Nick B Ponter, the author of 'Connor Jackson and the Memory Thieves' released his book in November 2019. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life had been treating him since he was published.
- Did you always dream of becoming an author?
Not at all and it came spontaneously in 2013. Since then it has not only been a dream but a focused aim.
- What was your first job?
Apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner in the army.
- How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
I cannot normally remember my dreams, but one morning I could, and I thought it would be an awesome idea to write a story about it. So, I said I would do it and I did it. I decided from the beginning to write a four-book series and I planned it all very meticulously, so no, it was never only for fun. However, writing must always be fun regardless of the aim and I had a lot of enjoyment writing my first book and even more with the second.
- What was your life like before you became an author?
I am now a business English trainer, living and working in Germany. My life hasn’t changed too much as I still do this job and write whenever and wherever I have the opportunity. The change has been the additional commitments of reading and marketing. My first book was only published in November 2019 so I cannot work less and make up for it in book sales yet.
- Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
I had the real urge to write as soon as I came up with the story idea. However, I had no time and found it extremely difficult to actually find the time to write. I ended up taking short holidays to do it, but I put myself under a lot of pressure in the process. My second book, which I have finished by hand, was much easier and quicker to write as I had more experience in the planning phase and was quite clear about what I wanted.
- Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
My life hasn’t changed too much yet, but it is very nice being asked all the time about my book. I really enjoy standing up and doing readings, especially when I see people laughing. I have always called myself a business English trainer first but now I call myself an author.
I now travel more because I go away on writing trips. I visited Thailand twice last year, not only because it is a nice place to write but my second book is set there, so I used the opportunity for research and writing on location.
- Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
I get up at 5am, make coffee and read the news. I normally have to drive around 7am and need time to make my food for work and get ready. I hate rushing in the morning. I am a business English trainer and work in German companies so a typical day would involve driving, conducting training, driving, conducting training and so on. I usually get home around 7pm or a bit later if I go to the fitness centre. I then check emails and get ready for the next day.
There is little time for writing, so I use the time driving around to think of new ideas and write them down in my many notebooks. At the weekend I would plan the next sections from the assorted notes I made. When I have enough material, I go away for a few days and write by hand, leaving the task of typing when I am back.
- What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
Giving my first ever reading to over 60 people.
- In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
Pegasus has made my dream of becoming a published author come true. The whole process from being offered a contract, though the editing, production and publicity phases has been wonderful. All of the information was useful, and questions answered promptly. A really professional service and I look forward to more years of excellent cooperation.
- Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?
I was offered four publishing contracts which were all quite similar in content. The offer from Pegasus contained a wonderful guide in layman’s language and it was easy to speak to the team on the phone, leaving me a very good impression. Other publishers only replied by email and lacked interpersonal skills.