Today we speak to Tony Welch
Q) Tell us something about yourself.
I could eat over-easy eggs and toast every day.
Q) Tell us about your latest book. Why do you think the readers will like it?
I would hope that people will simply enjoy it as an everyday story and, as I am a manic-depressive myself, the truthfulness and frankness of coping with this horrible affliction.
Q) How did you come up with the title of the book?
Each chapter is a day in the life of the main character covering a five-month timeframe.
Q) What kind of research did you do for your book?
None really since I have lived much of it, or witnessed my friends situations that I used as part of the story. The rest just came from my own imagination.
Q) Which of the Characters in your book are your favourites and why?
I guess the main character, Frank Cahill, as I feel like and wrote as though he is my alter ego or me in a parallel-type universe.
Q) How did you formulate this character? Is it based on someone you know?
It is formulated on me and my life – some of it, anyways – and some of the adventures my friends have experienced. The remainder is purely fictionalized – I worked on the novel for many years and it went through many transformations yet the core of it remained intact. I wanted a real story about a young man with severe mental health and substance abuse issues.
Q) Every Author has a distinct writing style. How would you describe your style and how do you think you came to form it?
One of my friend’s wives read the book and replied that she liked it because the entire narrative seemed just like how people speak and think. And that is what I wanted to convey. I am pleased when people can easily relate the book to everyday life.
Q) How long have you been working on this book and what inspired you to write it?
Oh boy. It was in the works for nearly twenty years. It began as a movie script and then a television script and finally, in a literary format. I would get 50 pages or so into it and lose interest or get to ahead of myself and start over until the past year when I finally was able to get it to 200 pages of pure novel.
Q) When did you start writing and when did you realize you want to become an Author?
I wrote short stories and fake baseball and football scorecards and line-ups and games as a kid and, in my early 20s, I decided to try and write something that could become professionally published or used for a screenplay. And so, I have been working on projects on and off ever since.
Q) Who are some of the Authors you like and how do you think their work inspired you?
It may sound clichéd but the book that probably influenced me the most is JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. It really spoke to me when I first read it as a teenager and the rebellious Holden probably still affects me to this day. My all-time favorite novels are The Great Gatsby and The Jungle. I find them fascinating and so well-written and descriptive – and I find it amazing that Fitzgerald died penniless and his books did not become the classics they are until well after he passed. I also really admire Upton Sinclair for this seminal work on The Jungle and the fact that he singlehandedly proved a major role in the American labor movement and the creation of the FDA.
Q) What do you think is the most difficult part about writing and publishing a novel?
For me, it is setting aside the time to write daily. And I do not read enough literature. I would not call it laziness but, for me, my imagination and writing spurts come and go – I could go weeks of not writing and then a week or more of writing hundreds of pages a day. My depression has an impact on it as well, I believe.
Q) What is some advice you will like to give to people trying to write and get their stories published?
Just write and let people read your work. It is a gift, just as playing a musical instrument is or singing well or drawing well and not everyone has that gift. I surely have no artistic abilities aside from writing, if my writing is even considered a gift. And you need to take criticism in stride, as you do with the compliments. Take the bad with the good and do not have too high of expectations until you experience some success.
Q) Tell us something about what you are working on or about some of your future projects.
I am two chapters into my second novel and am very excited about it. It is, roughly-speaking, the story of a career minor-league pitcher who retires and comes home to his South Dakota hometown to teach and coach at the local community college. He is half-Native American, as am I, and that (a town with a large reservation and casino and the natural complications that can exist between those of differing races and cultures) plays a significant role.
Q) From amongst all the novels ever published if you had to write any one, which one would it be and why?
I cannot specify one but I know I would have loved to live amongst and be-friend the ex-patriate writers and poets of the 1920s in Paris and NYC. Just being around that level of creativity and intellect would have been something.
Q) If you had to convince someone to read your book in 5 lines what would they be?
It is the story of a manic-depressive, would-be novelist written by a manic-depressive, would-be novelist. And he struggles and tries to overcome this but has a great amount of difficulty doing so, especially considering the life-changing events that occur during the five months that the story takes place in. An old friend called it “dark and haunting” and while it is not a horror flick story, I want to emphasize the impact mental health issues can cause and I hope I did that well and as entertaining as possible.
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