Jay Lemming


Jay Lemming is the author of the Maddox Men series of contemporary novels, novellas and short stories, including Billy Maddox Takes His Shot, Billy and Darla and the forthcoming novel, Green Bay Outsiders. The series follows five generations of men and their families in the Maddox family. Forthcoming novels in the series (following publication of Green Bay Outsiders) include Wichita Snake and Rynning.

Read more about the Maddox Men series on Jay’s website.

He is also the author of The Curse of Jaxx, a novella in the forthcoming Thin Mistress series. Another novella in the series, Under the Sea, is under development. Finally, Jay has also published five early short stories including The Colors of Autumn, Sandanam, My Scholarship, Playing Flashlight Tag and A New York City Vignette.

He is the recipient of a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and holds an MA English from Fordham University.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote, and the impact it had on you?
When I was in third grade, the teacher gave all the students a card with an unusual image on it. Nothing psychedelic like M.C. Escher--it was more mysterious, sort of like a Harris Burdick print. This was a writing lesson and each student was supposed to write a story about the image on the card.

My card showed a kid stuck to the ceiling of his bedroom. And he had this unhappy expression on his face. On his desk was an open vial of some liquid, the implication being that he drank something he shouldn't have and he floated up to the top of the room. Well, I didn’t have time to think through what I wanted to write about so I stole the card and took it home where I could write about it without any time constraints. Mind you, I was probably nine years old at the time. I still remember the sense of satisfaction I got from using my imagination to write a story. It probably wasn't more than three or four pages and I don’t think I actually finished it, but when you think about the lack of focus that a boy that old typically has, it was pretty incredible that I stuck to it.

I don't think I ever returned the card to the classroom either. Thank God my parents never found out I stole it. That would have been the end for me!
When did you first start writing?
I have always had an active inner world. That was compounded when I was 15 years old and saw someone fall off a cliff and die in upstate New York. I write about this in my blog post, Three Ways that Horrific Event Drive Great Literary Writing. Suddenly, having had this terrible experience, I basically began to examine two worlds--the external world, which can hold a lot of pain and disappointment, and the internal world where your imagination can help you envision the world as it’s supposed to be according to the human perspective.

Less than two years after the cliff episode, I took a creative writing class. This was during my senior year of high school. I had the most amazing teacher. I dedicate my first novel, Billy Maddox Takes His Shot, to him. He helped me fall in love with writing. He was a tough teacher and a tough coach but possessed a certain kind of genius. I’m not the only one who feels this way--I’m still in touch with several friends from high school and many of them, who also took his class, also have a deep reverence for him. I loved the creative writing class; it offered a safe place for my imagination and to begin thinking of myself as a writer.
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Where to find Jay Lemming online


Billy and Darla (A Maddox Men Story)
Price: Free! Words: 14,890. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
18-year-old Billy Maddox is heading to Tucson’s Motel 6 for a night of mindless fun with his ex-girlfriend. He quickly finds, though, that Darla Littlefield's penchant for trouble-making has steered him on a collision course with local law enforcement. Billy and Darla, a short story from Jay Lemming's Maddox Men series, shows one young man's journey to maturity over the course of a single night.
Billy Maddox Takes His Shot - A Border Patrol Novel (The Maddox Men Series)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,400. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Billy Maddox Takes His Shot is a Border Patrol novel from the upcoming Maddox Men series. The story follows Billy Maddox, an angry and scarred 23-year-old man, whose first days on line watch haunt him with memories of his brother's death on the Southwest border. Billy's marriage is also failing. Can Billy turn his life around in the same border environment where it all started to go wrong?

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