I'm Jay Argent, the author of the Fairmont Boys series. How I became a novelist is a rather surprising story; at least, I didn’t see it coming. Even though I kind of excelled in writing throughout elementary school and high school – that’s what my teachers kept telling me – when it was time to choose my occupation I decided to be an engineer. Yeah, I didn’t know then that all gay kids were meant to be hairdressers.
Over the decade after my graduation, I pursued a career in a couple of international firms, traveled here and there, met my fabulous husband, and ended up becoming a manager in a consulting firm. Along that path, there was some ambition and a lot of good luck, and I did pretty well. I had enough money to pay my bills and I lived a comfortable life. I was getting older, but in my heart, I felt young and happy.
Then one sunny afternoon three years ago, I was assigned a mind-numbing project. Had I known it then, I would have run fast. The job was boring and, week after week, month after month, I was repeating the same tasks. Gradually, the light in my eyes dimmed and I lost my passion, which had been so precious to me.
To prevent the fast-approaching brain death, I started to write and I was hooked instantly. It’s impossible to describe the feeling that rushes through my body when someone gives me a pen and a piece of paper and the freedom to innovate. It was a life-changing experience. I was living again.
From the very beginning, it was clear to me that the characters in my novels would be gay. Of course, not all of them, but the important ones – the protagonists who fall in love or save the world from the approaching disasters. A prince will get his prince.
You could ask whether I am writing gay novels just because I am gay. And my answer is no. Obviously, that’s part of the story, but mostly I do it because I want to give my modest contribution to the LGBT community. It’s my way of thanking the previous generations for paving the road for me, as well as supporting the youth who might still be searching for their identity or place in society.
In a world where the mainstream media is full of stereotypical LGBT characters, I believe that gay people, young and old, deserve to have books with heroes who are like them – ordinary people living their exciting lives. Getting better and better at telling those stories is what drives me forward.