Getting to Know the Author: Wesley Banks

wesley-banks-400x400 HeartWelcome Wesley. Let’s learn a more about you …

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

Hope In Every Raindrop is written as literary fiction, but has a coming of age theme and involves our best friends (dogs!).

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

For my first novel I didn’t. However, I’m currently working on another novel in a similar genre and one in a new genre as kind of a side project.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?

I don’t. I rely on a few trusted beta readers and my editor.

Can you remember your first reading book?

I can’t say for sure, but the first memorable one was Maniac Magee.

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?

The only thing I keep near me—with regards to food—is a bottle of water. I’m a little OCD and don’t like to eat near my computer, so I’ll snack on breaks.

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

I’d like to think it’s very tidy. It’s a custom built standing desk that also has a drafting stool for when I want to sit. The shelf on the bottom houses my laptop and wireless printer. And for a monitor I use a 42” LG TV.

Wow, you won’t miss a thing on that monitor! 🙂

Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

Self-published. I considered going the traditional route, but it just doesn’t seem to have the advantages it used to. Plus, I like to be in control of my platform and distribution.

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?

With regards to writing I’d have to say: Ralph Waldo Emerson, C.S. Lewis, and Nicholas Sparks.

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?

Don’t read what you’ve written until you’re done. Just write.

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?

Samantha Sanders (aka Sam) – Anna Camp
Earl Andrews – Christopher Lloyd
Pearl Andres – Margo Martindale
Dr. Donald “Doc” Anderson – Jeff Bridges
Katie Price – Rachel Bilson
Kyle Walker – Bryan Greenberg

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?

Unfortunately not. But…I did see a chipmunk the other day and thought that was pretty neat!

Love Chipmonks, so yes!

Where to find Wesley:

The Book:


About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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2 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Wesley Banks

  1. Really interesting interview! Thanks, both! It’s interesting how a story can end up falling into more than one category (e.g. literary fiction and coming-of-age). Wishing you success!

  2. Thanks for introducing us to Wesley!

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