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Please Welcome, Maya Banks

Please welcome my guest today –  Maya Banks

Maya, Thanks for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

Thank you 🙂

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

Not much to tell. I’m frightfully boring.  I live in Texas with my husband and three kids.  We’re a close knit family and do pretty much everything together.  Our favorites are hunting and fishing and hubby and I like to sneak away for poker weekends when we can.  I like to harass Amy in my free time.  Pity I don’t have more of it.

How long have you been writing?

Pretty much forever but I wasn’t “serious” about it until 2002 when I challenged Amy to get off her arse and get published with me.  Of course she had to show me up and get there first.

What is your writing process like?

I absolutely don’t have a process. Wish I did.  I’m terribly unpredictable and manic.

ttpm-maya1Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release The Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress?

I had so much fun with this book.  Writing for Harlequin/Silhouette has always been a dream of mine.  The Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress is the first book in the Anetakis Tycoons Trilogy about the Anetakis brothers, Chrysander, Theron and Piers.  Chrysander is the oldest and the opening of the book features the parting of ways between him and his current mistress Marley Jameson, but then she’s kidnapped and Chrysander knows nothing of it until a few months later when he discovers she’s pregnant and can’t remember her past.  Now despite the fact that he thinks she betrayed him, he is determined to take care of her and their child.  Knowing that the entire house of cards will tumble down the minute she regains her memory.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

I don’t have a set answer for this.  Dreams are common.  Sometimes just a snippet of a thought will take hold and build in my mind over time.  Sometimes I get fixated on one scene and build an entire story around it.

Other than contemporaries, do you write in any other romance sub-genre? If not would you like to and if so what sub-genres?

I write mainly contemporaries, which if you knew how terrified I was of writing contemporaries a few years ago when I was only writing historical, is pretty hilarious.  I’ve written a couple of paranormals but my main focus is contemporaries, for now.  I might delve back into historicals, but I’m still mulling over that prospect.

Do your characters talk to you?

(If so who talks more your heroes or heroines?)

They’re pretty equal opportunity.  It really depends on who the story belongs more to, the hero or the heroine.  Sometimes it’s an equal split but others one character takes more of the story.  Like Into the Mist, I felt, was Tyana’s story more than it was Eli’s.  Into the Lair was definitely Katie’s story more than Ian and Braden.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

Oh boy if you only knew, as I sit here and watch my poor overworked postman pile boxes of my book orders on my front doorstep.  Really!  Reading is like breathing.  Given a choice, I’d read over writing, if I could only choose one, but thankfully I can do both.

What books are on your keep shelf?

Anything by Sharon Sala, Elizabeth Lowell, Julie Garwood, Hannah Howell or Catherine Coulter.  I’ve more recently discovered Susan Mallery and Allison Leigh

Do you read books other than romance books?

I will in a pinch, but I definitely prefer my romances.

What was the first romance book you read?

I honestly can’t say because I started reading them at a very early age.  Probably the earliest one I remember is Wild  Hearts by Virginia Henley, and I’ll qualify that by saying first single title because I’d been devouring Harlequin, Silhouettes and Loveswepts for a long time before that.

If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

Probably one of my historicals and on characters I have no idea because I’m pretty ignorant of pop culture and don’t keep up with actors

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

I honestly wouldn’t lol.  I like my dull, boring existence and I tend to put my characters through the ringer.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on Amber Eyes, the sequel to Golden Eyes and also the third Anetakis book for Silhouette, Piers’ story.  Next up is Nathan Tucker’s story for Berkley HEAT, Sweet Seduction.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

Hanging out with my husband.  He keeps me insane.  Spending time with my kids. Hunting, fishing, planning trips.

If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?

 

What makes a keeper book for you?  For me, it’s one I’ll read again.  If I finish it knowing that I’ll pick it up to read again and again, it’s a keeper.

***Leave a comment for a copy of The Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress***

 

 

 

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22 Responses

  1. Hi Maya and Greta:

    Great interview! Please don’t enter me in the contest, I already have Maya’s book. 🙂

    Just wanted to say I’m so looking forward to reading it and congratulations!!!

    Best Regards

  2. Hi Maya and Greta. Great interview!!!! And sounds like a great book. I can’t wait to read it.

    As for what makes a book a keeper. It’s a variety of things. If it’s an author I auto-buy and have all the authors titles I might keep the book so my collection is complete as with Jude Deveraux’s CASA GRANDE I’ll never read it again, but without it my collection wouldn’t be complete. And then like you if I can see myself reading it again I’ll keep it. I’m getting better about getting rid of books though. It’s hard, it’s like letting a child go.LOL

    hugs,
    WendyK

  3. Great interview. What makes a keeper book for me is when I close a book and have that “sigh” moment and I want to read the book again and again.

  4. Great interview as always. As for your question I have the same feeling. If I know I want to read it again then its a keeper. Some I keep because of the author because I just want to own all of them.

    Now a question…did hubby get you into fishing because it was his hobby and he wanted you to play too? Mine is that way; fishing and motorcycles. He wanted me to do it with him so I do.

  5. […] or not? Jump to Comments I was visiting my friend Greta’s blog today and she has Maya Banks as a guest. Well Maya wanted to know what makes a book a keeper? […]

  6. Keepers for me is my autographed books and my favorite books by favorite authors and their series!

  7. Hi Maya and Greta!!!

    Congratulations on the new release Maya!

    I have lots of keepers……mostly books I love, can’t live without and read repeatedly!! They are comfort books, books I go to when I just want to sit and read!!

  8. Hi Maya, hi Greta!

    I have a tons of keepers. They’re books I just have to re-read over and over again. If I didn’t keep them I’d go crazy trying to remember the details of the stories to bring back those poignant emotions I so loved them for.

  9. Hey Maya!!

    Thank God you can read and still have time to write… I’d hate not to be able to read your stories. I still think it’s so awesome that your first Desire is releasing!! I’ve already ordered five copies and will order more for gifts later, lol.

    Greta, great interview 🙂 Please don’t enter me in contest 🙂

  10. Hi Maya and Greta and Happy Holidays!

    Great interview. Maya, I love your books, they are all keepers. I have a lot of keeper books (around 800, I think). A book is a keeper for me if I can finish it within 48 hours. That means I loved the story and style of writing and couldn’t put it down, even when I’m suppose to do something else. It also means I’ve just added another author to my favourite list. 🙂

  11. Brandy, no actually I got hubby into fishing 🙂 When we met he was a die hard hunter. I was a die hard fisherman. I’d hunted before but not like he did. So he went fishing with me and I went hunting with him and now we pretty much do both all the time. I also got him into playing poker. I’ve played my entire life so I taught him the game and now he’s an addict. So you see, Im the bad influence of the pair. My hubby likes to say he was innocent before he met me lololol

  12. Hi Maya and greta.

    Great interview!

    As for keepers — well, I keep most of my books that are by my fave authors. I don’t know why, but I like having them all where I can reread as I wish. New to me authors books are keepers if they hold my interest until the end and I know its a story I’ll want to read again and again.

    Poor DH doesn’t like my keepers. He keeps having to find new storage!

  13. Great interview Maya with all kinds of interesting info.

    I’m with you on only keeping books that I will read again. I have my own rating system and track my books on excel. With a lifetime of reading about a book a day, I can only keep the best of the ones I read. So far all of your books are definite keepers.

    sandie

  14. Great interview! A “keeper” is one I know I will read numerous times. Umm, I have about 400 now. I just gave the enire Cathrine Coulter series( hist and contemp) to a friend to make room for more books. She was the first series I ever collected, but I have so many new ones! However I couldn’t let go of my Garwoods, LOL.

  15. What makes a book a keeper for me is that I get lost in the book while I am reading it and the fact that more than likely I will reread the book. 🙂

  16. A keeper for me is a book I immediately want to read again as soon as I read the last page.

  17. A keeper book for me is a book I just couldn’t put down… unless I really really had to hehe…

    one that I’ll want to read again… and tell all my friends about it 🙂

  18. Wonderful interview. I just loving the little things about authors that make them human. 🙂 A book is a keeper for me if I really enjoyed it or if it is autographed to me. I do let people borrow them, especially if it rocked but they know they better bring it back.

  19. Certain authors are auto-keepers. As are books in series that I’m reading. Other than that, like you, wanting to reread it someday determines keeper status.

  20. Great interview! Maya your mail man and UPS guy both deserve a prize . A keeper for me is something I know I will read again and sometimes I’m not sure, so I keep that too. And I have lots of author friend keepers and I do re-read those too. Maybe that’s why my tbr moutain takes forever to work through!

  21. The interview was great. The book sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read it.

  22. Hi Maya and Greta,
    Wonderful interview! A keeper for me is a book that I don’t want to end.

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