What gave you the idea for the story and inspired the characters?
I tend to find myself thinking back about the past a lot and what my life was like at different periods. There are always those romances from a person’s life that just didn’t quite work out, and in retrospect you sometimes wonder why they didn’t. There’s a pretty strong well of emotion to work from as a writer. As for the two main characters in my novel, I think they’re both drawn from different aspects of myself. Peripheral characters are mostly based on people I know.
The book has been in the Amazon Kindle bestseller charts for months and has lots of great reviews - but how did you start out - how have you achieved this level of success as an indie author?
First I became involved in the forums over at Kindleboards.com. That is a fantastic source of information, with a very supportive community of independent writers. They have a Book Bazaar where you can promote your work and a Writer’s Cafe that is full of informative threads. The next thing was that I was lucky enough to have received some very positive reviews on Goodreads. The community over there took me in to some extent and helped promote me, especially the Clean Romance group, to which I owe a lot. The next thing was having book blogs agree to review my book, and hold giveaways to help promote it. The last thing, which is very touchy, is that I took part in some discussions at the beginning on the Amazon forums. People over there really despise self-promotion, though. If you take part in those discussions, you have to be careful about mentioning your book, or risk being brutally flamed. I think a few discussions over there helped me quite a bit, though, in the beginning.
How much personal experience do you put into your novels and how much is research?
A lot of both. I’ll take personal experience from one place and use it in another. For example, the town on the lake in
Connecticut in my novel is actually based on a town I’ve spent time at in British Columbia, . The experiences of the kids in that town, and the characters of the kids themselves, were all based on summers I spent growing up in coastal Canada . For specifics, the Internet is a lifesaver when it comes to research. If I need a restaurant for my characters to go to in California , I just look one up, along with photos, and I can describe it as it is. New York City
Where is your favourite place to work?
I split my writing time between home and coffee houses. Writing is such a solitary pursuit, sometimes I just need to get out of the house and join the world of the living.
To plot or not to plot – how much of a planner are you?
I’m a big planner, but my books rarely turn out quite as planned. One of the most important things I’ve learned as a writer is how important it is to listen to your characters. Sometimes you might have an idea about where a story is supposed to go, but when you get to a certain point, you realize that your characters wouldn’t go there at all. They’d go someplace else entirely. You have to be able to listen to them, and revise your plot as you go, or you run the risk of your story feeling contrived.
Kenneth Rosenberg is a California writer whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Surfer Magazine and other publications. Kenneth attended UCLA where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. When he is not writing, he spends his time surfing, snowboarding and travelling the world on a shoestring.