Jonah Gibson


Jonah Gibson is a former accounting and finance executive who lives on the Florida Treasure Coast with his wife and as many greyhounds as they are able to squeeze into the house. He's been writing most of his adult life, but turned seriously to fiction in 2008 the day after the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy brought Wall Street to it's knees and the global economy to the brink. Honest fiction may be subversive, but it rarely poses the same level of threat to society as the monumental financial fictions that underpin economic policy . When he is not writing, Jonah is tinkering at art and thinking about fishing, although he never actually goes fishing as he hates to get his shiny tackle wet.

Jonah prefers the sacred to the profane, but also prefers profanity, at which he is adept, to speech that has been sanitized of impact. He prefers art to politics and politics to war, quiet to music and music to noise. He prefers driving to flying, but these days who doesn't? He also prefers red wine to white, scotch to bourbon, and martinis to everything else. He likes his candy with nuts. In fact, he is certain that there is nothing that cannot be improved with the addition of either nuts or bacon - except martinis of course. Those are already perfect - only the classic ones though, constructed of gin and vermouth with the garnish of your choice. An appletini is not a martini. Jonah suspects it may actually be an abomination, but he would never say so.

Jonah believes fiction is often truer than reality, and art is more reasonable than philosophy. He thinks science confirms faith in ways only a poet would understand. He believes that, at a minimum, one should leave the world in a better state than one found it, and while it's okay to fail at this, it's not okay not to try.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sure, I wrote a science fiction story in the 8th grade. It was supposed to be an assignment, but I colored waaay outside the lines, and ended up with 13 pages of fanciful fiction. That was about 3 times longer than it needed to be to meet the requirements of the assignment, so it's clear that I got carried away in more ways than one. The teacher sent home a note saying I had an active imagination. Mom didn't think that was a good thing.
What is your writing process?
I used to start with a legal pad and a fountain pen. I enjoyed the tactile sensation of actual writing, and convinced myself that it nurtured the creative process. I still make my initial notes and outlines that way, but I don't insist on a good fountain pen anymore. Rather than have to fill a pen with ink and arrange a space I just jump right in. I try not to think about process - just about the story as it unfolds. I write exclusively on the computer now, but I make notes to myself on a pad about things I need to fix or things I need to incorporate later. I keep the pad handy and cross stuff off as it gets folded into the work.
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