FC Spotlight : Author Jay Fingers

I've never actually met Jay Fingers but I feel like he's an old friend. I met him via Twitter some years back and once I knew he was an author, I knew I had to read his work. I own two of his books and to just say they're good reads, is an understatement. I'm actually in his last book and if that's not the coolest thing ever I don't know what is. Jay can not be classified as an urban author or even just an author of our times, he is a story teller. Jay weaves delicate stories together to form such a strong life that you tend to feel like the characters are real people. I got a chance to talk with Jay about his work, writing in general and what we can expect from his newest novel, still in progress.


Fashion Citizen : When did you discover writing was your outlet of choice?

Jay Fingers : I’ve always known that writing was the way for me to express myself. As far back as I can remember I always knew I wanted to write. In fact, when I was in elementary school, I had to do a project on how I saw myself in the future, and I included a photograph of me sitting a desk, pen in hand, balled up scraps of paper on the desk, and a copy of a “novel” I’d written. So it’s safe to say it’s a goal I’ve been focused on nearly all my life.

FC : Your social media would lead one to believe you enjoy good eats, strong drink and pretty ladies. How does social media help or hinder you when you're in the midst of writing a book?

JF : I’ll be very honest — social media is one of the biggest distractions out there. I find myself checking Twitter, Facebook and Instagram constantly while writing. But I will also say this: I find a great deal of material while exploring social media, and much of it finds its way into my work. Everything from funny phrases to the day’s topical subjects could end up in a story.






FC : Being a writer myself, I understand how freeing putting words down can be. What are some things that you find difficult to put into words?

JF : Interestingly enough, I usually only find myself at a loss for words when speaking {laughs} ! Expressing myself through writing is just so natural to me, and I am very transparent in my writing. I don’t hide anything or hold anything back — if you really want to know who I am and what makes me tick, read my books.

FC : Your characters are very realistic and often echo the times that we live in. Have you ever used a book to resolve a situation or get back at someone?

JF : All the time. Writing is a form of wish fulfillment, I think — and as long as the author doesn’t venture into Mary Sue territory, that’s not a bad thing. I’ve definitely rewritten history, in a sense, by taking situations I’ve experienced and writing them so that there’s a more favorable outcome or certain individuals get the reward or comeuppance they deserve.






FC : Currently you're writing a new book, can we get a little inside scoop on what it's about and when it may be available?

JF : My current work-in-progress is titled Truffle Butter. Yes, I chose the title because it’s provocative, but it will make sense within the context of the story. Truffle Butter is about a young Hollywood actress who finds herself in a minor controversy and how it affects her standing in the entertainment industry. Structurally, it’s heavily inspired by Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad, and I’m sure people will spot a lot of the pop-culture references and sneak disses right away.

FC : What can you offer to other writers out there in the way of a few words of parting advice?

JF : What I’m about to say is cliché, but it’s true: If you want to be a writer, you must write a lot and you must read a lot. Every professional writer will tell you this, and you cannot expect to have any sort of success or see any sort of growth as a writer if you do not follow this advice. Write EVERY DAY. And read as much as you can.


You can find Jay's work on Amazon, Kindle and iBooks.

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