Thank you for joining me on the blog today 🙂 Please help me welcome author Catherine Banks 🙂 She’s agreed to take a spot in the hot seat and let me interview her. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know a little more about her and also her latest release PIRATE PRINCESS!
Don’t forget to enter her giveaway as well 🙂
Let’s get started…
Tell us about yourself in a tweet. That’s right, you get 140 characters 🙂
I’m a Wife, Mother, Gamer, Bibliophile, Nerd, Author, Fantasy lover, and proud of it all no matter how “uncool” that makes me to some.
Love it! What’s your favorite room in the house you live in?
My living room! It has a super comfortable couch, the corner is my spot, with a huge TV that I play games and watch movies on, and the room is big enough my kids can play around or sit with me.
Tell us the last sweet treat you indulged?
A Milky Way. I love caramel.
That sounds pretty good about now lol What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
The first draft! When I write I am what is called a “pantser”, meaning I write without pre-planning. So writing the story the first time through is me finding out what happens.
I love choosing character names. Tell us how you came up with your character’s names in PIRATE PRINCESS.
My friend Jess and I tossed names back and forth (via FB Messenger) until we had Tilia, Jax, and Finn picked out. We actually completely made up Tilia and Jax by starting with one name and adding letters or taking them away. It’s a fun game we like to play occasionally to entertain ourselves. We liked Finley for Finn, but decided I would mainly call him Finn at the end.
I love those names 🙂 What makes your book stand out from others in the same genre?
Pirate Princess is not just another teen fantasy romance. It combines pirates, magic, and adventure, which I haven’t seen in a while and is a long, fun read.
What’s something about yourself that not many people know?
I’m a pretty open book, but not many people know that my true favorite color is hot pink. The one I love second, that most people think is my favorite color, is purple.
What’s the one scene from PIRATE PRINCESS that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to write?
There were so many fun scenes, but my favorite would have to be when Finn takes Tilia to an island off the Markleville coast.
Describe your writing space.
It varies a lot, but most of this was written on my laptop while I sat on my couch in my living room with my children watching cartoons next to me.
I love writing in my living room too 🙂 When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I’ve been telling stories since I was 4 and the term “author” didn’t really come up until I published my first novel. I just always wanted to write down my stories and I shared them with friends who enjoyed reading them so I continued doing that, but now it’s with people I don’t know.
Why should we read PIRATE PRINCESS?
It’s a fun book with a lot of action that keeps you intrigued. It’s also pretty long, which I did because so many readers complain about books not being long enough. Instead of breaking the book up into two or three novels, I kept this story as one whole unit to give fans the most bang for their buck.
Please share the first sentence in your book.
I stood on the main deck outside of the Captain’s quarters waiting for him come out.
What’s something about your heroine that you admire?
My heroine doesn’t give up. Even when things are terrible, she allows herself time to wallow and then gets back into her normal life.
Now your hero?
My hero is unflinchingly loyal, which isn’t heard of in real life much these days.
Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?
I’m working on Book Three of the Little Death Bringer Series currently, but starting November 1st for NaNoWriMo 2015 I will be working on the sequel to Pirate Princess.
RANDOM FUN: FINISH THIS SENTENCE…
When I was growing up I wished I could teleport to my friends’ houses.
My best accomplishment of 2015 is publishing my tenth book.
The book I’m reading now is The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.
If I could go anywhere in the world I’d go to Tokyo, Japan for the cherry blossom festival.
I wish I had the guts to try surfboarding.
Chocolate should be calorie free.
Will this lesson be learned in time or will the betrayal of those around her be her undoing?
“You aren’t going to force me into an arranged marriage, are you?” I asked them.
Esmeralda looked like I had smacked her. “Of course not!”
“We haven’t done arranged marriages in a century,” Jared said.
I exhaled. “Well, my dad wasn’t sure and told me to be prepared just in case.”
“Does your dad do arranged marriages?” Esmeralda asked.
I shook my head. “No.”
“Well you don’t have to worry about that,” Jared said, “We aren’t going to force you to do anything.”
“Except not be a pirate,” I fake pouted.
Esmeralda laughed. “Except that.”
“Well, I guess I’m okay with that. Most pirates don’t have very long careers anyways,” I said.
“Speaking of marriage,” Esmeralda said, moving her horse closer to mine. “Technically we are supposed to have a ball for your seventeenth birthday so that all of the available men can come so you can start looking for a suitor.”
“WHAT?” I asked in an almost scream.
“You don’t want a boyfriend?” Faxon asked.
I blushed and said, “I just didn’t know it was a formal thing and, uh, hadn’t really thought about it yet.” That was a lie. I thought about boys like every teenage girl did, but my options were slim at the Capitol.
“Well, it’s a tradition and I thought I would let you know now that we’ll be having it while we are in Markleville,” Esmeralda said.
“I don’t have a dress,” I said, hoping that would cancel the plans until we returned home, “I didn’t bring one.”
“That’s fine. I will have one made for you,” Jared offered.
How generous. Ugh. “But if I find a guy I like in Markleville, I won’t even be able to see him when we return to the Capitol,” I said.
“That is where the true romance is supposed to begin,” Esmeralda said with a smile. “They have to try to keep you interested with letters and poems and gifts.”
“It’s very tedious,” Jared said.
“Only because you had to find others to write poems for you,” Faxon said.
“I knew you didn’t write that poem!” Esmeralda said with a triumphant shout.
“I’m going to skin you, Faxon,” Jared growled.
“It’s time she learned the truth,” Faxon said.
“I already knew,” Esmeralda said, “I just never had confirmation.”
“How did you know?” Jared asked.
“You haven’t written me a poem once since then. Every other guy who wrote me a poem continued to write them, not just one,” she said honestly.
“Who else wrote you poems?” Jared asked with crossed arms jealously.
“Yes, I’m really looking forward to this,” I muttered.
“Not every man is like him,” Faxon said defensively.
“I can’t believe you helped him,” Esmeralda said.
“I’m a good friend,” he said with a shrug, “it’s a curse.”