Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Warm Welcome to Author Marlene Banks

Is there a story behind Greenwood and Archer?
Yes, I was inspired by the song of that title written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins, made popular by Dusty Springfield and later sang by Aretha Franklin as well as many others through the years.

What started you on your writing journey?

God inbred the love of the written word and storytelling in me. I have been reading and writing since early childhood but only started taking it serious in the last 15 years. What propelled me at that time was surely guidance from the Holy Spirit.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?


What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I have an eclectic taste in literature. I like anything that entertains, enlightens, enthralls or engages me emotionally. I read all kinds of books from spiritual growth and Christian fiction to theological dissertations and chick lit. I like historical, mystery, romance and secular fiction as well. I even read cook books and home how-to texts. I read plays and biographies. The Holy Bible, however, is the book I get the most out of. I just keep coming back to that divine book in some form. Its messages to me (and the world) keep unraveling and growing, evolving as my life does. It’s amazing!

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?That’s a difficult choice because I often write from a psychological POV so they all interest me at one point or another depending on what’s going on with them at the time. If I had to choose it would be the married couple, Cord and Savannah Freeman. They individually had real issues and together had a very dysfunctional relationship stemming from those issues. They were poster children for not handling your issues first, BEFORE you entangle someone else in your life. As a result they sort of fed off each other for their needs; a very sad situation.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?

I love this question! I would be a combination of old time spirituals and torch songs. But once again I have an eclectic musical pallet. I love all kinds including Gospel, Jazz, Pop, Blue Grass and Classical, Harp, Blues, Spanish guitar and show tunes.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

When I was young I had a pet rabbit I took with me to the drive-in movie (for those of us who remember drive-ins) and had him on a leash…lol. I think that was quirky…or just plain weird.

What is your strangest habit?
I MUST make my bed (or at least straighten it up good) before I get in it again or I won’t sleep well. I can’t stand getting in a bed with the sheets all rumbled up and tangled. What can I say, I’m strange that way.

What is your favorite season of the year?

Spring and autumn.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?

My mother making us snow cream in the winter. For those of you who don’t know, snow cream is ice cream made from fresh fallen snow.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

Oh yes, ironing and washing windows for starters.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?

Food cooked on a charcoal barbecue grill. Any food will do but no gas grill, thank you, I love what charcoal does to the taste.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  

I write with a spiritual POV most times but a particular theme I drive home is the application of biblical principals in our daily living and trusting God. Put him in all things concerning your life. He’s the ultimate life partner.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. Job 42:12, NLT. 

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
October 1, 2012 the sequel to SON OF A PREACHERMAN was released by Moody. The title is GREENWOOD AND ARCHER. It continues the story of Greenwood District’s rebuilding efforts after the riot and events in the lives of some of characters from PREACHERMAN while introducing interesting new characters and circumstances.

MARLENE BANKS resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a prolific writer she has an associate degree in Theology from Rhema Bible Institute in Keysville, Virginia and is currently pursuing studies to initiate a Christian counseling ministry. Marlene is a member of Bethel Deliverance International Church in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Her work resume includes forty years in nursing and business.

A divine gift of storytelling with her unique voice and love of Christ creates engaging and inspirational novels. She considers her fiction writing an avenue to communicate the Gospel and Christian principles. It is also Marlene’s goal to bridge the gap between faith-based and secular literature. RUTH’S REDEMPTION is her first release and SON OF A PREACHERMAN is her second.

To buy her books:
Barnes and Noble
Christian Book.com

Marlene is giving away a copy of Greenwood and Archer. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy holiday reading!
Caroline Brown


Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read these books. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Lane Hill House said...

I am reading Son of a Preacherman and would love to have this sequel, Greenwood and Archer!! I read the first book, Ruth's Redemption. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

Teela said...

Thank you for offering this giveaway. This would be a treat to anyone's library. teelayoung@hotmail.com

KayM said...

I really enjoyed the interview! My mom made snow ice cream for us kids, also. I think it's sad that today's children don't learn the joy of simple pleasures. I tried to instill that in my children, but I'm not sure all my grandchildren are getting that message.
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Nancee said...

Thanks for a very interesting inverview with Marlene. I would love to win a copy of Greenwood and Archer. It sounds like a great read.

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Doreen Brannan said...

Would love to read this. I think it would be a nice change from what I'm used to reading. :)

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