SON OF A PREACHERMAN June 1
GREENWOODAND ARCHER October 1
Which book did you find the hardest to birth? Greenwood and Archer because it is a sequel requiring a continuation of one story while bringing in a fresh new plot so it wouldn’t be a boring rehash.
Which book is your current favorite? I like them all equally for different reasons.
How would you describe your writing style? My writing style is informal, natural, edgy and divinely inspired. My story telling is soap opera style. Although they are dying out now I grew up in the heydays of daytime soap operas and it’s evident in my storytelling style. My writing is psychology based, multilayered and can be quite edgy but most of the edgy gets edited out. It’s mostly character driven but I have written an occasional plot driven story.
Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what kind? No, I have to write in quiet. Once in a rare while I listen to music that will help propel me into the mood for a scene when I find it hard to get there. I am a music lover though just not while I’m working. My musical tastes are as eclectic as my reading. I like Gospel, Oldies, Jazz, Blues, Spanish guitar, R&B, Show tunes, Big Band music, Classical, Chamber music, Harp music and Ragtime. Oh and I love those old torch songs like Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson and Judy Garland sang.
Tell us anything about you as a writer that you think might be interesting or unusual. I have a very lofty goal for my writing future. I do not want to be pigeonholed like most authors and write one genre and that’s it. I want to be the Sammy Davis Jr of the Christian literary scene. That means [for all you young folks who don’t know who he was] I want to do it all and do it all well. Sammy Davis Jr could sing, dance, act, he was an impressionist, a night club performer, recording artist and Broadway stage star. He did it all and did it all exceptionally well; the consummate entertainer. That translates in the world of writing like this; I want to be known for writing different genres; romance, historical, mystery, contemporary, suspense etc. Also that includes fiction and non fiction. I want to write plays as well.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Hang in there and keep writing. Listen to GOD not your family and friends who know absolutely nothing about the writing profession or publishing business. They may be well meaning but they haven’t a clue. If you need advice talk to someone in the business, not Sha Na Na and your girls.
Writers are often encouraged to write what they know. Have you found that to be the case with your writing? Yes and no, in the beginning it’s best to write what you know but what you’ll find after a while is you don’t know enough to write that will help you break into the market with something fresh or different. Most of the time what you know is the same as thousands of other people. What use to be shocking or unusual is nothing new in our contemporary culture. So making yourself stand out from the crowd is getting much harder. That’s when your imagination needs to kick in. As your writing improves you can concentrate less on structure and let that imagination soar. That will be the unique part of your fiction writing. With nonfiction it’ in the delivery. Your book may be the same old rehash but if you plate it up different in a more reader friendly way or a manner that resonates better, you’ve got a winner. Non fiction should be what you know of course but how you disperse the information can be in a new unfamiliar method.
Set in the 1800s, Ruth’s Redemption, depicts slave life in the south. Bo, the main character who was educated while a slave is a freedman who now owns a farm and buys slaves for the purpose of giving them their freedom. Bo is also a widower whose life is destined to changed when he meets the stubborn, proud and hard-hearted 20 year old slave girl, Ruth.
Ruth has known nothing but harshness and brutality since being separated from her mother at age thirteen. Purchased and sold primarily for breeding and the enlargement of her master’s slave stock, Ruth struggles to understand the way of her new master. Bo is unlike any master she’s known and what she experiences in his care will leave her forever changed.
A gripping pre-Civil War slave era novel, Ruth’s Redemption is a story of forgiveness, acceptance and redemption. Set against the backdrop of the Nat Turner Rebellion in Tidewater,Virginia, this novel shines the light of God’s unconditional love in the darkness of the evils of hatred and acts of inhumanity.
About the Author
Marlene Banks is aPhiladelphia, PA native. She attended Westminster Collegein New Wilmington, PA and has an Associate’s Degree in Theology from the Rhema Bible Institute inKeysville,VA. She is the director of ministry at Lifeline Mission of the Gospel. Through her writing ministry, Marlene’s desire is to promote the gospel and serve the needs of her community.
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