Jay Campbell fantasy author

A Few Words About Me

So, I'm Jay.

 

First things first. I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1987. Having ancestral roots in Britain, I moved to England in 2007 and then in 2009 - favouring the Caledonian side of things - settled in Scotland. My home has been Edinburgh since 2013 - my one true love, truth be told, and the most beautiful city in the world despite the fact that I'll always in some way long for the Cape.

But let's back up a bit. When did writing begin? Well, since pretty much pen-holding age I'd been making story-shaped scratchlings for the amusement of my family. The crucial moment - the turning point and realisation of the fact that I really wanted to WRITE - came sometime in `99. That was when an epic game of Lego with my brother got out of hand. Expressed through building blocks, a world and story evolved into something more complex and exciting than the play-mat could contain. It had to go somewhere else. It had to be something else. It had to be given the chance to be shared with someone else.

 

And so the choice became simple: ditch the Lego and start writing or, quite literally, lose the plot!

 

Twenty years on I'm still writing in the hopes of sharing worlds. I think I have captured a world that has been growing with me. It's also satisfying to discover that what's been growing, in spite of all its many growth-spurts and changes and mutations, can still be (technically) traced back to that afternoon in `99.

 

Saying that, it's only now that I'm just about ready to share it that I feel a journey has truly begun in that world.

 

Why not take it with me?

JC

Edinburgh `19