It’s the second to last week in the Summer Splash set of interviews. For week eight, we have Cat Banks! Here’s a bit about her.
Catherine Banks is the author of the Artemis Lupine Series, Little Death Bringer Series, Ciara Steele Novella Series, and the novel Daughter of Lions. 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.
D.R.- Dancing or singing?
C.B.- I’m not good at either, but I would choose singing.
D.R.- Beach or woods?
C.B.- I like both, but for different reasons. I would visit the woods more and would definitely live in the woods and not the ocean.
D.R.- Coffee or tea or something else?
C.B.- Tea or water.
D.R.- What book do you recommend the most?
C.B.- Anything by Ilona Andrews.
D.R.- Where is the one place you think everyone should go?
C.B.- Pismo Beach, California. It’s beautiful.
D.R.- How do you get ideas for stories?
C.B.- There are lots of ways that I get ideas. Sometimes I get an idea from a song lyric, a piece of scenery as I’m driving, or a feeling.
D.R.- Which genres do you write and what’s your favorite one?
C.B.- I write in fantasy, but have been dabbling in steampunk lately. Fantasy is my favorite to write in for sure.
D.R.- What do you do if you see your idea has already been done?
C.B.- Think of a different set of circumstances for my characters or scrap the idea.
D.R.- What’s your best writer’s block buster?
C.B.- Either work on a different story or make your characters go a random direction.
D.R.- What’s the best advice you’ve gotten about writing?
C.B.- If you’re stuck on a book, think of the most unlikely thing to happen to your characters, something that would never happen, and then make it happen to them and make them find a way out of it.