Hello, hello my wonderful readers! It’s officially MAY and I have high hopes for this month 🙂  When it starts out with an interview with USA Today bestselling author Catherine Banks, I think that’s a pretty good sign!

LOGO62ELLE: Who’s your favorite Fantasy/PNR/Dystopian, etc. heroine? Why do you love her so much?

CATHERINE: Kate Daniels. She’s and fierce bad ass, but she does have a softer side and is extremely loyal.

ELLE: What does your typical writing day/schedule look like?

C: During the week I have a full-time day job. I write during my breaks and lunch and then when I get home I write more. On Saturday I do chores, then write. On Sunday we do something together as a family, then I write more.

ELLE: If you could have ONE magical power… what would you choose, and why?

C: Flying, so I could avoid traffic!

ELLE: What is your strangest habit? (Doesn’t have to be writing related)


(she must not have any lol)

ELLE: How many words-per-book (and words-per-day) do you aim to write? How long does it usually take you to complete a novel of that length?

C: I like my books to be at least 60,000 words, unless I’m writing a novella, which I try to write at 30,000 words. My goal is to write 2,000 words a day. It usually takes me a month or a little over a month to write a complete novel.

ELLE: What’s your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?

C: The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings. They did such a great job, yes they missed some stuff, but I feel it is the most true to the book of any book-to-movie yet.

ELLE: What’s the most effective marketing strategy you’ve tried? And how did you go about implementing it?

C: Having a newsletter and setting up newsletter swaps. I joined newsletter swap groups on facebook and also messaged fellow authors about newsletter swaps. I can’t for certain say my sales come from them, but I know I gain additional readers from them, people who otherwise may not have seen my books.

ELLE: You may choose 3 fictional characters to be on your team in the zombie apocalypse…
Who are they?

C: From my books: Marin (Little Death Bringer Series), Faxon (Pirate Princess Series), and Tora (Dragon Kissed Trilogy).
From popular fiction: Deadpool, Wolverine, and Dean Winchester. Okay, that last one may be purely selfish reasons.

ELLE: What’s the best writing tip you’ve received, or would give to a fellow author?

C: If you’re stuck in a place in your book, think of the most unlikely thing to happen to your characters and write it.

ELLE: In my series, The Essential Elements, the characters have the ability to control 1 of the 4 Classical Elements (Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind).
If you could control ONE… which would you choose, and why?

C: I’ve always wanted to control fire, but I think I would control wind. If I controlled wind, I could fly wherever I wanted.

Catherine Banks.Royally Exposed.eBook (1)ELLE: Please tell us a bit about your latest release!

C: My latest release is ROYALLY EXPOSED, which is an adult reverse harem fantasy. This is the second book in the Her Royal Harem Series, which features Jolie, a video-gamer who ends up stumbling into the paths of four princes who change her life dramatically.

One shady deal could kill them all.

A mysterious illness plagues shapeshifters at the Summit, and if Jolie can’t find out what’s causing it, she may lose her best friend and one of her former lovers.

But when a note appears demanding Jolie in exchange for the antidote, Jolie must choose between her friends…and herself.

YAY! thank you so much, Catherine!

For more on Catherine, check out her Website.

You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.


Until next month! xoxo

— Elle ♥

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