Friday, November 29, 2013

Guest Post: Author Catherine Banks

Reading and writing has always been a passion of mine. People told me it was “weird” to read so much or to write my own stories. Personally I think it is weird when I talk to people who are my age (late twenties) who haven’t read anything aside from the required reading from school. Reading transports you to a new place and to new people. It gives you the ability to experience a wide range of emotions and lets you connect with characters in ways that you might not be able to connect with from real people. I enjoy being teleported to a vast countryside where people have to travel days to reach destinations while fighting trolls and avoiding being cooked.  I also enjoy being teleported to a place where magic is everywhere and it’s weird to be “normal” or without magic. Writing gives me these same things except I get to decide what the story is about and what happens. I get to create a new world where werewolves exist alongside humans or where a human girl is raised by elves. I become one of the characters and I experience every emotion right along with them as I write down their story. Sometimes their story writes itself and if I had a plan for them, it is thrown out the window as I write a scene that grips my heart and frightens my character and myself as we experience it. Sometimes that scene changes the entire plan and I allow the character to write the story herself.
I self-published my books so that others could enjoy the stories I created and to be transported to a place not quite like ours. Some don’t like my stories and that’s okay, not everyone likes the same things, but others love my stories and enjoy reading about my characters’ journeys. That is why I self-published. I don’t need to be a famous bestseller. I don’t need my book made into a movie. I want to hear others say how much they loved a specific character and how they felt their pain in certain scenes and the love in others. Hearing the joy my books brings others makes me feel good inside.
Facts about me:
Favorite movie: Princess Bride (great book too)
Favorite ice cream: mint chocolate chip
Favorite place to read: outside
Married or single: married since 2007, but together since 2002
Children: Two: Erica born 2007 and Calvin born 2012
Tattoos: 4 and more to come!
Top 5 favorite adult series:
Top 5 favorite young adult series:
About the Author:
I'm just your average nerdy bibliophile. I love books, video games, music and movies. In 2010 I self-published my first novel and now I have several titles under construction. I love fantasy and have an extreme love for werewolves. I spend my days off work writing one of my novels or with my husband, daughter, 3 dogs, horse and cat. I love writing stories and they seem to flow out of me constantly. I just want people to read my stories and enjoy them.
Contact me! I love talking with my fans!

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