Inside the Book:
Title: Amelia's Prayer
Author: Christiane Banks
Genre: Religious Fiction
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What is your favourite quality about yourself?
I am a very dedicated and committed person to family, friends and loved ones. This comes in very useful when writing a book - one needs commitment, dedication and tenacity.
What is your least favourite quality about yourself?
I like to be in control of everything and everyone. It’s not something I like about myself, I am currently working on improving and understanding the only control I have is of myself.
When did you first know you could be a writer?
It seems to me have always been able to tell stories. But first, knowing that I could be a writer did not come to me until quite late in my lifetime. I was well over 50 and had the good fortune to meet an author by the name of Joyce Holms, well established who wrote a detective series in Scotland.
Although many people have told me, prior to meeting Joyce, that I should write a book. It was Joyce validating that indeed I could write a book. She knew by talking to me - that was my aha moment!
Who or what influenced your writing over the years?
I have over the years been influenced by people I meet, talk to and spend time with. I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the most interesting people; young and old; wise and not so wise. Everyone has their story. The human touch, simplicity, truths writing about what I know and understand and definitely other authors!
How did you come up with the title of the book?
By consensus. I had several ideas. I picked out my favourite and asked friends and family who knew the storyline and we all picked the same one. It seemed to be the right choice.
What is the hardest part of writing your book?
The execution of the manuscript. The story was in place and the outline however I am dyslexic transferring it from my mind onto paper was very difficult. I made notes taped with my voice on to tape, gave it to a friend of mine who typed every word. I would read it back several times and then eventually turn it into a manuscript. Amelia’s Prayer has had 17 versions of the manuscript!