Our first author feature for the Summer Blog Tour is Cat Banks! She is the author of over ten novels, and she was kind enough to answer all of our questions and tell us a little bit more about her process. Enjoy!
Bio: Catherine Banks is the author of the Artemis Lupine Series, Little Death Bringer Series, Ciara Steele Novella Series, and the novels Daughter of Lions and Pirate Princess. 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.
1) What is your favorite genre to write, and do you write across different genres?
Fantasy is by far my favorite genre to write. YA fantasy has been the main one I’ve been writing in. I plan to branch out and try some science fiction soon as well.
2) What has your publishing experience been like?
I first published Song of the Moon as a paperback book only through Createspace (Amazon). I had very few sales though. I decided to publish it as an ebook as well with Amazon and Smashwords as well. I get 99% of my sales from ebook sales. I have had a pretty decent experience publishing and enjoy having full control of my books. I have started trying to improve my marketing skills, but I’m learning!
3) What is your advice to aspiring authors?
Write! Seriously, you need to write. It doesn’t have to be good. It doesn’t have to ever be seen by the public, but writing is practice and practice is important. Write what you love and what you want, not what you think people want to read or what you think will sell the best.
4) What do you hope readers will take away from your writing?
Enjoyment. I hope readers enjoy my books and possibly use them to escape reality for a bit.
5) What are you currently working on?
I have several projects I’m working on right now, but I will be focusing on Pirate Princess 2 mainly in the last half of the year.