It’s always nice when I have a Pen Pal visit. Today’s guest is Daisy Banks, one of the most supportive authors I’ve met in my short time online in the writing world. Daisy has several current releases available which you can check out on her Amazon page, plus another release on the horizon.
Today, she dropped by to share some insight on her writing techniques.
Welcome, Daisy. First question: Do you have a favorite place and/or time of day to write?
I can and do write anywhere. I prefer using the computer to write but if I’ve not got it with me, ideas go down on the nearest thing I have. I write every day to some degree or other. If I’m not working on a story, I’ll be writing blog posts as a guest for someone or for my own blog. I am a morning person, I function best early. I tend to write heavily until lunchtime and then edit in the afternoons, unless the muse is on my back and then I write until I can’t do any more. I love those days.
I’m with you on that. I love productive days! Please tell us about your chosen genres and what attracts you to them the most.
I write historical stories because I love them. I enjoy the research that goes into them even if it is very picky. I get very irritated with myself if I make a mistake in the historical aspect of a story. The research and confirmation of my ideas means writing a historical always takes longer than any other kind of story.
I also write paranormal stories and enjoy them. Since I was very young I have enjoyed ghost stories, werewolf and vampire stories. I like myth and magic very much.
Fantasy stories are great fun but do demand a lot of effort in world building, pushing the reader to suspend belief and accept someone can find their landlord is and elf, that kind of thing. I think fantasy and paranormal are very closely linked as genres, which is why I work in both. I love the freedom fantasy offers in that anything can happen. I enjoy all kinds of legends and reading about them.
I know you have a new release coming up soon. Spill the beans!
My release in July this year with Taliesin Publishing is a step into a different genre for me. The story, A Perfect Match, is a love story set in a very different world, a dystopian society with many problems.
Ooh, I’m intrigued! Which character did you enjoy writing the most and why?
I enjoyed writing my hero Varon very much. He is a control freak whose world gets turned upside down by an enforced political marriage. His reactions to his bride and the changes in his life were great fun to write. The best bit was his inability to take any form of challenge to what he wants. No one in his world gainsays him, and to find his wife will, really blows him away.
Please share one sentence – – yes, only one! – – of dialogue or description you love.
“Modesty is for inside the Temple, mistress, out in the real world it can be a great disadvantage.”
Great line! When you’re not creating fantastic dialogue and writing stores, what do you do to unwind?
I enjoy antiques and going to antique fairs. I love rooting around the charity shops in the local area looking for things too. I usually spend one or two days each month searching for something that takes my eye.
Given your love of history and antiques, if someone gave you a working time machine tomorrow, where would you visit and why?
I’d zoom to several era’s. One would be Hastings in 1066 where I would scream, “Harold, don’t look up.”
The loss of the battle of Hastings was a close run thing and I happen to think Anglo-Saxon society had a great deal going for it. England would have had a different focus if Harold’s army had won at Hastings.
I’d love to drop in on ancient Alexandria and be first on the scene in the library as it caught fire. I’d love to put that fire out. So much knowledge was lost to us with the blaze in the library. It took centuries for some of the knowledge to be regained and the loss of some of the literary works can never be restored.
One last place I’d visit is the court of the old Bailey in the early eighteenth century. I’d want to meet the man who made the court notes for publication. I believe him to be Roger Le Strange. I owe him a debt you see, because it was his writing that truly taught me what an author’s voice means. I’d like to buy him lunch.
I want to go time traveling with you. What an experience it would be! Switching gears, please share your:
I love the autumn. I find the way the leaves turn mesmeric, the softness of mists as they cloak the normal view makes me stop and stare in wonder. Silver frosted cobwebs on the hedges sometimes decorated with drops that sparkle like diamonds are almost too beautiful to be real. Yes, I love autumn.
Favorite type of music: Classical. I moved to classical music as a preference some years ago and listen to it daily as I write. I love the sound of the harpsichord it conjures so many images in my mind.
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Rum and raisin, a large scoop in a chocolate dipped cone. Heaven.
Food you never grow tired of:
Curry, I love spicy foods in general but a good Chicken Madras or Balti is a firm favorite. I enjoy making my own curries.
Pie or cake:
Pie, I prefer savory foods rather than sweet, but I do like apple pie especially when it’s served with cream. It’s a very homely dish and true comfort food.
Ah! If you ever get across the pond, we shall have a thick slice of apple pie and sip tea while listening to classical music. You would have loved the “Mozart parties” a friend of mine used to host every year.
Daisy, thanks so much for being my guest today. I look forward to your next release. In the meantime, I know eager readers can enjoy your current list of historicals and paranormals:
Forth coming with Taliesin Publishing. A PERFECT MATCH