Forever Since an Apple Author @Ken_Welsch – Newest Books4RealityTVFans Addition

I welcome Ken Welsch to my blog today, whose book Forever Since an Apple is the latest addition to my Books4REalityTVFans list. Ken studied journalism and creative writing at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, a campus and town that provided the inspiration for the fictional Great Lakes University and Wanishing in Forever Since An Apple. Published during the summer of 2015, Forever Since An Apple tells the coming-of-age story of student news photographer Daniel Evart, whose final assignment for the campus newspaper before graduation sends him to Chicago for a behind-the-scenes feature article on a new reality TV show. His time with the show, contrasted with other experiences in the small northern Michigan town, leave him confused as to the direction of his post-collegiate life.

Can you tell us about your road to publication?
In a word, lengthy. The writing of this novel began years ago, before I had any real idea what the story would ultimately become. I began by creating a single character, who eventually became Ebner Franklin. After years of tinkering with different plot changes, character introductions and general re-writing, I decided to make a concerted effort to finish the project during the summer of 2014. A year later, I self-published the book.
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Do you have a view in your writing space? What does your space look like?
I don’t have a dedicated “writing space.” Instead I go wherever I need to go to isolate myself when writing. Typically I prefer to write outdoors in a wooded setting, and wrote much of the original scenes in Forever Since An Apple at various campgrounds throughout Michigan. Much of the editing / rewriting was done at my computer late at night, when my wife and kids were asleep and the house was quiet.

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?
I tend to over-edit as I write. It’s a habit I’ve tried to break, but I continue to do it, so I’m beginning to think I should just accept it, that it’s simply the way my mind works. Setting a word-count goal for a certain period of time can help get around it, but I typically find myself rewriting as I write anyway. (I re-wrote this answer three times as I was writing it.)

Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his/her strengths and one of his weaknesses.
At the start of the story, Daniel is a student news photographer nearing his college graduation. Daniel is a talented journalist, but unlike many of his colleagues working at the campus newspaper, Daniel does not aspire to a career in big-city journalism. Instead, his ambitions are tied to various friendships, namely with roommate Ebner Franklin, friend Jim Gold and love interest Sidney Blanchard. His loyalty is a character strength, but simultaneously, Daniel is a bit of a follower. In fact, his loyalty contributes to the overall direction of the story, and is a lead factor in shaping the decisions that Daniel makes.

You’re having a party. What character from your book do you hope attends? Why? What character do you hope doesn’t attend? Why?

(Funny question.) I would like to meet Stuart, one of the stage hands working on “Who’s Who?” the reality show in the book. He’s a secondary character, but it was fun creating him and writing the few scenes in which he appears. Not sure I’d want to hang out with him for too long, but it would be funny. On the not-invited list? Probably Aaron Shipler, the editor of the student newspaper. He’s a bit of cliché character in his devotion to the newspaper trade. For purposes of the book, he draws a good contrast to Daniel and Ebner, but he’d be a bit much at a party.

Has your muse always known what genre you would write and be published in?
In broad terms, I am not surprised to have written a book that falls in the mainstream literary category. Beyond that, though, it was not a conscious decision to write a New Adult story, or a coming-of-age story. I honestly never gave much thought to genre and just wrote the story that I wanted to write.

E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?
I prefer print. I’ve never read an entire digital version of a book, not even Forever Since An Apple, and I doubt I will any time soon. I prefer having printed pages in my hands. On the other hand, if younger people today prefer e-books, then I’m all for them. Anything to keep people reading books.

How much time do you spend promoting your books?
It’s hard to quantify, given the sporadic nature of social media. If I were to guess, I’d say at least an hour a day responding to emails or Facebook and Twitter posts. Beyond that, I spend at least a few hours every week searching for book reviewers, contacting independent book stores, interacting with journalists. Basically, I spend as much time as I am able.

Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?
As a self-published author with a limited marketing budget, I love social media. When I first published the book, I used Facebook constantly to get word to that circle of people. From there I branched to Twitter, which reaches a completely different sector of people. And a niche site like Goodreads has been helpful as well. As for drawbacks, it’s easy to veer off path when using social media. Time is limited, so I try to stay targeted and not get lost surfing aimlessly.

Were you “born to write” or did you discover your passion for writing later in life?
I don’t know about “born to write,” but I’ve done it as long as I can remember. Every job I’ve held in my adult life has involved writing, including journalist, copywriter and public relations writer. I consider writing fiction, however, to be a vastly different process than writing a press release or ad copy, and I prefer the freedom and creativity of it.

For more information about Ken, visit www.kenwelsch.com., or follow him on Facebook or Twitter @Ken_Welsch.

Synopsis:
Reality TV stardom. Garage band dreams. Through the lens of his camera, student news photographer Daniel Evart sees a world in which opportunities are evident and success is clearly defined. If only life was that simple.

Set on a fictional college campus in northern Michigan, FOREVER SINCE AN APPLE tells the story of how Daniel struggles with early-adulthood confusion and learns to define his own measures of success. Purchase the book in print or Kindle version at Amazon.

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