Alana’s Mistake

Hi guys,

I just want to let you all know that I am writing a brand new story on Wattpad!

It is a thriller, no less, and a sexy one at that : ) If you liked Gone Girl or Fatal Attraction then you may well love this story.

Please read!

A young, happily married woman has a one-time affair with 
a man who refuses to allow it to end and becomes 
obsessed with her. 

Alana is 22 years old, but she got married at 
16 to her husband Noah, father of her sweet 
little girl Snow. Because they got married so 
young Alana sometimes wonders if she missed 
out on all the fun her friends seemed 
to be having. Noah is the only man she has ever 
really known, that is until she meets 
musician Elias Smith. 

Alana and Elias end up spending a reckless, 
wild weekend together. When it is over Alana 
wants to forget the whole thing and 
return to life with her family. 

But Elias has other ideas. 
He doesn't want it to end. Not when Alana is 
the one woman who has ever made him feel 
something. Elias wants Alana for his own, 
and he will stop at nothing to get her.

International Women’s Day!

Go females!

I was a strident feminist as a child and I blame that on being a kid of the 1980s when Margaret Thatcher was in power (even though I’m not sure if she was a feminist herself!) and women’s rights was everywhere. I used to have actual fights with my mum about a woman’s right to work and how a woman shouldn’t feel pressured to stay at home with the kids. Of course now I have a child I choose to stay at home with my kid, but that wasn’t the point! It was the right to choose. I got that then and I still get it now.

So yeah I suppose I’m still kind of a feminist… I know I’m incredibly grateful to the female freedom fighters who came before me, that allowed me to be as relaxed as I am about it. I know there are women in the world doing great things and I think that has almost become ‘par for the course.’ Not the exception to the rule, just the rule. I also think that ‘greatness’ can encompass such things as ‘being a good mum’ or ‘being a contributing member of the community’ and that it doesn’t just have to mean ‘being Beyonce’ or ‘ruling the world’, it can mean so many things.

Would love to know your thoughts? Happy International Women’s Day!

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When you feel like it’s not enough

I had this doubt in my mind for many years that being a writer and creating entertaining fiction works was not enough. That it wasn’t serious enough, helpful enough, that it would never change a world desperately in need of positive change. I’ve been surrounded for large portions of my life by people who are incredibly helpful, who do things that make a direct difference to people’s lives. And I’ve long thought that I ought to be doing the same. Doing something worthy and uplifting and beneficial.

As though writing literature isn’t any of those things. Don’t ask me why I adopted this attitude, I can’t even be sure myself, I think it is a complex combination of factors. But the key component for me is that I allowed myself to think like that. To think that being an artist, purely being an artist, was somehow less, somehow frivolous.

And many might say that it is. That I ought to use my education and talents to make a different kind of difference. But it wasn’t until recently, when I re-examined myself, again, and looked at what it is that I am truly here to do, what I am truly passionate about, what I am best at – that I knew that writing is exactly the right thing for me and that there couldn’t be any better way for me to contribute.

I write for pleasure, yes. I’d do it even if I didn’t want a career out of it. I’ve always done it. But I also write for deeper reasons, reasons that I’m not even sure of. It’s the one thing that I’m still compelled do after 36 years on this Earth, and having tried lots of other different things in my life.

Thinking the way I was thinking, that subtle but definite sense of inferiority, I believe held me back in my work. It meant I was too often looking for a ‘message’ or an educational slant to what I was doing. However, in the last draft of my novel I completely let go of all that. I let go of all those other intentions and I decided to write the thing that told the best story, the thing that entertained and thrilled me the most. And honestly, when I did that, the best work I’ve ever done finally came out.

 

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