Jay has a BS in Music business with emphasis in publishing and copyright law, an English degree that he never intended getting, and a music education degree to which he will forever embrace.
Jay spent a year studying for the LSAT, then decided to attend culinary school, hoping to become an aspiring chef in a five star restaurant, but didn't care for the fourteen hour days in a kitchen. So what did he do? Met his wife in college, got married, and after hearing the news of their first child, decided to skip the idea of attending law school. It was the best choice he ever made.
He spent eight years in Nashville working in the music industry for companies like RCA, Sony, Zomba, and DreamWorks, all of which gave him a bitter taste in his mouth. Aside from working directly with many famous artists, the industry was a tainted cesspool of filth. From Austin, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee, Jay worked a small time in the film industry, as a PA, extra in a few films, and a various of other uninspiring, uneventful jobs. He dedicated his carpentry skills for a while creating custom fine furniture, manned a press for a print shop, was a studio musician, played drums for a few famous artists, taught high school band for a year, giving IT support for the Texas Legislature, and now an award winning author. He has no claim to fame, nor does he want any.
Jay has been fortunate enough to experience many
things in his life, some of which were humbling, others fulfilling, and because
of that, he's grown to be patient and content. He's willing to struggle, fail,
sacrifice, and fall before he learns to move on from those experiences. He's not
afraid to die, but willing to live as long as he's able. Even though he would like to
see his kids grow old, Jay understands that every day is precious, yet uncertain. He lives with the
best intentions that everything is going to be okay until it isn't, and when
that happens, he's free to just let go.
Jay's simple philosophy is to enjoy and embrace whatever time you can whenever you can, with the ones you love, and those who need it the most, because the uncertainties that tomorrow may bring will have a profound impact on how you give your precious time today. If we could all just stop for a moment and enjoy the little things in life that make the big things worthwhile, our troubles would all seem inconsequential.
In A Nutshell
Jay Plemons’ life is nothing short of ordinary. From an aspiring chef, carpenter, educator, musician, dreamer, and father, nothing ever seems too busy when adding yet another hat into the mix as a fiction novelist. With a degree in music business, and a minor in English from Middle Tennessee State University, the aspirations to continue his journey in the arts, has followed Jay to write the Last Light Falling series, which has not only touched on some of his personal experiences, but has also helped him further explore the heightened convictions of faith. Though his first love is music, writing has profoundly changed the way he expresses himself to others, which has recently impacted his son to follow in those same emotional footsteps. When Jay isn't drumming, writing is his cure to life's distractions.