Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Jon Gregory is my pen name, I’m a financial advisor with a major Wall Street firm in Northern California. When I’m not scuba diving, sailing, spearfishing, abalone diving, cycling or spending time with my family, I’ve found time to write.
I’m currently working on my second book, “Go For the Dough”, also featuring Travis Black.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Run for the Money is a high stakes crime thriller that was inspired by the brazen antics that happen when greed, money and Wall Street all meet in the same room.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My process is what you might call a cohesive mess. I outline and write at the same time, one sort of feeds the other. When I’m stuck on the outline I’ll just make things up in the story, and when I get stuck in the story I continue to outline in greater detail and freeform. I don’t what you call it but it seems to work.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Elmore Leonard, T C Boyle and Lawrence Block.
What are you working on now?
The sequel to Run for the Money, working title is Go for the Dough, and it also features the main character Travis Black.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Goodreads, Twitter and old fashioned word of mouth.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write for yourself. Write because you like to write. Today’s technology gives everyone a voice and the gatekeepers to block your way are gone. If you write good stuff it will find an audience, the secret is there are no secrets.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
That your first draft will be terrible. Your second my be also. Writing is really rewriting, and dealing with cleaning up the mess you’ve created is part of the process. It will get better every time, but it will take work, and the only way to get it done is to sit down and write.
What are you reading now?
City of the Sun by David Levien
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep honing my craft and put out entertaining works in the same high stakes crime thriller genre.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand