Interview with Anita Banks, author of Tanner Builds a Block Tower

AnitaAnita Banks has lived in Alabama since she was six years old, she raised three children and has  four grandchildren. They are the inspiration for her writing. She likes the adventures and escapes that stories allow you to explore and the myriad of emotions you feel. Anita loves to travel, read and has recently started running.

http://www.anitabanks.com/

Thank you for joining us today, Anita. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Thank you for having me here. I am a new author with my first picture book titled, Tanner Builds a Block Tower. I am excited as puppy with a new toy. I am a wife, mother, grandmother. My favorite new activity is running, I started because I needed to get some activity from sitting in a chair for more than nine hours for my day job. I started two years ago, and have found the running community where I live to be a great group of people that are passionate about the sport and are supportive of new runners. I started with a training program to run a 5k and have progressed to three half marathons so far. 

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

          I have loved reading since my introduction to Dick and Jane and Dr. Seuss. I am constantly reading something all the time. When I was in  junior high school, I had a creative writing class. That was when the writing bug stung me. But when family and life took over, I put the dream aside and just occasionally thought of it.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

          Probably for the simple joy children’s books give to a reader. I enjoy reading to children and seeing their smiles and their happiness in asking you to read to them. I wanted to contribute to  that happiness. And it’s fun.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

         I personally have nothing to compare it to, yet. Maybe I will give another genre a try someday. The other writing I do is journaling for myself.

Anita 2What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

          I like the writing, I like putting the words to paper, or rather the screen. They have to be edited  quite a bit before I’m done. But seeing the story unfold on the screen is probably my favorite part.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Tanner Builds a Block Tower is about a little boy who is determined to build a tower with his blocks. But on the way to his destination he get distracted by different animals and insects. He  also loses some of his blocks. So he has to find them to finish what he started. Determination and perseverance is the theme.

What inspired you to write it?

          The inspiration for this book, was my grandson, Tanner. On a visit when he was about three        years old, he loved to play with his building blocks and build towers, over and over. He was fascinated with this repetitive play. We also went on numerous walks, he loved to explore the outdoors, and still does. So it seemed a natural fit to combine the two activities.  

What is up next for you?

I am shopping out two more picture books, and writing a chapter book right now.

Do you have anything else to add?

          Thank you so much for having me. I hope you enjoy my book.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Anita. We wish you much success.

 

New from Wee Creek Press

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GOOFUSES ETC. by Rowena
Genre: Children’s Picture Books
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-989-9
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-990-5

Too much homework, tired of takings tests? You can still have fun when Goofuses Etc. come to your school!

Recommended Reading Reading Level: Ages 7-8
KERI IS CUTE CUTE CUTE by Karen WiesnerKERI_is_CUTE_lg
Genre: Children’s Picture Books
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-922-6
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-923-3

All her life, Keri had been told she was cute, cute, cute until one day someone asks what she does besides being a cutie-pie. She doesn’t draw as well as Andrew or count as high as Sarah. Keri wants to be known for more than her pretty face. What’s a cute girl to do? This story whimsically teaches parents to instill in their daughters reasons for valuing themselves beyond their looks.

Recommended Reading Level: Ages 7-8

Visit www.weecreekpress.com for these and other titles from Wee Creek Press!

New from Wee Creek Press: Mr. Poot’s Christmas by Emma Wildes

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Snow is falling, there is a sparkling tree in the living room, and Mr. Poot wonders just what he might get for a holiday treat. Surely a dashing feline like him needs deserves something unique. Little does he know his family has something very special in mind…

Recommended For Ages 3 – 7
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-925-7
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-926-4

 

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Whiskey Creek Press Launches Wee Creek Press

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I received an announcement earlier this month that Whiskey Creek Press has launched a children’s imprint: Wee Creek Press. How exciting! As you know, I’m a children’s author, so it’s great to see new children’s book publisher’s pop up. Here are the books listed as of right now:

GameFace_lgGAME FACE by Andy Kantar 
Genre: Young Adult
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-808-3
EBook Price: $3.99
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-566-2
Printed Book Price: $12.95

2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Bronze Medal, Pre-Teen Fiction.

Right now, life isn’t so good for eighth-grade point guard Josh Lumley. As anyone in the tiny northern Minnesota town of Orville will tell you, hockey rules. That means Josh and his basketball teammates catch flak from just about everyone—students, teachers, even the locals at Fat Fern’s Donut Hole. But all that’s about to change. Populated by a cast of wacky eccentrics and an unforgettable team of middle-school misfits, Game Face will capture the imagination of anyone who roots for the underdog.

 

BIGFOOT -MONSTER OF THE ICE by Michele Wallace CampanelliBIGFOOT_lg
Genre: Young Adult
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-210-4
EBook Price: $3.99

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Frantic about his missing wife, Adam Reese travels to a small island off the coast of Canada with their thirteen year old son, Sean. There the two learn that a major new animal discovery was made while Mary was filming a documentary on polar bears for Planet X. Now members of that film crew are disappearing, one by one. Is it because the documentary is now worth millions? Not any amount of money or new animal discovery drives Adam on. Adam won’t give up finding the love of his life, Mary, especially for the sake of their son. Somehow, Adam must rescue Mary from the fanged creature that has snatched her out of the cold, freezing snow. He must save her from the white-haired Bigfoot, the Yeti…the monster of the ice.

 

TroubleAtTrinity_lgTROUBLE AT TRINITY by Kendal Ashby
Genre: Young Adult
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-610-2
EBook Price: $3.99
Trade paperback ISBN:

Jaclyn Anderson is too pissed off to mourn her brother’s so-called suicide and is determined to figure out what really happened to Sam. She enrolls at Trinity Preparatory College under a false name to get the answers no one else is looking for.

Jaclyn needs help with her growing list of suspects, and with a little pressure, she convinces Sam’s floor advisor, Ryan, and Sam’s roommate, Colin, to help. Jaclyn soon learns she has to question everything she knew about her brother when she uncovers more then she planned. Her investigation leads her into a dangerous world and she soon discovers that some students will do just about anything to succeed.

With too much at stake, she can’t afford to be distracted by her growing attraction to Ryan. If Jaclyn wants justice for her brother’s murder, she’ll have to dig deeper to get the evidence needed to prove to everyone what really happened to Sam.

 

THE PERILS OF PIERRE BOOK ONE, GOLD FEVER by Ian Janssen PierreCover_lg
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-900-4
Ebook Price: $2.99
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-594-5
Paperback Print Price: $12.99

This is a series of children’s books about Pierre the Fox, Polly the Crow and many of their animal friends, who are always finding trouble around Loon Lake. The children from the Green Cabin, and the animal characters in the stories, unknowingly interact with each other, sharing their adventures.

In the first book, The Perils of Pierre, Gold Fever, Polly and Pierre find lost jewellery in the forest, but run into all sorts of trouble as they try to recover the loot. Then, something unexpected happens when they finally have it collected
Recommended Reading Ages: 8 – 10 

Popcorn_lgPOPCORN by Rowena
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160- 901-1
Ebook Price: $2.99
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-595-2
Hardcover Print Price: $16.99

POPCORN, the perfect snack, but maybe TOO perfect if you pop TOO much! See what happens next in this fully illustrated popcorn adventure for children ages 3 – 8!
Recommended Reading Ages: 3 – 8

 

You can visit them online at www.weecreekpress.com.