site_bio_greyJay Faulkner resides in Northern Ireland with his wife, Carole, and their two boys, Mackenzie and Nathaniel. He says that while he is a writer, martial artist, sketcher, and dreamer he’s mostly just a husband and father.

His work has been published widely, both online and in print anthologies, and was short-listed in the 2010 Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition. He is currently working on his first novel.

Jay founded, and edits, ‘With Painted Words’ – www.withpaintedwords.com – a creative writing site with inspiration from monthly image prompts, and ‘The WiFiles’ – www.thewifiles.com – an online speculative fiction magazine, published weekly.

He founded and runs Four Parts Press – www.fourpartspress.com – an independent small press which publishes print and e-book charity books and anthologies, single author collections, multi-author collections, online magazines and much more.

He can also be found as a regular co-host and contributor on the Following The Nerd radio show – www.followingthenerd.com.

When not writing Jay is an IT Manager for a Criminal Justice Sector organisation, specialising in Information Assurance.

Jay is a 5th Degree Black Sash Instructor with Imperial Dragon Kung Fu and while he has dabbled in a few other styles, including judo, shotokan karate, tai jitsu and tae kwon do and enjoyed some aspects of each one, he always returned to kung fu, which is where his spiritual home and way of life is.

He is a school governor for a local integrated school, integrated education being something he feels strongly about, and is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Arts and Disability Forum of Ireland.

Jay lives with – but refuses to suffer from – a rare genetic neuromuscular disability called congenital myasthenia which causes muscle weakness and restricted lung function, as well as diastematomyelia (split spinal cord) of the L2/ L3 vertebra with spina bifida occulta; he was hoping for some better mutations, maybe something that would allow him to join the X-Men but who knows, there’s still time …

He sometimes even finds time to sleep.

Jay is extremely pleased to be supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Support for the Individual Artist Programme.

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