interviewing young adult author Allistar Banks
Q.1 When did you decide you were going to write a young adult book?
A. I decided I was going to write a young adult book about my weight loss journey and how I had faith in God to pull me through the hard times in my life that lead me up to my highest and lowest weight six months ago.
A. I came up with “Lenny the Lizard and His Green Scarf” shortly after my parents got divorced and I received a green cashmere sweater and scarf that made me feel good inside and gave me comfort from their separation. “Nosy Nicole and the Red Airplane” was based on how I was always a curious girl growing up and I loved getting into everything and Nicole is one of my favorite names for little girls. “Spring Brings Summer” was based on memories I had growing up in the spring and summer time. My fourth book to come out soon is “A Colorful Balloon Ride” is based on my art class that I had which taught me colors and my best friend Emily was in the same class with me and the character got named Emily in the story which is Mary’s best friend. My fifth book to come out is called “Nosy Nicole and the Magical Red Airplane” teaches children to obey others and I refused to listen to my mom to not drive my Barbie Jeep in the deep part of our yard and I got bitten by a bed of ants. I learned mine listen to listen to my mom and follow the rules.
Q. 3 What are you working on now for 2018?
A. I am working on my book for young girls to help them achieve a healthy lifestyle through my experiences and how my strong Christian values kept me sane and achieving a healthy weight.
I am working on my Nosy Nicole series which is about a curious girl named Nicole that likes to get into everything but learns how certain objects work.
I plan to do creative writing workshops, school assemblies, and lesson plans for children between the ages of 4-8.
Q4 How long have you been writing?
A. I have been writing from the time I was nine years old.
Q. 5 1 What advice would you give other authors?
A. An Author should invest in a serious editor and take a creative writing class.
Q.6 Where can people find you online?
A. find me on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
My Facebook is www.facebook.com/CharactersWordsCollectionLLC
Pinterest: Characters & Words Collection LLC
Q. 7 Do you plan on making more books in the future?
I plan on making more books in the future.
Q. 8 How many books have you written?
A. I have written three books now and will soon have a fourth and fifth book out. My books are called “Nosy Nicole and the Red Airplane,” “Spring Brings Summer,” and “Lenny the Lizard and His Green Scarf.” The fourth book is called “A Colorful Balloon Ride” and the fifth book is called “Nosy Nicole and the Magic Red Airplane.”
Q. 9 Did you go to college to be a Writer?
A. I went to college for broadcast journalism.