THE BOOGEYMAN IS REAL
Gregory and his little sister Imogen love spending Halloween with their parents. But this year is different. If he proves he can take care of Imogen all by himself, he’ll finally have the allowance he’s dreamed of.
That was before the basement door opened on its own. Before the strange door appeared in the basement and Imogen was taken from him by the monster.
Now everyone in town is blaming him for her disappearance, but no one is listening to his story. Where did the door come from? What was that creature? And most of all, can he find his sister before it’s too late, or will he bury his memories of her along with his parents?
1.Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?
I love comic books and graphic novels, though I don’t tend to read them anymore. These days it’s become more of a collecting hobby than anything else, though that’s always subject to change.
That being said, when I was a kid in the 90’s I would beg my mom every weekend to take me to the comic book store to get the newest X-Men comic. That love of everything Marvel has never really gone away, and X-Men is still my favorite comic book series of all time. Ice Man is my favorite!
- Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
I wouldn’t necessarily say that I inherited my love of books from anyone in particular, but I had a lot of support from my family. My family is very creative, each in different ways, and my mom would support whatever hobby my siblings and I chose throughout the years. I just happened to love books and writing from an early age.
- When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?
Not real life, but I definitely use my former dreams for picturing someone nasty. There’s this evil witch (your typical crone with a wart on the nose and everything) I used to dream of that I am fond of doing that to. It’s very entertaining.
- How do you come up with the names for your characters?
You know, normally I am a list kind of person, but ironically I don’t do that for names. Instead, I focus on plotting first, then I take a look back and think, given the surroundings and events in this book, what should I name my character? Sometimes I instantly get an idea for a name and it’s perfect. Other times I have to go back and forth on 3-4 different names until I settle on one. I never know what I’m going to get.
- Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists )?
I’m definitely all about the shopping lists, but as of right now I only write books. I did used to write poetry back in my emo days, but man that stuff was terrible!
- If your movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
I think it would depend on who would be taking the reins, though I tend to be a bit of a control freak. So probably exactly the way I created it, haha! It’s just so sad when a book is made into film and it fails miserably because it doesn’t follow the book closely enough.
- Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Pretty much any author that I’m a huge fan of: K.A. Applegate, April Daniels, Ransom Riggs to name a few.
- Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
In general I tend to write stories in more modern times, meaning the level of research I actually do is somewhat minimized. But whenever I do have a question in particular I’ll usually get on one of my large Facebook writing groups or Scribophile and voice my question. There’s usually an expert lurking around that has a wealth of knowledge and is happy to help. There are great online writing communities with resources, you just have to know where to go to get that information.
- Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
Oh definitely! Whenever I have a dilemma with my writing or plot points, I will reach out to my writing tribe that I’ve built over the past five years. Typically its been my friends Victoria or Emerald, but other times it may be Marvin or Randy depending on what’s going on.
- What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)
I would prefer a comment without a rating. The person who leaves an in-depth or even simple comment about what your book was about took time and effort to think about everything and how their experience was. It takes a lot more effort to do that than to click on a rating, though the importance of star ratings is also important.
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About the Author
Jonathan Pongratz is a writer and author of captivating horror, urban fantasy, and paranormal stories. When he’s not writing, he’s busy being a bookworm, video game junkie, and karaoke vocalist. A former resident of Dallas, he currently resides in Kansas City with his halloween cat Ajax. By day he works magic in finance, by night he creates dark and mesmerizing worlds.
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