was a dark and
stormy night ..."
experiences in writing came like most ... in elementary school.
But a spark was lit inside that created many embers. He enjoyed
writing stories just for fun and spent many hours reading books that
fired his imagination.
reading poetry and had the opportunity to write some of his own
beginning in an advance literature class in 8th grade. All he
knew at the time was the standard rhyme and rhythm style and so his
earliest poems followed that same pattern, but he grew tired of this
knowing that it just didn't fit the way he wanted to express himself
and so he put aside writing any more poetry for a few years.
the meantime Jace
began writing songs which didn't bother him in keeping with that rhyme
and rhythm pattern (more on this here).
is usually what
makes someone think and sometimes even write poetically and while
studying and traveling in Europe during the summer between his junior
and senior years of high school, he fell in love and the heart
strings pulled out his pen and pad and once again he was writing.
But, like his earlier poems, he just couldn't shake the rhyme and
rhythm, so after a few months he once again set aside his poetry (but
continued with his songwriting).
started college he made a discovery that would change his style of
writing poetry forever. The content of Jace's poems were either
about the desire to love, the total joy of being in love, or the pain
of a crushing heartbreak. During a visit to a local bookstore
Jace found himself in the poetry section and came across a book with a
title that tugged at his heart, "Stanyan Street and Other Sorrows" by Rod McKuen.
He began to read through it and discovered a kindred
spirit and knew he'd found the style of writing that he'd been
searching for so long to find ... free verse. He could now say
what he wanted to say the way he wanted to say it, and from there his
writing never ended.
the next few
years Jace wrote constantly, expressing every exciting moment and every
shattering heartbreak with
equal passion. His work was very personal and private, only
sharing his poems with his closest friends, if at all. They urged
him to get his poems published but Jace declined. He
could bare his heart and soul to those close to him but not to an
and some even submitted some of his poems into competitions without his
knowledge and when he started receiving high recognition and accolades
for his work, some poems being published in anthologies, and others
chosen as a part of wedding ceremonies, he
began to reconsider his hesitancy to have his work published.
During this same
time in his life he had continued to read the works of Rod McKuen,
seeing him in concert, buying his albums of spoken word and
songs. He saw how Rod's first three books, "Stanyan Street and
Other Sorrows", "Listen To The Warm", and "Lonesome Cities", seemed to
fit toegther in a trilogy and so he sat down one weekend and took his
own poems and began to divide them in a similar way; like "Stanyan ..."
Jace created a book made up of poems of a broken heart, the loss of
love, the searching for love, and like "Listen ..." he created a book
that spoke of the hope, excitement and passions of love found, and like
..." he created a book that mixed these emotional highs and lows along
with some poems written for friends. The result was his own
"Breaking The Stillness"
"Sounds of Darkness" was published and
received tremendous critical acclaim, including very high praise from
his mentor, Rod McKuen. "Rainwater Tapestry", "Breaking The
Stillness" and Jace's other books of poetry:
"Whispers In The Night"
"Cries And Whispers"
"Hand in Hand"
"The Bridge To Forever"
only in manuscript form right now, but Jace has given serious thought
publishing them and making them available through this website in the
these books may be found here.
Jace also has several other writing projects in various stages of
completion, including creating
compilations of inspirational quotes he's published on his Change Your Stars!
website, and an early history of the small town in California
he grew up in titled, "The Village: Growing Up in Small Town America".