Jonah Gibson grew up in a one stoplight town in Western Ohio. Nestled among the soy bean and corn fields and overrun with turkey flocks, it had six churches, six taverns, and six gas stations. Jonah got his moral sensibilities in one of the churches, and developed his quirky lens for social observation in the taverns—all six of 'em. Then he gassed up and left town. There are those who think he had to leave town, but there is no real evidence to support this theory.
Jonah currently resides on Florida's Treasure Coast with his wife and a retired racing greyhound named Bean. He writes funny books, posts funny blog entries, and tries generally to escape the 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune' with as many naps as Bean will allow.
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.
A delicious tale of revenge gone wrong, money laundering, and upscale divorce unfolds on a reality TV show that is anything but real. Newly homeless Cliff Trask navigates the rarefied labyrinths of Miami Beach society with two trophy girlfriends on his arm and a cartel assassin hot on his trail. Will he get his old life back or will he end up with an ice pick to the skull?
Buses & Bears, Bullets & Stones is a collection of 5 short stories—a mixed bag of off-beat fiction aimed directly at the adult funny bone. These stories are alternately funny, poignant, quirky, magical, and occasionally a little scary.
Mired in an epic mid-life crisis, Jack McCain is swimming against the currents of his life. His ex-wife hates his attitude. His girlfriend hates the stripper he's hooked up with. His old friends hate his new car, and his new friends are trying to steal his old car. Everyone wants to call him 'Geezer'. Will he triumph against all odds, or join the mounting body count? Join in the dark comedic fun.