Friday, March 26, 2010

Author Skyy Banks

Before Soul on Fire, Banks shared her works with the world through free-lance writings.  She is a native of Arkansas who now calls Atlanta, GA her home.  Banks enjoys reading, writing, and traveling. Banks uses her writing as a platform to encourage her readers to explore taboo subjects and engage in dialogue to find solutions.  She is a self-motivated woman and knows the world is waiting for her greatness.  “The only limits are the ones I place upon myself; I don’t have any.”  

What genre do you consider yourself?

Adult fiction, mainstream, chick lit.

Give us a synopsis of your most recent book in 3 paragraphs or less.

Dana Taylor is 29, a beautiful, well- educated, rising star in corporate Atlanta.  Dana lives life on her own terms, no matter the cost. She can have any man she wants, and often finds herself in the throes of one unhealthy relationship after another. Not until she has retreated into the emotional shelter of various “unavailable” men, ruined a marriage, and jeopardized a friendship does she look inward to find the source of her self-destructive behavior. To reclaim herself and find redemption, she must unlock the demons of her past and confront those that stole her innocence. Soul on Fire chronicles one woman’s journey for inner peace and happiness; neither of which comes without a price.

Titles of all of your books

Soul on Fire

       What made you decide to become an author?
Words are powerful written or spoken. Writing has given me the ability to educate, inform, and empower others.

What do you enjoy most about being an author?
Being able to tell a story that provokes thought and change.

If you could meet one author, who would it be?

Pearl Cleage

How are you giving back to the literary community?

I give back through volunteerism, reading to elementary students, as well as donating a portion of all book sales to organizations whose mission is the development and empowerment of our youth, especially girls.

Give one tip you would give new authors?

Do what you love and the money will come. (Patience and perseverance)

What is the biggest lesson you've learned since becoming an author?

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that it’s not enough to have a good body of work. Getting the work to people and finding those that are receptive to reading your work as a new author is a challenge.

What is the one thing that irks you about the literary industry?
The one thing that truly irks me is being lumped into the “urban” fiction genre because one is African American and can relate to things that are prevalent or known to the African American community.

Who, What, When and Where is your next event?
2010 Emerging Authors Showcase, March 20th, Fayetteville, GA
National Black Book Festival, May 21st -23rd, Houston, TX
Healthy Woman Anniversary (Motivational Speaker). August 26th, Isle of Capris, Lula, MS

Suggest a preferred literary service.
Marketing (Ella Curry)

Where can readers find your work?
Nubian Bookstore, Southlake Mall, Morrow, GA
The Dock Book Shop, Fort Worth, TX
Other online book retailers

Contact info:
Facebook, MySpace, twitter/SkyyBanks

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