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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Interview with the Edumacation of Jay Baker author, Jay Clark

Today I'm thrilled to introduce you guys to debut author, Jay Clark, who's debut the Edumacation of Jay Baker will be released on the 31st of this month.

How would you describe The Edumacation of Jay Baker in three words or less?

Juno for dudes.

What inspired you to write Jay's story?

Well, I took a long, hard look into my iPhone camera and said, "Dang, son, instead of having a quarter-life crisis, you should go back in time and write a book about yourself as an awkward teenager." Then I went back to my cubicle and proceeded to crank that baby out on my then-employer's dime, becoming best friends with the minimize button in the process. For real, though? I wanted to write a book that actually reeked of high school (in a good way). In my opinion, it’s hard to dredge up that kind of nostalgia when one’s characters are dealing with the END OF THE WORLD as they know it, which seems to be the case in a lot of YA books lately (no offense, though, because I’ve taken many of these page-turners to the face).

What's one thing you have in common with your character, Jay Baker?

Jay Clark and Jay Baker are both persistent little buggers. Jay Clark is particularly annoying. He keeps telling me that I need more Twitter followers and Facebook fans and better reviews, and I’m like, “Can’t you see I’m trying to space out in front of the TV, b-hole?” It’s never enough with him. I attempted to smooth out this characteristic for Jay Baker just a smidge—make sure his ambition to get things right wouldn’t rub people the wrong way. But I’m not a genie in a bottle, baby, so who knows if I polished enough.

What was one "must have" thing you needed while writing your book?

My fiancé, Caroline. A.k.a. the keeper of my sanity, my go-to, my babychowpow-mookatow. I think every writer needs that one special victim to bounce his/her worst ideas off of, and C-line plays the role beautifully. It doesn’t hurt that she’s the most beautiful being on the planet, either. She’s too nice to tell me when I’m missing the mark by a mile, but I’m familiar enough with her facial expressions to know when it’s revision time.

What's one piece of advice you'd give to aspiring authors?

Write. Every day. Even if it's crap incarnate. Even if you must resort to typing into your Evernote app at a boring office meeting (not that I've ever done such a thing). Even if you’d rather have a colonoscopy. Writing is fun about three percent of the time; the other ninety-seven percent you’ll want to stab yourself. Oh, and don’t stab yourself. Almost forgot that part.


Thank you for stopping by today Jay and thank you to MacMillan for making this interview possible.

Be sure to follow Jay on his facebook page

Pre-Order The Edumacation of Jay Baker via MacMillan | Amazon

A few “sexy” bullet points about Jay: • He is in love with a cheerleader named Cameo “Appearance” Parnell • He is forever losing “Love-15” to tennis-playing goddess Caroline Richardson • He rocks a touché array of pop-culture references, jokes, and puns • His family-life cookie is about to crumble. Live vicariously through Jay as he faces off against his mortal enemy, gets awkward around his dream girl(s), loses his marbles in a Bermudian love triangle, watches his parents’ relationship implode, and, finally, learns to get real and be himself(ish) -quoted from Goodreads

Thank you to MacMillan, I have one copy of Jay's upcoming release to GIVEAWAY!

To enter, please fill out the form below:
-this is open to US residents only
- you must be 13 yrs & older (if under a parent/guardian's permission to enter is required)
- this giveaway will end on 2/10/12

Stop back by later today to read my review!


  1. LOL, thanks for the hilarious interview, Jay!

  2. What a great and entertaining interview. Thanks so much for the fantastic post and giveaway.

  3. Thanks, Tere and Amy! Makes all this internet crapola worth doing when I find people like you who "get it." There aren't many of us out there, so we have to stick together. :)

  4. what a fun interview, this book looks really cute.

  5. Great interview! Looking forward to reading the book. :)

  6. Thank you for all your comments. I hope you guys enjoy reading Jay's story! It's definitely one I'd recommend picking up

  7. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!