Jay Barry


Jay Barry took to the creative writing urge as a child when he went door to door, selling comic books he wrote and illustrated. After a brief hiatus, he picked up writing in high school, completing many children's stories. One of these actually got an honorable mention in a contest. Then they spelled "Jay" wrong on the award. Sheesh. English majors can be jerks. During college, he took advantage of student loans, trekking through the Old World and writing travelogues and is still paying off those student loans.

He got the idea for Throttling the Bard at an Andrew Bird concert when he sung "Case in Point." Since then the idea grew and here is the finished product. If you have any idea of how to get a copy to Mr. Bird, please let me know.

"Why comedy?" Jay asked himself for no particular reason other than to enlighten his curious fans who just might still be reading this inane blurb. "Because I like it when people laugh at something I've said. It puts me at ease."

When he isn't referring to himself in the third person, he writes in the third person on his latest novel, a murder/mystery between the Olympians and Titans set in modern day Philadelphia.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Wait, What? You didn't read the book blurb? What kind of interviewer are you? Deep sigh. All right, Throttling the Bard is about an English professor and his graduate student taking a motorcycle road trip across the state of Nevada-much akin to the knight errantry of Don Quixote.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making shit up. I do it everyday, and fortunately most of my friends play along. I'll make stuff up just to see that they'll say. I'll make things up if I'm bored and need to alter reality for a bit. So writing all this made up stuff just came naturally.
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Where to buy in print


Throttling the Bard
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,100. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
Throttling the Bard, a modern tale of motorcycle road trip mayhem, has been described as Don Quixote meets Easy Rider. Hilarity ensues when an antiquated English professor and his grad student travel the state of Nevada encountering cults, drugs, and the Burning Man Arts Festival.

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