My name is Lucy Banks. As you've probably already sussed out, I'm a writer. My book, Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural (The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost) will be released at the start of 2017. This is VERY exciting or it is to me, anyway!
I've actually been writing since I was 10. My first efforts, as you might imagine, were woeful. They mainly took the form of diaries. Long, whining diary entries that moaned about school, to be exact.
Fortunately, as time progressed, I grew less whiny. The writing improved as a result. However, my first attempt at a full-length novel, back when I was 23, was so skin-crawlingly abysmal that it was laughable. Still, we all have to start somewhere.
Undeterred, I wrote another full-length novel. Then another. And another. Dr Ribero is actually the sixth full-length novel I've written and certainly the only one I felt confident enough about to send out to publishers in earnest!
What's it all about then?
The idea for Dr Ribero arose in a writing class, back in 2015. We were given the challenge to make up a character on the spot, then go home and create a short story about them. Thus, I penned a strange tale of an ageing Argentinian lothario called Dr Ribero, investigating rhubarb theft in a small village in Dorset. As you do. It happens more often than you might think, you know.
The short story soon disappeared from my mind, but the character didn't. He nibbled away at me like a rodent, insisting to be heard. I realised that I rather liked this old gent. How could I resist him? He had a twirly moustache, after all, not to mention polished shoes and a cigarette holder. I put him carefully to one side, hoping to use him one day in another (hopefully better) piece of writing.
Fast-forward a couple of months. I decided to embark on a writing exercise, focusing on creating atmosphere something I felt I needed to work on. It started with a character called Kester a 22-year-old stuffed into the body of a paunchy academic. I didn't know it at that point, but Kester was about to become the star of my story. And so too was Dr Ribero.
The rest, as they say, is history! The story unfolded and it was as though the characters themselves were telling the tale. I merely had to grab at what they were telling me, and get it typed up.
What's going on with this blog?
I'm actually not the world's best self-publicist. But one thing I do love to do is write about writing. I'm an author, but also a copywriter, and I spend my life creating content.
I hope that these blog posts will be of interest, and that you'll forgive me wittering on about all things literary. Don't worry, it won't be all about me! Like the characters I write about, I'm rather shy and retiring; and blush at the thought of talking about myself!
Instead, I'll try to keep it about writing. Why writing rocks. Why reading rocks. How to make writing better. How to make it easier. That sort of thing. If you want to get in contact, please do so via social media. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.