About Tony Welch:
Born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, I attended college at Mankato State University and received my B.S. in Political Science and Urban and Regional Studies. I am currently working on my M.A. in Urban and Regional Studies and have worked for many years in mortgage lending. Single with no children, I enjoy spending time outdoors, reading and writing, watching television series and movies, and spending time with my friends and family. I have also struggled for many years with manic depression, anxiety and substance abuse so that part of “Days Like These” is true.
What inspires you to write?
I guess I have always been imaginative and writing is a great outlet for that plus, I enjoy entertaining others.
Tell us about your writing process.
My process is not what I encourage of others – it is very hit and miss and I can spend weeks without writing at all (just not feeling at all creative) and then for weeks I will write several pages every day (and edit and make corrections … and at times start the project all over again). I used to believe that I was more creative, and a better writer, when I was drunk but that was not true so now I only write (well, I believe) when I am sober.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I am very close to the characters I create (many are actually from my own life).
What advice would you give other writers?
It is difficult sometimes when others do not appreciate your work as much as you would like but to be a writer, I believe you need to just create and understand that not everyone will objectively enjoy your work. Just hope that most will.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I used a publisher (Wave Cloud) at the beginning and they were very helpful for this first-time novelist but I have since completed a lot of the process myself as self-publishing has become much more mainstream and simplified.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I would imagine that more and more will self-publish although I am sure the Big 5 publishing houses will still publish a significant amount of quality and popular fiction.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Drama, romance and dark humor.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print