Interview with Erich Appelhans

What's the story behind your latest book?
The Detour is a collection of my poems I have written over the years. I write poetry regularly. I write it to get ideas down, or use it as a game to play around with words. It acts as a way to rev up my brain and get it working. The book was conceived fairly recently. I was trying for the longest time to figure out how to link all of these pieces. Then, it came to me! They could all be a part of some sort of road trip. A crazy road trip! So I began thinking about the chapters and that was where the real work began.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. The first book I remember reading was, A Wocket in My Pocket by Dr, Seuss. It was in Kindergarten. I remember the simple story and the rhyme scheme. I loved how entertaining it was and the impact of the words; so few that they were created so much enjoyment. I realized then words were powerful tools that can be used create different worlds and bring life to the imagination.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Journey to the Center of the Earth because they are stories of wild adventures in strange and very imaginative lands. Another book is Orion by Ben Bova.That one is a story with time travel and mythological concepts that are presented in a way in which it seems very plausible. I love those two concepts and here they are merged together in one story. Fabulous! A fourth book is The Hobbit. I like fantasy and even though i like the whole series of middle earth, this one stands out because it is a simple, self-contained story. Neuromancer is another book I really like. I discovered the cyberpunk genre fairly young, but I didn't really understand it until I was in high school when I read this title. Then, it stuck with me. It is such a fresh and interesting take on the sci-fi scene. Instead of the traditional aliens and monsters in outer space, the adventure is happens inside a computer or on the web.
What is your writing process?
It is organized chaos. I write notes in a notebook sometimes, but now it is mostly on my phone. I write the notes then begin the first draft. I write until I am finished, then port it over to my computer for the second draft and beyond.Once I am satisfied, I print it out and review. Next, I give it to some one to read. If they have any suggestions I implement them and begin the process over. Then, I put it away for about a time, after which I look at it again.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read science-fiction and mythology. Though, lately I have been reading Star Wars and Star Trek books. I have been trying, and failing, to catch up on those series. There are so many books it is difficult to keep up. I have almost finished reading the books comprising the Clone Wars in Star Wars. I have one more i need to get. As for Star Trek, I don't think I even have a prayer. So I pick and choose mainly from the Next Generation Series.
Describe your desk
The reference books are arranged neatly, but the paper is stacked in piles or scattered about. The pens and pencils and erasers are neatly arranged in a pencil drawer. So, organized chaos would probably fit the bill. It definitely looks like some one, me, is hard at work on something.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing when I was in elementary school. I wrote this story by hand in pencil. I had the idea and i was so excited to write it down. i worked on it at my Grandmother's house a few Sundays in a row. I didn't finish it, but I felt great doing it. I had fun. That was when I began to pay more attention to details in books I read and in class about English grammar and such. I wanted to write better and maybe even finish that story. However, I began constructing new stories based on new ideas. Then, it continued from there.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Apple iPad. It resizes text quickly and easily.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Detour is a collection of my poems I have written over the years. I write poetry regularly. I write it to get ideas down, or use it as a game to play around with words. It acts as a way to rev up my brain and get it working. The book was conceived fairly recently. I was trying for the longest time to figure out how to link all of these pieces. Then, it came to me! They could all be a part of some sort of road trip. A crazy road trip! So I began thinking about the chapters and that was where the real work began.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is creating characters and worlds and making them come to life as much as possible on a page. All the while I am thinking, I can't wait to see what this person or that person thinks of this or that. I write to entertain. If people like it, I am happy.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a few projects at the moment. One project is an epic poem. Another is a collection of poetry. The final project is a detective story in the vein of the old dime store novels, but takes place in the modern time. It is a bit of a comical mystery with some thrills thrown in to the mix. These are in various stages of completion. I am working on trying to focus on one of these and get that one published by the end of the year. I am not sure which one though since I haven't given it much thought. I have been trying to get this out.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. The first book I remember reading was, A Wocket in My Pocket by Dr, Seuss. It was in Kindergarten. I remember the simple story and the rhyme scheme. I loved how entertaining it was and the impact of the words; so few that they were created so much enjoyment. I realized then words were powerful tools that can be used create different worlds and bring life to the imagination.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sun and the promise of a new day. A new day to write and continue developing the characters I have and see where they end up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I find going to the movies is a fun "vacation." I get to go out and see a movie, which I love movies. Usually it is with friends. We hang out, enjoy the day, and get caught up on events.
Published 2017-09-17.
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Books by This Author

A Detour Through A Distracted Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,660. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Go for a Sunday drive and take that detour into this distracted Mind where you may find a bit of action and suspense, and even some romance. Perhaps you will find your lost muse or discover the power of words. After you’ve by-passed boredom, and merged onto the freeway of fun, maybe you will converse with Death or go completely insane after that run in the roundabout.
Is Love Ever-lasting?
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,830. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
When a college student meets his dream girl on the internet everything seems great until they meet. Then, he discovers she is hiding a big secret. What happens when he finds out the truth? Will their love be ever-lasting bliss? Find out in this fast-paced thriller.