Jay Royston


Canadian born and raised. Influenced by Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett. While I wouldn't label myself as a writer of humor fiction, I try to find humor more in situations as opposed to writing a series of jokes into a story. Themes in my works that tend to work well towards the definition of absurdist fiction; the study of human behavior under circumstances (whether realistic or fantastical) that appear to be purposeless and philosophically absurd.

Sort of like Canada currently.

Smashwords Interview

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Guilting my mom into buying her own copy.
Describe your books.
Enter A Fistful of Marijuana (EaFoM) is the story of paranoia, world domination, cross border diplomacy, Karma, human panda bears, more paranoia, pizza, loyalty, economics and friendship. And weed.

Stoner, Unincorporated is about a small little town in the Rockies which is the training ground for Canada's undercover Narc program. It's also the destination of three soul-searching men who have come to find meaning in their own lives. And Bigfoot.
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Tuesdays At Three
You set the price! Words: 7,470. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Every Tuesdays at three o'clock six writers meet in their local hip coffee shop to discuss plot structure, artistic angst and encouragement. Then one Tuesday only five show up. The next Tuesday only four. It's Ten Little Indians meet Neil Gaiman in this short story about inspiration, frustration and possibly murder.
The Midland Mutiny
You set the price! Words: 20,980. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
The Mayor, Chief of Police, Newspaper editor and Radio Station Director are fired from their roles as a simple typo in Midland's Community Leader for a Day contest proves disastrous to their egos.
Stoner, Unincorporated
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,140. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Stoner, Unincorporated is about the shooting of Kevin Carter, Bylaws Officer of the Township of Stoner. It is also the story of three men, lost in existential crisis of their own making. It is a story of a town where the undercover narcotics officers outnumber the drug users by two to one. It is a story of love, of faith, of economics and of Bigfoot.
Enter A Fistful Of Marijuana
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,930. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
It's Enter the Dragon meets Pineapple Express as retired secret agent Jack Steele is called out of retirement to bring the nefarious tax evader Jacques LaPlante to American justice. If only he can get past the marijuana.

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Smashwords book reviews by Jay Royston

  • The Great Writers Strike Of '14 on March 24, 2015

    Short and sweet but lacking in some needed details - ie; who actually is on strike? What are they on strike about? Who doesn't know who Cher is? The title suggests it is other writers but it isn't clear in the text. The idea has lots more potential.
  • The Ritual on Oct. 11, 2015

    Hey Thad; First, thanks for reading/reviewing Stoner - I had no way to get in touch with you but through reviewing your work. But first - after reading your review i downloaded Stoner and did a spellcheck on it - there were no spelling errors so I think because I'm Canadian and we spell a few things differently (colour, humour, etc) that may have been what you were noticing. I have no doubt there are grammatical errors but I hope most of them are in the dialogue bits, as it was meant to be an extension of the characters' education/upbringing. But on to the Ritual - Honestly, the formatting was all over the place (i read the pdf). Lots of paragraph breaks in the middle of sentences and it should have an extra space between paragraphs for easier reading. Basically, it needs another proof read and trim. One line in Part 1 ends with '...had vanished behind the us.' Personally, you have a lot of extra adjectives, scenes (the elevator) and descriptions that I don't think lend anything to the main story of this guy going to Sedalia for his grad reunion which I take it to be your A story. Being Canadian, I have to say sorry that it is not more positive. Anyways, thanks for the review.