Author, freelance writer, freelance editor, corporate communications specialist
Hello. I’m Jay.
My passion is writing, and I spend as much time as possible directing that passion toward fiction. I’ve written five novel-length manuscripts, a feature-length film screenplay and a one-hour TV pilot screenplay (not to mention countless short stories). I search for the best story, regardless of genre, but often lean toward fantasy or speculative fiction spotlighting the cause-effect of history with current and emerging societal challenges. I can’t seem to resist themes that explore cynicism toward power and norms, skepticism of institutions, yet express faith in humanity and optimism for the future.
My short fiction has appeared in Elevator Stories, The Legendary, Pythia Journal, Oblong Magazine and the Eunoia Review.
Professionally, I am a freelance content marketing specialists for a number of large corporations, nonprofits and startups. Previously, I served as editorial director at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where I oversaw the School’s online news content and strategy, managed the School’s alumni magazine and other print publications, and ensured quality control for external-facing communications. I have served as lead speechwriter for a Fortune 500 company and worked seven years as a journalist reporting and editing for Gannett newspapers and S&P Global (formerly SNL Financial). As a journalist, I won seven awards for reporting from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association.
I earned an M.Sc. in creative writing with distinction from the University of Edinburgh and a B.Sc. in commerce from the University of Virginia.