Jay Colle is a 54-year-old southerner who has been involved in the business and art of the graphic design field for over thirty years. He started his career in the pre-digital age, getting his hands dirty with marker comps, x-acto knives and long, waxed galleys of text. He survived the implementation of computers in his chosen field and eventually advanced into the world of managing creative people, working as a Creative Director for several small design shops specializing in print and Web design. In-between he worked for newspapers, magazines, advertising and public relations firms and designed interactive software projects for CD and the Web. Not uncharacteristically for someone in his field, he also illustrates and writes, two areas he has constantly incorporated into his design work. The writing took a more serious turn the last couple of years and a novel ("Back, Again") and some short stories sprouted from that time of focus. One of the short stories, "Oh, Tanner Baum," won an award at a Florida writer's conference for "Best Short Story for Adults" which he thought was odd since he had always considered it a funny children's story. He accepted the certificate despite his misgivings.
The most recent story, "Adam Mahoney, You Just Won!", is a tale about a man who wakes one morning to discover he has been launched into a very unique situation. Faced with unlimited possibilities, what will he choose? How will he respond when he knows that no one else could possibly be affected by any action he takes? Can any choice be labelled selfish when he's the last man standing on the face of the earth?