Interview with Felicity Banks

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Definitely the ability to have God-like powers. Wearing pyjamas to work is just the icing on the cake.
What are you working on next?
In 2015 I'm going against my usual manic writing style (I once wrote a 50,000-word first draft in three days) and forcing myself to write slowly. At the moment, that book is called "The Floating City". I'm not even outlining it yet, just researching and thinking.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh wow! There are so many brilliant authors. Gail Carriger, Phil and Kaja Foglio (that is, Girl Genius graphic novels), Brandon Sanderson, C. S. Lewis, Scott Westerfeld, Garth Nix, Pamela Freeman, Sandy Fussell. . .
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My three-year old daughter saying, "It's time to wake up now Mum!" after crawling in beside me (usually) for a bit. It's not always inspiring, but it's always true. . . because she's not going to let me go back to sleep at that point.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Kids! My daughter Louisette is three and my son TJ is a baby. They get a lot of blog entries, too - especially pictures, since I took at least one photo a day for the first year for each of them.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I'm looking for a specific book that I heard about somewhere else. Then if I like it, I'll look for more by that person. I read almost everything on a black and white kindle, which I adore, but it means I rarely notice covers at all these days - which is an interesting experience.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember my first attempt at a novel vividly. It was a book about a family of cats, with the triumphant ending of MORE KITTENS. I was about seven years old at the time, and spent a very excited afternoon at my grandmother's house deciding on chapter headings. I'm in my thirties now, but I still find myself adding cats to a surprising number of my books.
What is your writing process?
Usually it's very intense and very fast for a first draft. I'll find it hard to focus on anything else, and I become very boring and inattentive towards the rest of the world. I will often take a laptop to social events and hold conversations while typing - literally typing and talking at the same time.

I'll usually do a rough second draft pretty fast, partly because I have so little idea of what I've written (my outline will usually be about twenty dot-points, sometimes with as little as 24 hours from having an idea to starting the book), and partly to cut down on the addiction slowly rather than trying to go cold turkey. Then I'll take at least a month off between drafts. Each book has at least half a dozen drafts, probably a dozen on average. One of my books has had about forty drafts - and now it's pretty good.
What do you read for pleasure?
Young adult fantasy, with few exceptions. I like a fast pace and characters in a state of change. Nothing too dark.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was November, and I had a sentimental urge to write a NaNoWriMo novel (as I'd done before), but there was nothing particular I wanted to write about. Then I had a dream about people who saw the world very differently, and who had a sanctuary under the ground. Two days later, I was on my way.
Published 2015-01-10.
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Books by This Author

Cry, Wolf
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A dark fantasy/horror tale about a different kind of werewolf.
Cinders
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
CINDERS is a familiar story told by a different character, with an ending that may or may not be the same as you remember.