Monday, June 6, 2016

Interview with Christiane Banks, author of Amelia's Prayer



Inside the Book:

Amelia's Prayer

Title: Amelia's Prayer 
Author: Christiane Banks 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Religious Fiction 
Format: Ebook/Hardcover/Paperback

Sebastian Lavalle is just fifteen when he leaves home in 1934 to join the navy. Seven years later, Sebastian unfortunately knows all too well about the horrors of World War II and what it is like to fear the unknown. When repairs force his ship to the rugged shore of Newcastle, the young French naval officer is invited to a tea dance to celebrate Bastille Day. He seizes the opportunity, hoping to find comfort and a small taste of the home he misses so much. Amelia Sullivan, the daughter of Irish immigrant parents is thrilled to be attending the tea dance. When Sebastian's eyes find her in the crowd, he drinks in her exotic beauty. Moments later as he draws her into his arms for a dance, there is no doubt in his mind that he has just met the woman of his dreams. Days later, Sebastian professes his love and marries her, sending them both on an unforgettable journey through betrayal, survival and forgiveness. The saga takes the reader from England's coast, to the French Riviera and also to America. Their soul searching journey explores the many facets and depths of love leading to the realization of what true happiness means.. Amelia's Prayer is a tender and moving saga spanning forty years after two young souls are flung together during World War II.  

How did you come up with the title of your book?

I had several ideas based on the story. I wrote them down, picked my favourite and then took a general consensus from the family members and friends who knew what the book was about. Almost everyone chose the title I had picked therefore it seemed like a good choice.

What is your writing environment like?

Most of the time it’s very basic, an office in our home with the desk looking out of the window onto some green space.  It is essential I have peace and quiet, no music, no outside noise, stillness, serenity and peace.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

Certainly computers laptops, iPhones, from a personal point of view the program Dragon Naturally Speaking as I dictate most of my work rather than typing it directly.

What inspires you to write?

Everything around me. Mostly people and what they have to say - everyone has a story. Most of us love talking about ourselves given the opportunity.

Did you learn anything when writing this book?

 I learned numerous things. One of the most important is attention to detail, the devil is in the details! And patience, patience, patience!

What is your favourite quality about yourself?

I think I would have to say loyalty. I am a loyal and committed person not only to individuals and the people I love, but also  to projects like writing a novel.

Amelia's Prayer is available for order at

Meet the Author:

Christiane Banks lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband. Amelia's Prayer, which took six years to write, is her debut novel.

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