About Ken Welsch:
Ken Welsch has worked as a writer in Michigan since the early 1990s. As a news reporter, his work has been published in numerous publications, including the Detroit News, Bay City Times and News-Herald. He has also worked as a copywriter for ad agencies Team Detroit and the Detroit Media Partnership.
Born and raised in suburban Detroit, Ken studied creative writing and journalism at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, a campus and town that provided the inspiration for the fictional Great Lakes University and Wanishing in “Forever Since An Apple.”
He currently lives in Trenton, Michigan, with his wife and three children.
What inspires you to write?
I think I’m inspired most by the lessons I’ve learned, or the lessons those close to me have learned. I enjoy the challenge of blending life experiences and imagination to create a story and a world that, hopefully, will draw people in.
Tell us about your writing process.
For my first novel, FOREVER SINCE AN APPLE, I worked somewhat haphazardly. More than a decade of tinkering with different scenes and characters provided a good base, but at the same time made it difficult to shape into what felt like a complete start-to-finish novel. Moving forward, I plan to work with a bit more structure, while still maintaining some of that “writing the scene I want to write” mentality.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do not talk to them, but when writing dialogue I do try to listen to them, try to imagine them actually saying the words to help decide whether the dialogue sounds natural.
What advice would you give other writers?
Tip #1 would be to never give up. I started writing this book a few months before the birth of my third child. After she was born, the project got pushed aside for the better part of a decade, although I did dig it out on occasion to work on it. That third child – my daughter – is now 11, and I’ve spent a good portion of the past year determined to devote the time necessary to see the project through.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My decision to self-publish was largely one of impatience. I wasn’t prepared for the reportedly long journey of finding an agent who could then find a publisher, so I decided I was comfortable enough with the story that I would self-publish it. When I started this 12 years ago, I’m not sure self-publishing was even a viable option, so I’m thrilled that technology has made it so.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Like many people, I wonder about the reading habits of society in general. At the same time, I think there will always be a place for good story-telling, and the publishing process will adapt to make sure those stories are available in formats that consumers are comfortable with.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Mainstream literary fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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