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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

#IndieSpotlight of Jay Bahre Author of Pirates Cave

Jay Bahre 

The Title of Your Work or Group: 
 Pirates Cave 

Where are you from? 
 I am from Canton CT but now reside in Westfield, Ma 

In what genre do you write? 
 Mostly fiction, but I have written a few Non- fiction stories and articles and I also had a time in my life where I was writing poetry.

In your own words, what is your book about? 
 Pirates Cave is about two best friends that on the last day of school before summer vacation started ended up on the beach at a place called Pirates Cave. This was common practice for the two boys because both of their families owned homes on the beach.

One of the boys was John and he found an old bottle in the sand that he thought was just some junk that had washed up on shore and had been there for ever, but the other boy Jason knew better so he took it home so he study it a little closer.

That day while they were there they meet a man that told the boys he was a Pirate named “Mad Dog” John wasn’t so sure and really didn't believe him but Jason on the other hand was curios about the man and that’s what lead him back there to Pirates Cave.

When Jason turned up missing this man “Mad Dog’ was the prime suspect but he was no where to be found. Everyone turned to John for his help, but all the information he could give could not help.

It wasn’t until Detective Lenny Waters did some research on Pirates Cave is when they came up with some leads to where Jason might be. Jason was finally found and the mystery of who this pirate was was also solved.

What is your writing style? Do you follow all guides and rules? Synopsis, outline etc. or do you just sit down at the computer and type to see what happens. 
I follow a very simple and basic writing style and I never really thought about it until just asked but I will compare it to an artist that draws his pictures free style. So the answer is no- I do not follow any guides or rules, It's my story and I will write it they way I hear it in my head and not what is politically correct. I think I get more out of my writing if I just sit down at my computer and see what happens. For example if you have a kid that is from the "HOOD" you have to write him in the book like and excuse my for being a stereotype but you have to use the slang and broken speech like a kid from the hood would talk. Even though your computer rejects the words and sentences you write. When I write I make or at leased try to make my characters fit their part. 

Have you ever written anything and thought; " The world has got to see this!" ? 
 Yes of course-

Do you have an editor and Cover Designer or do you do this yourself?
I am a starving artist, I edit my story the best that I can and I also design my own covers. sometimes I will buy the rights to the picture like the one on Pirates Cave and sometimes my son will help me design the cover. 

Who is your favorite author. Not just someone that you read allot. I wanna know whose book you read that made you suddenly know that if you didn't do this for the rest of your life then you would never be happy. 
 To be honest with you I don't do any reading I wouldn't know a author from a hole in the ground.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 
I think the most challenging thing about my writing is just getting started and then after that I don't know if I should add more to the story or less. Sometimes I feel if I add too much I am going to bore my reader with too much detail and if I don't add enough I am going to bore my reader because they won't see the big picture, they don't see they story like I see it in my head. One short story that I wrote got a bad review from a reader. I think his problem was one he has no sense of humor and two he just didn't get the story. 

Do you write your characters or do they write themselves through you? 
 Kind of both. It starts out that I write them but soon into the story they start writing themselves and characters are also created on their own. it seems like sometimes I have no control of what they say or do. 

Do you ever write yourself into the characters? 
 Yes and no- Not so much in Pirates Cave but my next story that is coming out soon yes. I gave the maincharacter some of my traits and characteristics and added real life experiences into it too. 

Is writing your full time job or are you "Keeping your day job"? So to speak. 
LOL, That is a good question that deserves a honest answer. I guess I do a lot of writing when I am sitting at home so it seems like it is a full time job to me and as much as I would like to see one of my stories go number one or be made into a movie so I could sit on the beach and watch the sunset, then rise, I think I will be keeping my day job for a while longer. 

If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be?
 That is another good question and there are a lot of people that have meet their demise that I would like to meet but if I had to choose one right now I would say Freddie Mercury.

There are millions of new books released every year. What in your mind makes yours stand out from all those millions in your genre?
 I don't know if it does stand out from all the rest, you know it's just a grain of salt mixed in with all the rest. I am just a simple person that wrote a book, if the cover or what it's about catches your eye or interest then read it. If it doesn't then don't read it. About 15 years ago I was writing another story and my son who at the time was around 5 asked me to write a story for him so I did. I used to hand write everything and then type it up later so for the past 15 years this story has been sitting in my closet. I finally decided that I wanted to publish it and share it with the world. 

In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Have you found a great free way to market your work that you think other Indies will benefit from? 
I have not found a way to market my books, and I really have no clue as to where to start either. 

Sites to find and follow Jay's work:

Amazon: Not yet released pre order on Smashwords But if you want to check out my other books 

B&N: Not yet released - pre order on Smashwords But if you want to check out my other books

I would also like to add my Yahoo voices site- there you can read some of my free work of poems and such.

Add any other links that you feel would be helpful in convincing readers that they absolutely must buy right this minute or they'll die. 

There are two links I would like to add. The first one is and the second one is I would also like to give a very special thanks to Nikki for posting my book Pirates Cave on her site. She is doing an awesome thing by supporting local and indie authors as we all should be doing because without your indie authors there would be no Stephen Kings- 

I would also like to thank you the reader of my work, if you have read some of my writings then I have accomplished part of what I want to do in life and that being write a book so my name will live on even after I am gone and two to actually get someone to read it. Thank you all- Jay Bahre