Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer Splash Book Blog Tour: Meet Catherine Banks!

Catherine Banks is the author of the Artemis Lupine Series, Little Death Bringer Series, Ciara Steele Novella Series, and the novels Daughter of Lions and Pirate Princess. She began writing fiction stories when she was only four years old and finished her first full length novel at the age of fifteen.
Catherine is a Northern California native and has lived within a twenty mile radius her entire life. She plans to travel to as many places as possible in her thirties to make up for her lack of traveling experience. She is married to her soulmate and best friend, Avery, who blessed her with two amazing children. After her full time job she reads books, plays video games, and watches a lot of anime shows and movies with her family to relax.

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This book has a Reader's Review!
1. What is your most recent book?

Pirate Princess, released November 2015.

2. Why do you think people would want to read it? What is its most compelling quality?

It’s full of action, adventure, pirates, and magic! It’s most compelling quality is that it’s nonstop action.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

Faxon (Pirate Princess) because he comes off as standoffish, but he’s really loyal and you learn to love him.

4. What is the hardest thing you have to do when you create a character and what’s the easiest?

Hardest is figuring out their physical experience and easiest is making or finding a name.

5. How do you deal with writer's block?

I either switch to another novel or read for a break.

6. What is the one book that changed the way you write?

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien changed the way I read and ultimately the way I write. It was my introduction to fantasy and I’ve been obsessed with the fantasy genre ever since.

7. What is the nerdiest thing you've ever done?

Nerdiest thing that I’ve ever done is ask my coworker to take me to a bookstore on lunch to buy the new release of my favorite author duo, Ilona Andrews.

8. What is one item on your Bucket List that you haven't completed yet?

Seeing fireflies in person. I’ve lived in Northern California my entire life and haven’t traveled much so I have yet to see them.

9. If you could spend one week anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Japan for sure! It’s my dream to visit there and my ultimate dream to visit there during cherry blossom season.

10. What is your most prized possession?

Either my PS4, which I use a lot, my signed copy of an Ilona Andrews book, or my signed copy of Cary Elwes’ As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.

11. What is the best piece of advice you have been given in regards to your writing?

Write what you love, what you nerd out on, and not what you think will sell well or will be liked the most.

12. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to write but doesn't know where to start?
Just write. Write about your day or about how you wish it had gone. It doesn’t matter what you write as long as you do it. 

Did you enjoy this interview? Do you have a question for Catherine? Comment here and I'll pass it on, and notify you of her answer! Meanwhile, stay tuned for my interview, soon to be posted on Kristan's Desk!