I’m Jaylee James, a writer, editor, blogger, and overall geek from Kansas City.
Writing & Editing
I have been writing for as long as I could hold a pen. I was entering writing competitions all through elementary school (without winning a single one). I spent truly outrageous amounts of time writing elaborate fantasy epics in elementary school and posting them on a long-dead website called Kids-Space. In sixth grade (year 2000 to you) I was featured in the Neopian Times a number of times, and thus began my writing career! Haha. I wrote a lot of epic fantasy and angsty poetry in high school (as one does), and eventually studied (but did not major in) English literature and writing in college.
From July 2014 – Feb 2015, I was the founder and senior editor of Vitality Magazine, a LGBTQ+ literary magazine seeking to fulfill a need for positive genre fiction featuring queer characters. I myself identify as polyamorous, demi-bisexual, and bigender, and this project was very close to my heart. Unfortunately Vitality closed in early 2015, but all the issues are still available on Amazon.
From there, I went on to write and edit numerous projects here and there, including Murder-You-Vote in the spring of 2016. I then edited an anthology of science fiction fairytales called Circuits & Slippers, which came out in the fall of 2016.
Now I concurrently run two ongoing projects which update on alternating Wednesdays – Polycule, in which I tell true stories from my queer polyamorous dating life, and Spectrum Lit, an #OwnVoices LGBTQ+ flash fiction Patreon. I encourage you to check them out! I think they’re pretty neat 😉
I work at a boring office job in the healthcare industry. In my spare time (ha!) I do my writing, play video games, obsessively scroll twitter, and read lots of books across multiple genres.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart, a teddy bear with a marshmallow heart named Chris. But we date other people, too.
I have two teacup pomeranians named Bubbles and Taffy, who share my deep and abiding love of food. They are the absolute loves of my life and at least once a week I gripe at myself for falling in love with creatures that have such a limited lifespan. And who continuously pee on the carpet. And who steal my food off of my plate if I turn my back for even a second. …. But they’re so cute, you guys…
Jaylee James is a pen name. My real name is Gaven. My legal name is a mystery spoken of only in legend and myth (and by my grandparents but you know). My pronouns are e/er, as in “I heard e has never done er taxes all by enself.” If that’s too difficult for you, you can use she/her or he/him as long as you mix them up sometimes.