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Author: Jay Clark

Jay Clark is the author of Finding Mr. Brightside, which author Jerry Spinelli (Stargirl) calls “one of my favorite YA books ever,” and The Edumacation of Jay Baker, which Booklist praised in a starred review: “The magic lies in the telling.” When he isn’t writing, Jay enjoys thinking seriously about getting a golden retriever puppy but then having second thoughts about it, playing tennis as if something important is at stake, and complaining about his monthly Starbucks expenses when they’re fully within his control. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

In my own words – 15 random factoids

1. When at home and walking into an empty room, I have a tendency to begin singing loudly — a self-protective mechanism whereby I think a potential intruder and/or ghost will start laughing (or singing along?) and alert me to his/her presence.
2. I enjoy a good whale documentary more than just about anyone. Especially if the narrator has a deep, fatherly tone of voice like Tom Selleck or Morgan Freeman.
3. Sometimes I wake up saying, “Today is the day I’m going to get organized!” I’m not sure what happens after that besides a whole lotta nothing.
4. I enjoy promising myself that I’ll start blending high-protein smoothies soon, but then I never want to search for the proper ingredients at the grocery store. I’ve created many vicious circles like this for myself, and I never see them coming.
5. I vacillate between downloading too many productivity apps and then deleting them after reading a productivity book/article on essentialism. (I haven’t found this back-and-forth to be particularly productive.)
6. I’m easily addicted to brain-training programs like Lumosity and Elevate. When the procrastination starts eating away at me, that’s how I know it’s time to stop and search for a new productivity app that I don’t need.
7. I seem to write best after procrastinating for hours upon hours, at which point my mind is too tired from all the brain-training games to brainstorm any going-nowhere alternatives.
8. I’ve been known to circle the block an extra time to avoid a 2-second interaction with one of my perfectly friendly neighbors. I’m working on this.
9. Whenever it’s time to mow the lawn I feel like the world is going to end, even though deep down I know the world doesn’t care if I die from boredom.
10. I believe in the power of dream boards but get embarrassed by the inspirational collage I’ve put together as the desktop image for my computer. There’s no one else around but me and the ghosts when I’m feeling this embarrassment. This doesn’t stop THE SINGING.
11. I use the same hair pomade as Elvis Presley. This makes me feel cooler by association than it maybe should.
12. I halfheartedly attempt to meditate every day. I usually only last a minute or two. Then I try to tell myself that I can meditate while doing something else, which completely defeats the purpose.
13. I’ve eaten peanut butter pretty much every day for approximately 12 years straight. I’m fine with this.
14. I keep a daily gratitude journal but have a tendency to say the same things all the time, which sort of makes me feel like an ingrate.
15. I like to invent awesomely bad products that people might think they need but really don’t, then practice my inevitable pitch to the sharks of Shark Tank. (Barbara is always out immediately. Kevin pokes a few holes in my numbers but then extends me a terrible offer based on his begrudging respect for my ability to sell crap. Mark makes a face like he’s constipated the whole time. Lori thinks I’m more hero than zero and partners with Robert to offer me an amazing deal, which I accept, and we immediately start shooting a QVC infomercial.)