Jay Bell led a quiet life in Kansas until the day he met a handsome foreign exchange student named Andreas who swept him off his feet and carried him all the way to Germany. Much to their delight, marriage awaited them when they got there. While living so distant from friends and family, Jay began writing in an effort to reconcile the mixture of devotion and alienation he felt. This resulted in a Lambda Literary Award for his coming-of-age story Kamikaze Boys and a film option for his best-selling novel Something Like Summer. The happy couple have since moved to Chicago where their adventures continue. Jay pens the stories and Andreas provides the cover art, making them books about love, forged by love.