Author Spotlight: Ken Baker

blogbanner

 

Ken Baker is the E! News/E! Online Senior Coorespondent and Breaking New Editor, an acclaimed author, producer, public speaker, and former pro-hockey player.

Ken reports breaking news, conducts celebrity interviews, delivers investigative reports and hosts a range of news segments for E! News, E! Online, E! International, E! News specials, and the network’s live events.

Baker has published six books.  His newest work is a novel due out in April 2014 titled “How I got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love,” a story about an obese teen who is pressured by her family to go on a reality show to lose weight and, in so doing, learns the real meaning of freedom.

His debut novel, “Fangirl” (Running Press, 2012), told the story of a pop star who falls in love with a fan amid a sensational tabloid drama.  Ken is adapting “Fangirl” into a movie in collaboration with Converge Media.

Ken is currently at work on a series of Hollywood-themed thrillers set for release in 2015.

Be sure to check out my review of Baker’s newest novel, How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love.

As part of the blog tour, I had the opportunity to send Ken Baker a few questions concerning his newest novel!  Not going to lie, it was a bit intimidating considering how successful Baker is as a journalist/tv personality.

Here is the interview!

1. As a former sufferer of an eating disorder, it was both liberating and extremely hard to read about the struggles that Emery had with her weight. What inspired you to write about such a controversial topic?

I’m sorry to hear of your struggle. But you are definitely not alone. My guess is that the percentage of people who suffer from eating disorders is much higher than scientifically reported – especially amongst teenage girls and young women. There is just so much damn pressure to have the perfect “bikini body” or to look like that model in the magazine or your favorite celebrity. It really takes a toll on a person’s body, mind and spirit. It’s damaging.

The reason I chose this topic to explore in my novel is because an issue that impacts so many of us is one worth examining in a deeper way that only a novel truly can. It’s an issue that is one people’s minds, that they can relate to, and I want to write stories that connect and ring true for the audience.

2. Did you look to any non-fictional reality shows when you were constructing this story? If so, which ones and why?

The show in the book is called “Fifty Pounds to Freedom,” and it honestly is a fictional show. But, if there is any reference point to existing reality shows, it would a little bit of The Biggest Loser, mixed with some Keeping up with the Kardashians, with a dash of The Amazing Race and Survivor thrown in as well. In other words, the show is something of a melting pot of the hugely popular reality TV programs out there now. A funny story is that last year I told a friend of mine about the book I was writing. She is a reality TV executive, and when I told her about the outrageous reality challenge show I created in my novel she goes, “Oh, that would be a great show!” I love my friend to death, but I think she might conclude differently after reading about Emery’s experience on it!

3. I love Emery’s sarcastic cadence and innate wittiness. Did you always picture her as headstrong and intelligent over the lazy standard obese teenager stereotype? How did her character blossom from conception to completion? 

Thanks! In part, Emery is based on some young women I have known who have struggled with their weight. I actually interviewed several while I was outlining and researching the novel. I wanted Emery to feel real and, as a journalist, the best way I know how to do this is to interview actual human beings who are similar to the character I am writing. There was one anonymous young woman who was obese during high school, who generously opened up to me in my researching process, and I am forever grateful to her. So, yeah, that is the “secret” behind how a grown man could depict the inner workings of a teenage girl. Research!

4. Since I did struggle with eating issues, I have to ask, do you think that Emery would have continued on a healthy diet with no harmful cheats, or do you think that old habits might die hard?

When the story ends, Emery is in a transformative place in her life. She has gained valuable insights and drawn conclusions about herself and how she wants to live and treat her body moving forward. I don’t know what happens to her, but she probably is just like the rest of us – perfectly imperfect – and faces her daily battle with heart and humanity.

 5. The novel really focuses on self love and focusing on a healthy sense of self.  Can you give readers one tip to help them achieve this?

My novel is far from a self-help book, or a weight-loss manual. It is a fun story written about a serious topic. But I am not Dr. Oz or Dr. Drew. However, my favorite quote from Emery, and there are many zingers in the novel, is this one: “The difference between being ugly and beautiful has zero to do with your appearance.” And I think that is a valuable nugget of take-away wisdom.

 

Connect to Ken!

Twitter: @KenBakerNow

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KenBakerNow

Buy Ken’s Book!

    
WIN Ken’s Book!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much to Ken Baker for stopping by A Midsummer Night’s Read and we hope you will go and pick up a copy of his novel!

Follow
Get every new post delivered to your inbox!
Join our other followers!
Powered By WPFruits.com
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers