moved to Los Angeles when I was in my late-20's. And, I now live in France. The South - Georgia - has always been important to me. Everything I write, and everything I do has a Southern foundation. That is who I am. That is who I was. That is who I will be. That said, the South is different things to different people. I embrace some things and reject others. I cherish my Southern upbringing. It was special in ways that are difficult to describe. And, that will always be who I am - no matter where I live and what I say. That just IS.
When did you first start writing?
In Kindergarten.
Published 2017-10-23.
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Books by This Author

Capturing Beauty
Price: $5.19 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
For most of her life, Jay W. MacIntosh (born Janet Tallulah Jewell) has loved flowers. In later life, she began taking pictures of roses. This book is a collection of favorites with selected quotations.
Moments In Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Furniture
For most of her life, Jay W. MacIntosh (born Janet Tallulah Jewell) has loved flowers. In later life, she became interested in photography and began taking pictures of roses. This book is a collection of her favorites with selected quotations.
Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 2
Price: $4.98 USD. Words: 160,440. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Artists, architects, & photographers
"Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 2", records a young woman's struggle for meaning and direction in life. Obsessed with making it in the film industry, Janet Tallulah remarries and begins to work professionally as an actress, juggling family and career.
Jayspeak On The Cote D'Azur
Price: $4.98 USD. Words: 43,710. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Artists, architects, & photographers
American Actress and Attorney JAY W. MACINTOSH moved to Nice, France from Los Angeles in 2015. In this book, she creates and writes about her new life in France in a way that captures and keeps your attention throughout. Her style is casual and comfortable​. ​A delightful read for those who love to live life in new ways, vicariously or otherwise. She takes you along for the ride.
Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 1
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,360. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume I, is a courageous and intimate inner record of a young woman's struggle for meaning and direction in life. It is honest and open in its internal conversation.
Janet Tallulah
Series: Macintosh series, Book 2. Price: $5.19 USD. Words: 282,010. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Antiques & Collectibles » Americana
Janet Tallulah Jewell was born in a small town in Georgia in the 1930’s. She was the third daughter of young man who owned a chicken hatchery with his mother. Janet’s mother was a housewife. She raised Janet to be a housewife. By the time Janet was 31, she left Georgia and moved to Los Angeles, California. This Journal begins after Janet had been in LA for a year
The Origins of George Bernard Shaw's Life Force Philosophy
Series: Macintosh series, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,310. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy
George Bernard Shaw was essentially an independent thinker, yet, he consistently used the ideas of others. His Life Force philosophy was sufficiently thorough for Shaw. He took ideas and concepts, many that were generally accepted in the nineteenth century, and formulated a philosophy in which he could believe and put his faith and use as the main theme for important plays.