About Kingsley Adrian Banks:
I have been writing since I was thirteen. Sadly, I burned the first manuscript I wrote at the age of fourteen because a respected literary genius I had contacted did not believe I wrote that book. So, I took the plunge and have continued to write, more than eleven years later.
I published my debut novel titled Behind Closed Doors because I did not see adequate representation of feminine men in African literature, and it was quite shockingly well received by readers.
What inspires you to write?
I love to add my voice to given narratives. I also love to pass lessons to readers and to change lives in whatever little way I can, the same way some authors have succeeded in changing my worldview on certain issues.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I have so many authors I love and respect their work and many more I like but haven't had the chance to fully delve into their fictional worlds. But some do stand out:
Henry Rider Haggard
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Tell us about your writing process.
Oh dear. I am a chronic seat of the pants writer. I just get an idea in my head roughly and then I run with it. That's how I wrote every single book I have to my name, no matter how small the book is or how hefty (I have done around 140,000 words once, so I have been around the block).
I do not outline. I merely regard myself as a "guided god", creating the lives and spinning the stories my characters want me to spin.
Sometimes I do create character sketches. I do this for my main characters, so I know them inside and out and can be able to anticipate or even predict what they would do when presented with different life scenarios.
All these make my writing feel "natural" to me, and my readers love the presentation of my stories, so no complaints.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I merely listen to them; I see them as full blooded humans with words and thoughts and I take the time to listen to those thoughts of theirs. Do I speak to them? Um. . .no.
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing is the loneliest and the most socially isolated and isolating profession on earth. It takes serious guts to call yourself a writer. But then, someone's got to write those fantastic books we all love to read, and if you are one of those with the passion to write those books, then keep writing. Hone your craft. Keep pushing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I could not get a traditional publisher for the debut novel I published. The book is lgbt-themed and set in homophobic Nigeria, see? No one would touch it. I sampled the opinion of a few friends, then decided to hit the Amazon store and other stores online myself. And voila!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The book publishing industry is a large crystal ball that will keep getting bigger and brighter, though more decentralized. The latter part has already occurred.
What genres do you write?: lgbt, Thriller, Women's Fiction, General Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Suspense
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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