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Saturday, September 15, 2012

2nd Annual Historical Romance Event - Interview & Giveaway with Becky Banks *UPDATED*

Author Bio

Photo at Elgin Cathedral in Scotland
Becky Banks grew up, like the generations of Bankses before her, in the Hawaiian Islands. With the Islands as her roots, Becky was raised within the time-honored tradition of “talking story” amid a backdrop of grassy fields, blue waters, and cloud-clad mountains. She moved to the mainland after high school to attend Oregon State University, where she studied forestry, natural resources, and science education.

She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband Keith.

Becky’s first novel, The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, received Night Owl Reviews’ Top Pick Award and achieved #8 on the Amazon Bestsellers list for Historical Romance.

Contact Becky at beckybanksonline[at]gmail[dot]com. 

Welcome Becky! Thanks for stopping by!
Summer's come to an end, unfortunately. What are your plans for fall?

Hi Tasha!! Thanks for having me again! Yes, summer is over but I’m excited for the shorter days - that means more snuggly writing and reading here in the Northwest. Aaaaaand more whiskey drinking. ;0) My plans for this fall actually are centered around the launch of my latest book, Forged.  

(Whisky and Winter go hand and hand, am I right? lol)

THE LEGEND OF LADY MACLAOCH was a fantastic novel! Do you plan on writing any other historical romances that coincide with this book, or even just any HR in general? *crosses fingers*

Ha-ha! You know, I’m getting requests for a sequel to The Legend of Lady MacLaoch (TLoLM) pretty regularly now. I know I’ve said in the past that TLoLM was written as a single book but I’m wondering maybe there is more to Rowan and Cole that should be explored...

As of just a few weekends ago, I spent a relaxing weekend at a beautiful lake secluded in the mountains. The beauty of being secluded is that I have time to reflect, time to pontificate on all things. And you know what I was thinking? The Legend of Lady MacLaoch 2.

Writing furiously I met several new characters that I'll introduce to readers such as relatives that Cole didn't realize she'd had, a little old woman who reads tea leaves, a handsome undergraduate researcher and a woman from London that Rowan shouldn't have forgotten about...
(This is so exciting! When you're reading a book and realize it's a stand alone, although you love it, you feel sad that there won't be, knowing there will be makes me ecstatic!) 

If you were to describe Rowan and Cole each in three words, what would they be?

Ah, wow. Three words only?? OK, here we go:
Rowan: Dark, mischievous, honorable
Cole: Piss n’ vinegar, analytical, realist

Which HR authors are your long time favorites?

I love the big names like the Outlander series from Diana Gabaldon, and everything that Phillipa Gregory has put on paper. Seriously Phillipa has the gift of sight when it comes to writing historical fiction. Also I stumbled upon the late Kathleen Givens work, which I like quite a bit. My favorite of all time is On a Highland Shore, a novel set in 13th century Scotland, the main character is smart and strong willed and the hero is as he should be, strong in stature and soft in the heart. :0)

Have you ever visited Scotland? Or plan on it in the future?

Yes! I’ve only been once and can’t wait to go again. Castles, highlands, kilts and whiskey - oh my! The Legend of Lady MacLaoch was born in the town of Portree, Skye.

Besides Scotland, which other places would you love to visit, historically?

Ireland of course and also the Czech Republic as well as Turkey . . . actually the majority of Europe I believe I’d like to visit. The history that is saturated in Europe is rich, deep and simply phenomenal to witness in person. For example standing in Dunvegan castle (the inspiration for Castle Laoch), which was first erected in 800 AD, was mind blowing. I literally walked the same stones that peasants and lords walked, where skirmishes were won and lost hundreds of years prior to, it was humbling.

I read your were born in Hawaii. Do you still live there? Where's somewhere a Hawaii seeker should visit or something they should do/eat? *I really hope to visit there someday!*

Yes! I was born on O’ahu and raised on Maui, my family has been in Hawai’i for five generations now. I’m currently in Portland, Oregon with my hubby and two pug-a-roos. So where to go when in Hawai’i? Well first of all you MUST go to Maui, it’s the best - Maui no ka oi! There is snorkeling, whale watching, hiking, laying on the beach, surfing, kayaking, driving the road to Hana, visiting Haleakala or Iao, eating guri-guri, getting lei’d, eating fresh sugar cane/pineapple/guavas/mangos/avocados/coconuts/lychee, and of course you have to try ahi poke and the million other fresh fish, attend a lu’au, learn hula, skydive, zipline, hang glide, etc! Here’s the trick to doing Maui on a budget: rent a place from on the beach (in Kihei, Wailea, Lahaina), rent a junker car from Kimo’s Rent a Car (they work, A/C rocks but they look like hell), and watch airline ticket prices two to three weeks out - it’s typically when the airlines drop prices to fill planes. Or sign up for emails from your favorite carriers - I fly Alaska Air and Hawaiian - and they’ll email you when they run specials for your favorite destinations. Alaska is notorious for offering $189 (one-way) tix from PDX (Portland, Oregon) to OGG (Kahului, Maui). Feel free to email me when you go for more info! My family has played host to the islands since the 1800’s, (beckybanksonline [at] gmail [dot] com).

(I'll be sure to do that, when I get a chance to visit!) 

Are you currently working on anything?

Yes, as a matter of fact I’ll be publishing my latest work, Forged quite soon. Forged takes place in present day Portland, it’s a high-octane, brooding novel of dark pasts and first loves.Though right on it’s heels will be the sequel to The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, most likely later next year.


Pepsi or Coke? Neither, I’m caffeine sensitive, i.e.- a cup of coffee for me is like giving a normal person crack. No joke - I had a triple shot iced coffee once that put me on the rafters and ended my day with a numb face as I hunched over the toilet.

Cake or Chocolate bars? French fries. :0)

Favorite alcoholic beverage? Oban Scotch whiskey, neat or Woodfords bourbon, neat.

Cats or Dogs? DOGS! :0) I have two pugaloos. Which actually are part dog and part cat...

Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring? Spring. The weather here in the northwest mimics the rainforest of Maui (where I grew up, an area called Peahi) in the spring. Moist drizzley cool days where the sun peaks and hides. It’s also the promise of the summer that’s yet to come. Love spring! Of course then again I do all my best writing in the winter . . .

Tv or Movies? Both. TV with the exception of HBO and Showtime have smaller budgets so the visual effects aren’t that great but I just got hooked (as in “didn’t work for three weeks straight pushing out the pub date for Forged” hooked) on the Bones TV show which has turned my opinion of “movies are better than TV” around.

Favorite saying? Besides “shit or get off the pot?” - that one my mummy taught me. :0) My go to saying (when I’m not stuck in traffic) is Anne Bradstreet’s “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

Thanks for stopping by! And thanks for letting me pester you. :)
Cheers! and thank you for having me!!

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Lisa said...

I am a big fan of Becky Banks, love her writing style, I am on the edge of my seat waiting for her next book!!!
- Lisa Fackler!!!

Barbara E. said...

The Legend of Lady MacLoach sounds like a fantastic story. I love the premise of the American woman and the Scottish Laird, I can't wait to read it to find out what happens.

KMichelleC87 said...

this looks good. cant wait to read it


miki said...

It's a new discovery for me but i'm glad for this event because i'm learning a lot not only about books but also about the author behind the book and it's important for me

Na said...

I would love to visit Scotland one day. I also like the castles and history of it all. Thank you for the chance to read your book. I like the premise for it and that there's some travel involved!

~Fiery Na

Tin said...

Wow, I'm glad I discovered this book -- based on the interview, it sounds like a very interesting read.

And, yes, yay for French Fries. ^_^

Beverly said...

Thanks for hosting! Great interview. I have always wanted to go to Scotland, but alas may never get there, I have been to Portland though.

Annwitch said...

I went to England, but never got as far as Scotland. Maybe someday, but four now I can read about it. The book sounds great. Thanks

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