Blog Tour Interview: Pieces of Us by Jayson James


“Into the lake?”

“Into the lake.”

For Jesse Stetson, a boy who knows he is different and Dylan Sterling, Jesse’s best friend, Sander’s Lake has served as a sort of scrapbook for them with sentimental items being dropped into the lake from their dock after significant events in their lives.

Life in 1988 was different from today.  A boy and a girl being best friends were uncommon.  Not that Jesse or Dylan cared, they had each other and that’s all that mattered.  Or so Jesse wished.  While Dylan has been meeting and dating guys, Jesse has yet to find the same connection with a girl.  The closest he’s come is Dylan, but she’s a girl and a friend not a girlfriend.   Jesse is struggling with his feelings and trying his hardest to be normal.

Dylan and Jesse are growing up and possibly growing apart.  Dylan has a new boyfriend and is now splitting her time between him and Jesse.  To further complicate things, Jesse meets Orion, a new boy in town.  Jesse knows that his feelings towards Orion must be wrong, yet it feels so right.   Even if Orion feels about Jesse the same way that Jesse feels about him, should they act on their attraction?

This story is a journey of friendship and discovery, finding out who you are as a person, and then being okay with who you are.


Over 100 drawings were created, modified, merged, cropped and manipulated to create the cover for Pieces of Us.  This by and far was the most labor-intensive cover on any of my books to date.  I feel with how it turned out, it made all the work worthwhile.

Artwork - Cover Attempts




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My name is Jayson James.  I am an Indy author of several novels and novellas.  I was born and  have lived most of my life in Washington State.  My interests beyond writing include drawing, reading a variety of books, watching movies and hanging out with his friends, family and dog.  Besides an author, I am an artist.  The cover art on every one of my published works are one of my own drawings.  I take the drawing I do for each cover and then design the rest of the cover around it.




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Interview with Jayson James

How did you get to become a writer? Did you start young, or was it something you discovered later on?

Growing up, I always had an active imagination. All the neighbor kids were always interested in hearing my idea for a new game and would jump on board to play whatever it was from being super heroes to something as simple as playing school. Then in my teens I started writing these stories out and sharing them with my friends, who looking back were very kind when telling me what they thought.

Do you have a preferred genre to write in?

I like to write a variety of genres, however so far I have only published books that focus on gay characters. These stories are the ones that are immediately in my head and I have been working to get them out.

Would you like to dabble with something else, something out of your writing comfort zone?

Yes, I would. A few authors requested I join this sci-fi authors group a few months back. This came about when one of them seen I had an interest in writing a sci-fi type of novel in the future. Although I have not done anything past joining the group a few months back, I plan on getting involved with the group to some degree.

You have another artistic passion which turned into beautiful covers for your books. Tell us more about it.

Drawing was always something I would do for a while and then go for a spurt (a few years) without doing. Only a few of my closest friends were aware of my talents. Even now I cringe at the use of the word “talent” being I have always been shy about my drawing. I have always used drawing when teaching students and this was the ploy a few of my friends used to get me to use a drawing for my books cover. Little did I know that my drawings would be a hit, nor did I have any idea that they would become sort of a trademark with my books.

Are you planning on designing covers for other writers as well?

In the past, I’ve had two authors ask me about doing cover art for them. Neither in the end decided to use the image, although one purchased the image I’d drawn for them while the other never went past the concept drawing. I’m always open to the idea. It still is amazing to me that people want to buy my artwork.

Why did you choose to self-publish?

When I was seeking publishers for my first book, I met a few authors who called themselves Indy authors. This intrigued me, yet seemed like such an overwhelming task. In mentioning it to a few of my friends, they liked the idea and felt it would be a great way to share what they thought was a wonderful book with the world. A few days into going this route, I’d heard back from a publisher we’d contacted interested in publishing the book. By this time, I’d decided that I wanted to give Indy publishing a try. I’m glad that I did and have been doing so ever sense. The idea of going through a publisher has come up now and then, but I feel I have done well on my own.

What was the best memory from writing Pieces of Us?

Even though the story was made up, it was still set back in the actual time when I was the same age as the main character Jessie, so at times I felt as if I was writing down things from memory. What was strange was for the most part, this book was simply all an idea from my head.

Is there a character in your books you love above all others?

Two of them actually. Derrick Wilson and Justin Parker from the Finding Our Way series. Initially, when I set out to write them they were the two different sides of me. As I have written them, they have truly grown into their own characters.

What’s next in your writing career?

I have a few different ideas I am dabbling with now. A few ideas that have been a work in progress for a while as well as a few that I am dabbling with in my head. Currently my friends are divided on what they would like to see me write and I have been reflecting on what they want with what I want. The most appealing of them and what the majority want are a book outside of my current genre. One would focus on more so the plot and be mainstream fiction there might be a gay character, however they would not be the focus. The other is a book with sex and lots of it. Both of these have their appeals as well as limitations. We’ll see where my mind takes me.



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Writer, traveler, coffee and book addict, and also founder of EyesOnBooks. I've loved books all my life and now they are a huge part of my work. I have been blogging for about twelve years and have worked as a PR and marketing consultant in the IT&C field before shifting all my focus to books and authors.

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