Benjamin Sonnek is a science fiction writer, currently an undergraduate in college. He mostly writes short stories and constantly edits his books he's working on. For more information, look under the “About The Author” tab.
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(More Info About Ben Sonnek Than You Ever Wanted To Know)
Born: Of course I was.
Weight: Depends on the planet
with a hat
Personality: -INTJ (Other INTJs: Isaac Asimov, Jane Austen, C.
S. Lewis, Augustus Caesar, Stephen Hawking, Nikola Tesla, Sherlock Holmes,
Batman, Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Gandalf) -Melancholic-Plegmatic -Slightly Crazy
parents, 3 other siblings (I'm the third out of four)
Homeschooled, took PSEO in high school, currently an undergraduate in college
Experience: 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, plus grew up with
Still in R&D stage
Books: The Mysterious Benedict Society,
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, The Chronicles of Narnia
series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians
series, G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown
stories, Dave Barry books, Redwall
series…(*sound of brain exploding*)
Movies: Action/Adventure stuff
Shows: Doctor Who, Sherlock, Top Gear,
The Mentalist, Castle
Music: That which is not hard rap. Or boring. Or boring hard rap.
Animal: Cats, turtles, or reptiles in general. They’re pretty chill about
Superhero: Zamrenom Corsello (Don’t know who he is? Look under “Project
Stormlock” on this site.)
About My Writing: I’ve always been
good at daydreaming, but I began to developing interest in writing after taking a
College Composition class in high school. I also took an Art
class, confirming that cartoons and graphic novels were certainly not within my
talent range (to see just how out of my range it is, take a look at my comic
blog, Lab Rules). Around this time, an idea for a novel was bouncing around in my head, and
one day I found myself with some extra free time between classes. I told
myself, “You know, you’ve been telling people that you’d like to write a book. You
have an idea. You have time. Write the freakin’ book.”
I went to the college library, found a desk, got out my laptop, and opened a
file. Five to ten minutes of thinking later, I wrote the first sentence of Stormlock.
some reason I couldn’t fathom, I just kept at it. My writing began to move
after my acceptance into an undergraduate program, and I started writing short stories
alongside my main books which has really helped me identify my writing style
and improve it as a whole (Stormlock
has been through MANY revisions, people). I was first published at college as well, with my short story “URCARU” getting accepted into an annual arts magazine in 2015, where it won the college's fiction writing award. I have also
appeared in other campus publications during my time as a student.
Slowly but semi-surely, my writing is moving forward. My first professional short story sale was with Daily Science Fiction, and most recently I've been published in Perihelion. And I'm still working on my books and submitting short stories; prayers and encouragement are always appreciated!