Those who follow me might remember that a few weeks back I shared a post about a collection of books for Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day Magic, and information about one of the authors who’d kindly offered me the opportunity to share not only the collection but also interviews with several of the authors. Tamara Ferguson, a fantastic author and a great supported of fellow indie writers, was featured in the first post, here.
Today, I have the pleasure to remind you about that great collection and to introduce you to Daisy Banks, one of the UK authors taking part in the collection.
Ah, and don’t forget that 10% of the proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Towards Research.
And without any more blah, blah, here it goes:
Mother’s day Magic…
Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.
10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH Daisy Banks One of the Authors FROM MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC
The Story I’ve Contributed Is
A present-day gift of flowers sets off delightful memories for Jean. The recollections of the day love first bloomed and trust overcame a frightening challenge are carved deep in her heart.
What Was The Inspiration For Your Mother’s Day Magic Story?
My story is based on the true experience of my mother and her recollections of the day she and my father took their first important step closer to marriage. The magic is that I have been given the time to collect her memories and put them into a story for others to read.
How much research was involved in writing your story? How did you go about it?
My research has been through conversations with my mother, as she is in her eighties and rather frail these talks have had to fit into her daily routine as much as possible. I have found her memories a delight and evidence of the very different world she grew up and lived in. I hope I have done this part of her story justice.
How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?
I’d expected a peaceful progress with the characters in this story as it is semi biographical but no, there were one or two twists I hadn’t anticipated. Primarily the way my grandmother turned out on the page. In this story she seems quite a difficult person. I never found her so, as my grandmother she was fiercely protective, loving, and always partisan in her support for all I did. However, her relationship with my mother had a different quality. She seems almost unfeeling at times. My mom has no explanation for that but I do wonder if some of the reluctance to see my mother and father marry didn’t come from earlier experiences. Gran grew up and married in an era where contraception was almost nonexistent and women still frequently died in childbirth. In her youth she lived through a time where married women had to give up their jobs and become housewives by government decree, leaving them and her without independent income. She also lived through all the hardships of the Second World War. Although she probably never explained her worries and fears to my mother I do wonder if that is why Gran was so set against an early wedding for her daughter.
Do you miss spending time with your characters when you finish writing this story?
Often when I finish a story it is hard to let go of characters but with this story being based on truth I don’t have to let go. I might well go on to write more of the romance between Jean and Jack and some of their early married life. There are some very amusing and poignant tales from their time together I’d love to share.
What writer has been your biggest inspiration?
I find it hard to name one. I have loved books and stories of all sorts since I first learned to read. I’ve read all kinds of genres and many different authors and enjoyed almost all of them. I fell in love with the world of Tolkien at a young age and still return to his work as some people do to comfort food. I like some of the classics and I love Fielding’s stories. I think each and every book I read is like a personal gift to me and I therefore would love to say thank you to all writers.
What non-writer had the most influence on your life And why?
This has to be one very important teacher I had in my secondary school. Her influence lifted me out of what might well be described as a mundane and inadequate education into something more. She encouraged my love of history and my academic progress by circumnavigating the rules in a system that had already consigned me to the bin by the time I was eleven. I achieved more and higher level qualifications than my peers because of her skill in teaching and her interest. This allowed me to go on to a sixth form college, and then later to gain qualifications to teach. I was the first person in my family to follow that pathway and without her I wouldn’t have done it.
How important is the choosing of character names to you? Have you ever decided on a name and then changed it because it wasn’t right for the character?
I spend quite a bit of time finding the right names for characters. I check out name meanings in several languages and see if there is something that fits with the character. I like names with additional meanings that reinforce qualities a character may have.
I have changed names once or twice but that’s unusual for me. In my story Marked for Magic the heroine begins life with the childhood name of Nin, but once she gains her true strength she becomes Tara, and that name means strong along with other things.
Do you allow others to read your work in progress, or do you keep it a secret until you’ve finished your first draft?
I have some wonderful critique partners who help me with my writing. They are all published authors and I depend on them to hammer me if I make mistakes. We have worked together for a while and I trust their opinions on my stories. I am deeply grateful for the time and effort they put in to help me improve my work.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first ever stories were recorded not written as I was too young to have learned to write. My parents had a reel to reel tape recorder and I told it my tales. I still remember the one about kittens. I must have been about four years old. The next lot of stories came after I’d learned to write. In primary school I wrote a lot of stories and plays.
Secondary education didn’t call much for stories though I did write some and authored the school play for two years running. I wrote a shed load of very poor quality poetry in my teens and then education crushed the stories. From the time I was eighteen I didn’t write anything but essays until I left college. Once I began work all my energies went into my job, and a little later my marriage and after that my two children.
When I became ill and could no longer work I fumbled my way back into writing. The first stories astonished me as they poured out, but they were learning pieces. Some wonderful people helped me to develop and with their assistance I learned a lot but I still have so much more to learn.
What might we be surprised to know about you?
While at college I once performed with a small dance troop and for one performance we danced the Can-Can. We wore full Can-Can costume and put in all shrieks, screams, cartwheels, and splits for the dance. It was an entertaining evening.
FROM THE AUTHOR
December Roses is dedicated to my parents and I have to say there were times when writing it that I got very emotional. Not for the frustration I sometimes feel with a story if it doesn’t go the way I want, but for the sheer innocence of my parents when they met and those days in 1950’s England. Those post war years were a time when ordinary people struggled to afford luxuries like afternoon tea and ice cream, and they lived with rationing of things we take for granted. I know my mother experienced real fear in a difficult situation, and yet in our modern world it would be one simply solved. My discussions with my mother about the story led to some very amusing conversations and I am very thankful to have experienced that with her.
Sadly, my father passed away some years ago and I couldn’t include him in the chat sessions about the story, but of course, I did discuss it with him in my thoughts. I am certain Dad would approve of the motivation behind my writing the tale and he would probably laugh about the mention of his first camera. I have a tiny photograph of him from those days of his National Service where he is in his army uniform and I’ve tried to hold that image for his character on the page.
About the Author:
Daisy Banks writes romances ranging from sweetly tender through to sexily spicy tales in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. From Victorian devotion to a werewolf passion, a rogue and a courtesan, a clumsy fairy and a saucy ghost, you can discover a different world with Daisy in each of her stories.
Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy when she isn’t writing. There are also some rare occasions she makes a meal that doesn’t stick to the pan.
Daisy Banks is the author of:
Serving the Serpent
Marked for Magic
A Perfect Match
A Gentleman’s Folly
Your Heart My Soul
A Matter of Some Scandal
Daisy Banks writes a regular quarterly story in the Sexy to Go compilations.
There are five free copies of each of these books available as prizes.
There is also a free read, Keep the Fire Burning, for all who would like it.
Links to Mother’s Day Magic:
Working Link: http://www.mybook.to/MothersDayMagic
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And a reminder of all the writers participating in this anthology:
Thanks so much to Tamara Ferguson for alerting me to this wonderful anthology, to Daisy Banks for being my guest today, and thanks to all mothers and to you all for reading. And remember, today it’s the first of April… Take it easy and have a laugh. And of course, like, share, comment and CLICK!