Author Name: Jonathan Pongratz
Genre: Horror/Scifi/ Fantasy
Books: Conscience, Reaper: A Horror Novella
Are you a full-time author? If not, what’s your side gig? I wish! During the week I do finance work for a legal firm. It may be a bit boring, but it certainly pays the bills!
Favorite author/books: Shutter by Courtney Alameda, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, and Battlecry by Emerald Dodge.
What experiences or people have influenced your writing the most? Hard to say exactly. My need to read has probably influenced me the most. Reading fuels my inspiration to write.
Do you keep a writing journal and if so, how do you use it? Nope.
Do you belong to a writers’ group? If so, describe your experience: Nope.
Are you up with the sun or do you burn the midnight oil? Definitely an early bird. During the week I sometimes get up as early as 4am! Do I like it? Not really, but it’s how I get things done.
How do you get over a writing slump? Honestly, I just keep writing. If I feel a writing slump coming, I write even more to try and beat it. It will pass eventually.
Do you prefer writing dialogue or descriptive passages? Both are intrinsically linked to a balanced story, so I would say both. Sometimes you need dialogue to move the story, other times you need the setting to do the work for you.
What are you working on now? I’m working on the sequel to Reaper: A Horror Novella. I’m chiseling out the first draft and hoping to get this baby published by end of year or early 2021.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about writing and publishing a book? Keep at it. Set aside time for writing and force yourself to commit to it.
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which podcasts do you find the most interesting? Yes! I prefer true crime, anything paranormal, and a little bit of comedy.
Favorite escape: A book or somewhere rural and scenic.
Have you ever tried Kombucha tea? No, but a friend let me smell Kombucha once and that pretty much sealed my disdain for it.
Do you prefer a couch with pillows or no pillows? What is life without pillows, tons and tons of pillows?
Would you rather rake leaves, shovel snow or weed? I very much enjoy raking leaves. No idea why. Sign me up!
Favorite mask – disposable paper, plain fabric, colorful print or something else? Plain fabric. I have some black ones that are great.
Biggest writing challenge since Covid-19: Keeping up with life and wellness. Things have somehow gotten much busier than they were pre-Covid.
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