Welcome to our stop on the Undeniable blog tour, the steamy romance from author Liz Bankes. Today Liz is on the blog talking about the books that made her want to be a writer.
Guest Post from Liz Bankes
Five books that made me want to be a writer
1. The Georgia Nicolson Diaries by Louise Rennison
These are the funniest books I have ever read. They made me want to one day learn to write comedy in a way that makes people snort in public and puts across a unique funny voice. Other things I love are the focus on friendship – Georgia has lots of exciting boy adventures, but always with Jas (more like a dog than a friend) and the ace gang at her side. In my books, I wanted to make Mia and Gabi’s relationship just as important as all the boys who come along. And the Georgia books make a very important point about love – that sex gods are all very well and good, but the man you pick in the end should be a (Dave the) laugh.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
What I love about P&P, and the great Jane in general, is that moments of intense emotion are condensed down into everyday life, which Austen writes about with a dry sense that a lot of it is ridiculous. People fall in love through tiny moments – a look across a room, dancing at a ball, a conversation about books – that become full of meaning because of the characters taking part. Lizzie and Darcy fall in love over a series of these moments, as they gradually discover each other’s true character, after judging each other superficially at the beginning. For my writing, I wanted to show that the moments that make us fall in love creep up on us in the middle of ordinary, often ridiculous, everyday life.
3. Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
Helen Fielding brought Pride and Prejudice into the 20th century and created a new best friend for everyone in Bridget Jones. The reason that this book made me want to be a writer is Bridget. I love it when a heroine is a bit crap at everyday life, confides in the things she worries about and generally makes a tit of herself, because it means she is just like me.
4. Middlemarch by George Eliot
This novel is a sort of experiment – George Eliot placed her characters in a fictional 1830s midlands town, along with all their tangled connections, and saw what happened. It would be amazing to have this kind of control of so many different narratives and to be able to trace each character and relationship over the course of decades. Make it difficult for us, why don’t you George!
5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
As a writer, I love the cleverness of Douglas Adams’ comedy – the whole absurd universe makes sense in a nonsensical way and captures just how mind-bending the rules that govern our actual universe are. But as a reader I just enjoy reading the book as much as if I’d downed a pan-galactic gargleblaster. My reading brain has matured of course, since I used to listen to the radio series on tape, aged ten. Then I loved the way the story zoomed around, taking you from one hilarious planet to the next Now I love that the hero spends the whole of the book in his dressing gown and searching for a good cup of tea.
Release: 1 August 2013
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
When Gabi gets a summer job as a runner for a TV production company she is over the moon. She has just broken up with Max, and although it was the right thing to do she is sad, hurt and very down. A summer of working in London will be the tonic she needs. Then she meets Spencer. He is also a student, but has a minor role in a very popular show. They banter and flirt and laugh. The friendship turns to love. Is he undeniably the one for her?
About Liz Bankes:
Liz Bankes grew up in Sevenoaks, (or One-oak as it should be called since six of the oaks fell down).
As a child she was passionate about books, the Beano and Ryan Giggs.
She has been writing since she was a child when she drew plenty of cartoons and comic strips, giving them to her family to read and then waiting patiently (staring at them intensely) until they laughed. In year 6 she co-wrote, with a friend, The Sealyham Story (like the Iliad, but in Wales), which was scandalously ignored by all the major literary prizes. Then at secondary school she wrote a story about a woman who killed people and turned them into pies. Instead of a referral to a psychologist the school gave her a creative writing prize and sent her on her way.
She attended Leeds University, Oxford University and now works as senior editorial assistant at Nature Publishing Group.
Since then she’s been writing book reviews and blog posts (and, secretly, more stories).