About KR Bankston:
KR Bankston is an escalating serial novelist, following in the famous footsteps of her idol, VC Andrews. She hails from Tallahassee, FL and now resides in Jonesboro, GA. Having written various works of fiction including short stories and reflective poetry for most of her adult life, Bankston entered the world of commercial publishing in 2008 with her first novel, A Deadly Encounter.
Bankston is the CEO and Founder, of Kirabaco (ki-rah-buh-ko) Publishing LLC, which houses her works. Kirabaco expands its publishing circumference with the introduction of new authors signed to the company beginning in 2014.
Bankston has since gone on to write and publish to date some 22 novels, including two anthologies and one novella. KR’s “BookOpera” series “Thin Ice” was voted Serial Novel of the Year in 2012 by Future Bestselling Authors. The series was also voted Best Urban Serial of 2013 by Building Relationships Around Books. Her other series, “The Gianni Legacy” has been touted as The Godfather of modern day.
What inspires you to write?
Writing has always been a form of release, a way to deal with all the things that go on in my life on a daily basis. I love creating stories, love the escape it provides, the outlet to deal with every gamut of human emotion.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a seat of the pants writer, but I do own a whiteboard where I may write ‘suggestions’. I usually start with a very basic idea or theme and the main character. I like to type (using word) as opposed to handwriting my manuscripts. My hands cant write as fast as my mind travels, whereas my fingers can definitely give a valiant effort of keeping up.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I allow my characters free reign. It’s their story,I’m simply here to record it and present it properly to the world. I let them be the lead and I simply follow. They speak freely, they tell me how they want the story told, then stop me when I may veer away from what they’re trying to present. There are the dominants, who know every facet of what needs to be said/done/shown/shared; then there are the timids who simply say make me look good. lol. The characters come as the story unfolds. I can’t recall ever meeting them all at the beginning of a journey.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be true to you, to your voice, to your heart. Don’t write for others or what you perceive others want from you. Write what you love, what you know, what you feel. Do research, constantly learn and evolve. Find a good mentor, one you can trust, and take your time. It’s not a race.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published, more because of my dominant nature (Fire sign) and the fact I like calling the shots. It’s not for everyone, so my advice is to do your homework and then be honest with yourself about what part you honestly want to play in your literary career. If you’re not into having a hand in every facet of the process from writing, to publishing, to marketing, etc., then traditional publishing would more than likely be your best choice.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think like anything else it is evolving. We’ll be fine and books will continue to be an integral part of everyday life. People love to read. They love great stories. They love to be entertained.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: crime, drama, romance, sagas, erotica
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print