NaNo Day 19: Interview with Brett Jonas

Sorry for writing two days’ posts within twelve hours of one another, but I have a busy day ahead of me (class, work, dress rehearsal, choir concert–then MOCKINGJAY PART 2 OHMYGOSH IT IS FINALLY HERE I CANNOT HANDLE IT).

With that in mind, I don’t have any NaNoing planned for the day. (The current goal is just to stay awake and on my feet until the end of it, to be honest.)

So: seems like a good time to share an interview!

Like the past couple years, throughout November I’m sharing interviews with other writers competing in NaNoWriMo in order to give a broader perspective of the event. (Also to just let you meet these fantastic humans, because I adore them.)

Today’s interview is with Brett Jonas, my favorite goat milk enthusiast and one of this year’s creative consultants for Ch1Con. Here we go!


1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a writer, reader, Christian, and chocolate lover. After being homeschooled my whole life, I’m currently taking classes at my local community college and working in my family’s business, Goat Milk Stuff, with my seven younger siblings. I also spend way too much time procrastinating on Twitter.

2. Have you done NaNoWriMo before, or is this your first time? What are your thoughts so far?

I have done NaNoWriMo several times, but I’ve never gone for the full 50k during the month of November. I’ll do 50k during the camps in the summer months, but with November being the busiest time of year at work, I generally go for 25k. Right now, I’m just hoping I can make the 25k this year – I’m farther behind than I’ve ever been.

3. Can you tell us about your novel?

This is my first time ever writing contemporary, so I’m really nervous about it, but also pretty excited. It’s these two nerds who fall in love with each other and I’m having so much fun slipping in ALL THE FANDOM references. LOL (You can find a summary on my Nano page, because I can’t for the life of me come up with a short pitch yet.

4. In addition to doing NaNoWriMo this year, you’re also a college student, working at your family’s super cool business (, volunteering as one of Ch1Con’s creative consultants, and more. How do you balance so much at once?

Balance? Hah. What’s that? But seriously, I’m not quite sure how I manage to do it all. I had two manuscripts land in my inbox this week that needed to be beta read and returned within a week, in addition to my homework and regular work. Nano got dropped in the process. But, since I’m only going for 25k, I’m only 5k behind schedule and I’m hoping I can catch back up – after I catch up on the homework that I abandoned to get these novels back to their authors. Oops? (Erica Cameron and Breeana Puttroff are brilliant, by the way, and I will drop everything to read their books any time. LOL)

5. Any tips for fast drafting a novel?

My biggest tip for fast drafting is to run word sprints. Find a buddy – whether online or in real life – and set a timer. Race the clock, and at the end, report your word counts to each other. Whether you sprint for 15 minutes or an hour, if you sit down and focus on writing as fast as you can for a pre-determined amount of time, you’re bound to get a fair amount of words. And, it’s fun!

6. Quick: what is your #1, go-to snack food for when the writing (or revisions) get tough?

Chocolate. My family makes some pretty amazing chocolate covered goat milk caramels and they are the best. Popcorn is a good writing snack too, if I’m in a salty mood instead of sweet.

7. And last but not least, where can we find you online?

You can find me at, on Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Instagram. I’m most active on Twitter, but I have some pretty awesome writing inspiration boards on Pinterest, and in the next few months there will be baby goats galore on my Instagram. You know, if cute baby animals are your thing. 😉


Thanks so much for letting me interview you, Brett!

Goal for Today: 0
Overall Goal: 30,000
Current Word Count: 34,514


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