Jay Mountney


Jay is a writer who enjoys exploring themes including m/m romance, culture clash and coming of age, often through fantasy. She reads voraciously and her website/blog contains regular reviews. She lives in the north west of England in a seventeenth century cottage with erratic access to phone signals and internet.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have always loved writing. I have stories whirling around my brain, and enjoy sharing them with other people. I know from social media that my friends, at least, like my stories, so it seems worthwhile to share them more widely. That feeling of connection, when the story from my mind resonates with a reader, is the greatest joy.
What is your writing process?
The outline or basic plot arc rolls through my mind like a film. I interview the main members of the 'cast' to find out more about them. I research things like names and locations. Then I plunge into the story, retelling the 'film' and dealing with details as they arise. I usually have more than one book in progress at a time, so if I can't get the next section of a story straight in my head I just turn to another work. My brain normally organises everything so that when I return, I can forge ahead. I always re-read the last chapter I wrote before starting a new one. I use grammar and spell check features before I close my work so that proof reading in the end won't be quite as onerous. I work from A to Z; I can't write sections that are not in sequence because that would interfere with the 'film' quality of the experience.
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Where to find Jay Mountney online


Living Fae
A story of modern fae living in the Cheshire countryside. The narrator, Harlequin, is a bisexual male fairy in his twenties. He presents a journal about himself and his extended family.
Growing Up Fae
Price: $2.99 USD.
Flying Free
Price: $2.99 USD.
On The Edge
Price: $2.99 USD.


The Seekers
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,410. Language: British English. Published: March 21, 2023. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Twin fairy princes and their sister cross the ocean in search of a better life and collect a motley crew of companions. A story of jewels, mined and sold, unfolds. Experience the slow burn same sex romance, and an mf romance that strikes like lightning but is destined to last, plus added layers from choice for an ace character.
The Virgin and the Unicorn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,590. Language: British English. Published: August 28, 2021. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » General
After an arranged marriage in a Regency-style universe, can the hard-working prince and his foreign husband find wedded bliss? Does the princess really need a unicorn horn? There's only one explicit sex scene but discussions of sex and emotion are only suitable for adult readers. A full novel explorimg culture clash, social expectations, and mythical creatures that are all too real.
On The Edge
Series: Living Fae. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,340. Language: British English. Published: January 7, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
The final volume in the fantasy romance series Living Fae. We get updates on all the main characters, people leave the Edge but others arrive and meanwhile the love between Harlequin and Yarrow is stronger than ever.
Beating Hearts
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,190. Language: British English. Published: October 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Three short stories and two flashfics, all with magical or supernatural elements and all with a focus on mm romance.
Flying Free
Series: Living Fae. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,610. Language: British English. Published: June 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
This volume, narrated by Harlequin who remains mostly in the background with Yarrow, tells the stories of Harlequin’s siblings. There’s romance for Cobweb, Columbine and Peasblossom, a holiday for Moth, and improvement for Willow after his father’s curse. There are cats, kittens, unicorns, and foreign travel. Wherever the fae go, you can join them, flying free.
Silver Chains
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,480. Language: British English. Published: February 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
A middle-aged country lawyer seeks a partner via online chatrooms. He finds the man of his dreams but the course of romance is not smooth because of family problems.
Tales from Tara - volume 2 in the series Living Fae
Series: Living Fae. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,890. Language: British English. Published: December 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Tales from Tara concerns the periods Harlequin and Yarrow each spend on guard duty at the royal palace in Eire, with further chapters about the lives and loves of some of the fae they meet there. Life in underground Tara is quite unlike life on Alderley Edge, but is equally filled with magic, romance and unicorns.
Growing Up Fae
Series: Living Fae. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,880. Language: British English. Published: April 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
A fairy journal narrating the saga of a fae group in Cheshire, UK. The diarist, Harlequin, shares his experiences, love affairs and family crises.
Three Legends
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,970. Language: British English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A retelling of a Northumbrian legend, a look at how legends are born, and a modern legend based around a popular saying. Three very short stories that explore legends with a focus on m/m romance.
Lord of Shalott
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,600. Language: British English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
What if Tennyson's Lady of Shalott was in fact a lord? An m/m retelling of the legend with a very different outcome.
Silkskin and the Forest Dwellers
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,080. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
An m/m retelling of a fairy tale in which the princess is a prince and the setting is a fantasy version of mediaeval Africa.

Smashwords book reviews by Jay Mountney

  • In Search of Saints on Aug. 30, 2012

    This is a lovely story, with well-researched location details and just enough mystery and myth to add to the suspense without detracting from or overwhelming the romance theme. The characters are totally believable, and the romance is satisfying. I have only one complaint - the book isn't long enough!
  • Half Moon Chambers on Dec. 05, 2012

    This is a lovely story. The location - Tyneside, in north east England - is one I know well and the author brings it vividly to life. The descriptions of the paintings done by one of the characters are also detailed and enchanting. The psychology of the 'heroes' and of addiction is deftly explored and the plot is gripping. This is an m/m romance but it is so much more. The characters really live, and engage our sympathy, and there is so much of interest surrounding the events that the reader feels part of the scene, and the sex, whilst erotic, never overshadows the story. Recommended.