Jay Reed was born Jeffrey Curtis Reed in Pontiac Michigan on the 15th of October 1966. The second child of Wayne and Barbara Reed. The family moved to Linton Indiana In 1967 to be closer to family and get back to the rural setting they had grown to love. Growing up Jeffrey was the small quiet boy that struggled in school. Nicknamed Jay at a very young age the name stuck to the point his friends and most of his extended family have never known him by another name. Jeffrey was a struggling student with a learning disability that made school a toilsome burden. Growing up he was and remains an incurable dreamer often using his imagination to transport himself to the places he is unable to travel to or experience. He married while in high school with child on the way, graduated on time and worked in construction before joining the service. He served on active duty and later as a full time reservist before hanging up his uniform. Late in life he received a degree from Northwest Florida State College. After his marriage fell apart he raised his two sons alone for many years. His sons now career soldiers stay scattered across the globe from one assignment to another. Those miles have produce little in the way of barriers between him and his sons as they remain exceptionally close. While Jeffrey grew up in rural Indiana he now lives in Santa Rosa Beach Florida along a stretch of beach that holds claim as the world’s whitest. Jeffrey loves to wander and photograph the great outdoors and takes every opportunity to travel. He draws on those majestic landscapes for solitude and inspiration. His photographs can be viewed and purchased at www.Reframingamerica.com. When he is not writing, traveling, or taking photographs he is engaged in one of his dozens of hobbies or spending time with family and friends.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small community in southern Indiana. Growing up I had no idea just how fortunate I was. That upbringing gave me a prospective on life and hope that I have been inspired to share with the world through my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I had a learning disability that made school a toilsome burden. I doodled with lots of thoughts and ideas as a teen and young adult but really didn't start writing short stories until I was around thirty. My difficulty was with reading and grammar and spelling so as an adult I had to teach myself in order to become proficient enough to write something presentable. I always had a terrific grasp of the language and vocabulary and I had all these great ideas and thoughts, it just took me a long time to learn the skills to write them down.
Short stories that encapsulate a lifetime of hope and allow us to frolic in the warm pool of memories that are simpler times. Become immerse in a simpler state of mind, one that allows us to cry without regret, smile without guilt, and hope with complete abandon.