Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Jay Noel, author of Dragonfly Warrior (The Mechanica Wars) (Volume 1) and blogger at

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Welcome, Jay!


Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?



Author Jay Noel

I have a degree in English, Secondary Education, and I was a high school English teacher for five years before I left for the private sector. I now work in medical sales where I spend lots of time in the car, so it a great opportunity to think-up fantastical tales to write about.

I played tennis in high school and college, and I still enjoy playing. At the moment, I’m working with my 13 yr old to get him ready to play high school. I don’t have a lot of free time for other extracurricular activities, but I also love blogging. I’ve been a blogger since 2005.



On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do my writing these days anywhere I can. My favorite workspace is the table in our closed in sunroom. I have a waterfall and pond right next to me, and when you open the window, I love the sound of water.


2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

My desk is actually an antique table from my father-in-law. He loved to find discarded antiques and refurbish them. After he passed away, we found pieces of this table, and after SEVERAL years, I finally put it together. It’s over 100 years old. In fact, I believe the wood is from Noah’s Ark.


3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Just me and my laptop.


4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

My sunroom is great. I love how I’m still inside, yet so close to being outside. I often stare out the window to get my imagination going. During the winter, I turn on the gas fireplace in the corner. Gets pretty cozy in there.



5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

I drink water out of my Doctor Who thermal cup.

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I have a ton of favorite authors, but if I had to pin it down to one, I’d pick YA author Robert Cormier. He was a true pioneer in YA back when YA didn’t even exist.


2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

My work schedule is crazy since I travel, so I really don’t have a writing schedule. I just try to write when I can, which is usually at night when all is quiet.


3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I either write or edit every day. I have to. It’s like breathing. Now, it might only be 15 minutes, as my schedule allows, but I do all I can to do something every single day.


4. Why do you write?

That’s a good question. I write because I’m a storyteller. I love making up stories and sharing them with people. Not sure if that makes me a pathological liar, but at least I’m entertaining!


5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

I’ll go with Robert Cormier, since he’s my favorite and I got to speak with him on the phone just before he passed away. He said: “I simply write with an intelligent reader in mind. I don’t care about how old they are.”

I’ve adopted that philosophy as well.



Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Jay!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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11 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Jay Noel”

  1. Sheri Larsen says:

    I’ve heard so much about Jay and his book. Love the cover and concept! Thanks, Jay, for sharing that quote by Cormier. It’s perfect!

  2. Jay Noel says:

    This was so much fun! Thanks Nutty!

  3. That’s an old table.
    Your view is great! I could write with that view.

  4. Southpaw says:

    I Jay! Nice to meet you. Now I can say I met (sort of) someone who writes on Noah’s Arc! That’s gonna give me street cred.

  5. I could never use a table over 100 years old since I’d be afraid to put a coffee stain on it. Congrats on your novels Jay and thanks for hosting the interview Nutschell!

  6. mooderino says:

    Very interesting to get a look into Jay’s life. Great interview.


  7. Elise Fallson says:

    Great interview and love the pic of your garden, I think it has a nice calming effect, great place to write. :)

  8. Tyrean says:

    Love that quote and that you were able to talk to Cormier!
    I’m also a huge fan of windows that make us feel like we are outside when we are inside. Wonderful views spur imagination!
    Nice getting to have some insight into your writing life, Jay! Looking forward to your next book!

  9. Great interview, guys!

    Love that table and outdoorsy feel, but I don’t know if I’m disciplined enough to be able to ignore the surroundings and get any writing done there.

  10. Jay Noel says:

    I often find myself staring out of it, so it can be a distraction for sure. Especially when I’m on the lookout for hawks or cranes trying to eat my koi fish!!!

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