About Allistar Banks:
Allistar Banks is a prolific author, having published five books in the last two years. She was born and raised in McCormick, South Carolina. Ms. Banks is a graduate of Lander University in Greenwood, SC and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications in 2013. She has been featured in the Index-Journal, The Press and Banner, McCormick Messenger, Lander University’s magazine, and interviewed on WZLA 92.9FM. She is best known for children’s books that teach new concepts and emotional development. She is now honored to be on a future broadcast with the CBS Sunday Morning Show for her children’s book called A Colorful Balloon Ride, which teaches one to five-year-old’s their colors by using objects of carnival food and nature on Mary and Emily’s hot air balloon ride around the County Fair with Mr. John. Besides writing, she enjoys hiking, reading, Pilates, cooking, going to the mountains, pet sitting, seeing plays, and hearing local bands play.
What inspires you to write?
I became a Writer because I loved telling stories about my family, friends, pets, vacation spots, and dreams I have had. Writing gives me a place where I can express myself and allow my experiences, emotions, and people space and become my story to tell. Writing helped me to heal from my parents’ divorce, the loss of my three pets Beth, Bailey, and Gracie, peer pressure, and bullying. Writing makes me feel at peace, relaxed, and happy. I want to share my story of toxic relationships, friendships, and being told that my passion for writing is not a real passion for helping others know that you’re not alone dealing with toxic love and friends and keeping striving what you’re passionate about. Why I write is because I have stories within me that I want to share with the world to make an impact on people’s lives.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start from an idea and build from that idea.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen and talk to my characters. I like to listen so I am understanding where they are coming from. I talk to my characters to bring out their personalities.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would start by building an audience on social media and look into doing press releases, getting on your local radio station, and have your college magazine to spotlight you. From there you can look into paid advertising.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I currently self-publish but I want to land a publisher to handle the harder aspects of marketing a book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing will be digital. Our generation is instantaneous and people want to have everything at their finger tips. Downloading more books will be a thing of the future.
What genres do you write?: Young adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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