Many of you know me as Jonathan Kohns, or Doctor Kohns, or DK, or Dad. J. W. McKay is the pseudonym I came up with to differentiate serious/scholarly writing with my fiction – J. W. (Jonathan Wesley) – Kay (Kohns) – Mc (because Scottish people are cool). Since I was in 4th grade I have wanted to be a writer and have enjoyed writing a fair bit to the enjoyment of self, friends, and family. But why write if you can’t share? The internet provides tremendous possibilities for self publishing, so here I go. My literary influences range from such diverse figures as Tolkien, Bradbury, Golding, Wiesel, Poe, and London. While I am working on a longer piece of fiction (a proper novel) and excerpts of that may appear here, this page is mostly for short stories and poems. I hope you enjoy my writing.