Inside the Book:
Title: Amelia's Prayer
Author: Christiane Banks
Genre: Religious Fiction
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The Interview:How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
My upbringing influenced my writing because of the people I met and talked to and spent time with over the years and of course my own personal experiences. I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the most interesting people - young and old; wise and not so wise. Everyone has a story. The human touch. The simplicity, truths and writing about what I know and understand came from growing up with that amazing diverse background has been one of my greatest influences.
When and why did you begin writing?
I can only tell you that over the years I’ve always felt the need to write short stories and I also have the gift of storytelling. It seemed as it was one of my passions and I came to the stage of my life when I had raised my children and had more energy to dedicate to the things that I wanted to accomplish like writing a novel. it was inside me, waiting to come out. It took several years to produce Amelia’s Prayer and now it is here and published for good. That gives me a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment in achieving that goal. It’s probably one of the greatest rewards and my main reason- no regrets.
What do you consider the hardest thing about writing?
The execution of the book. I have the ideas for the story but I am a dyslexic, transferring the ideas from my mind and imagination onto paper was very difficult. I made notes recorded those notes and the story on to a cassette, gave the cassette to a friend of mine who typed every word. I read it back several times and eventually turned it into a manuscript after many attempts. Amelia’s Prayer has 17 manuscripts!
Do you intend to make writing in career?
I would certainly like to consider it as a part-time career and I am currently launching Amelia’s Prayer very seriously with the intention of walking it out into the marketplace with passion and determination. Along with the help of my husband, one book at a time!
Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes, I like to think I do. I write as I speak. When I am storytelling I try to keep it simple and honest in order for my readers to identify with both the story and the characters within the book.