Jay Faulkner resides in Northern Ireland with his wife, Carole, and their boys, Mackenzie and Nathaniel. While he’s a writer, martial-artist, sketcher, and dreamer he says he’s mostly just a husband and father. His work’s been published widely and was short-listed in the 2010 Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition. www.jayfaulkner.com

Bleeding Ink Tale: Scratch

In the director’s chair…

Ink Babes: Hey Jay! Welcome to the Author Spotlight! Thrilled you’re joining us today. The Ink Babes had a  blast on your radio show yesterday – what a delicious pleasure to be turning the tables on such a cool guy!  

JF: It was great having on Following the Nerd. You know if your blog followers missed the live show, they can catch the podcast at our website. www.followingthenerd.com

Ink Babes: That’s great!  Thanks!  We’re going to check it out, too.  Say, why don’t we  begin the interview with  you telling  us a little bit about yourself? 

JF: Sure. I live in Northern Ireland with my wife, Carole, and our two boys, Mackenzie and Nathaniel. I.T. pays the bills but I’m also a writer, martial artist, and sketcher.
 I founded ‘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 a few years ago and have just launched Four Parts Press – www.fourpartspress.com – an independent publisher.

Ink Babes: That’s impressive! With all that creativity surrounding you, what was it that sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?

JF: A painting of an old man propped up against a bar.  In my head, it couldn’t simply be an old man having a drink, there HAD to be more to it.  The story kind wrote itself; first came the end – where the demon was revealed, then what he was doing, then, finally, who he was doing it to.  The title had a two-fold meaning – seven-year itch, and the Devil’s nickname.
 
Ink Babes: Haha! Love it!! Image prompts inspire some mighty  fine and frightful stories.  I hope you don’t mind, but we love to peek inside the heads of our authors by asking: Do you have a fear of anything…unusual?

JF: Completely, totally and utterly terrified of spiders.  That may not sound unusual, as arachnophobia is one of the most common ones around, so I’m told, but I’ve jumped out of a moving car because a spider was inside and just seeing one – even on TV – can lead to violent nightmares where I sleep walk and sleep fight.  It isn’t irrational, though – spiders ARE evil incarnate and trying to kill me!

 
Ink Babes: Wow! We’ve never heard of anyone going to that extreme to escape those eight-legged nasties! Unusual, indeed! As a martial-artist, you probably sprung right up and landed on your feet! 

So, what do you do when you’re not writing, hosting radio talk shows, and jumping out of moving cars?

JF: I’m an IT Services Manager with a specialism in information security.  I teach two classes of Kung-Fu a week.  I run two online magazines and I’ve just started a publishing company.  I work with the Northern Ireland Rare Disease Partnership, and run their social-media stuff, and involved with the Arts & Disability Forum Ireland, as I suffer from genetic mutations (without the superpowers).  I’m a school Governor.  I’m a full-time husband and father.  Occasionally I sleep.

Ink Babes: In our corner of the world, we call that SUPERDAD! What a role model for Mackenzie and Nathaniel. You’re wife must be proud.

What is your favourite theme/genre to write about?

JF: Anything non-mundane.  The broad genre is definitely speculative fiction and I do like to stay close to reality while taking a little detour in the fantastical.  I have a pure fantasy novella published, and some short stories that are sci-fi and horror, including a zombie romance.  The novel is supernatural/horror too. So, yeah, spec-fic. In terms of themes I tend to enjoy emotive, twisting, character-based stories but don’t restrict further than that.

Ink Babes: And what are you working on now?

JF: Four Parts Press with two collections at the formatting stage and about to do an open call for submissions for a charity anthology.  I’m also focusing on my first novel – which, in a nutshell, features an American Muslim tattoo artist fighting the cops, Iranian organised crime and a creature from her nightmares all because evil is sometimes only skin deep. Research with tattoo artist and a theologian ongoing, plus outlining.  Actual writing starts August.

Sounds like you’re going to have an action-packed summer, Jay!  Thanks for taking center stage today. The spotlight suits you!

And thank you, our loyal blog followers, for stopping by.  Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales.

Ever yours,

The Ink Babes

Originally published here:
https://bleedinginkanthology.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/bleeding-ink-author-spotlight-jay-faulkner/