Five Questions with Jeanne Bannon
1. When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again?
I love historical fiction when the author takes the reader to another time and place. I just finished The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and fell in love with it. Ms. Morton is a genius. Now I want to read every one of her novels.
The strange thing is that I don’t write in that genre but that is what I love to read. I think historical fiction is amazingly hard to write and at the moment, I don’t think I would be up to the challenge.
2. Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you?
A bit of both. My first novel was a paranormal thriller. I did finish it but got so lost in the story that I had to put it aside. It still needs some polishing and isn’t ready to be sent out for publication. I wanted a break and decided to write a young adult novel. I knew it would be a simpler story and not as long as my first attempt.
The book ended up being, Invisible, my first published novel. I fell in love with YA and have continued to write in that genre.
3. If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why?
There are so many wonderful authors out there who I love, admire and respect but if I had to chose just one, I guess I would pick J.K. Rowling. She’s amazingly talented and I’m fascinated by her road to success.
4. When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime?
I like to exercise and go for walks. I love being with my family and my animals. I don’t lead an exciting life. Simple is better, at least for me.
5. At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen?
I wrote five drafts of Invisible and by the last one, I was just plain sick of it. I decided it was at that point I should begin querying. I tried to find an agent and came very close to signing with an agency but when I received the publication contract directly from my publisher, I decided to go with the sure thing.
author of Invisible