Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Interview with Christiane Banks, author of Amelia's Prayer



Inside the Book:

Amelia's Prayer

Title: Amelia's Prayer 
Author: Christiane Banks 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Religious Fiction 
Format: Ebook/Hardcover/Paperback

Sebastian Lavalle is just fifteen when he leaves home in 1934 to join the navy. Seven years later, Sebastian unfortunately knows all too well about the horrors of World War II and what it is like to fear the unknown. When repairs force his ship to the rugged shore of Newcastle, the young French naval officer is invited to a tea dance to celebrate Bastille Day. He seizes the opportunity, hoping to find comfort and a small taste of the home he misses so much. Amelia Sullivan, the daughter of Irish immigrant parents is thrilled to be attending the tea dance. When Sebastian's eyes find her in the crowd, he drinks in her exotic beauty. Moments later as he draws her into his arms for a dance, there is no doubt in his mind that he has just met the woman of his dreams. Days later, Sebastian professes his love and marries her, sending them both on an unforgettable journey through betrayal, survival and forgiveness. The saga takes the reader from England's coast, to the French Riviera and also to America. Their soul searching journey explores the many facets and depths of love leading to the realization of what true happiness means.. Amelia's Prayer is a tender and moving saga spanning forty years after two young souls are flung together during World War II.  

Could you please tell us a little about your book?

Amelia’s Prayer is a historical saga sent in the Northeast coast of England during World War II.  It is a tender and moving saga, spanning 40 years after Sebastian Lavelle, a young French naval officer and Amelia Sullivan the daughter of Irish immigrant parents meet at the tea dance. The saga takes the readers from England’s coast to the French Riviera and also to America. Their soul searching journey explores the many facets and depths of love leading to the realization of what true happiness means.

Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?

I was raised on the Northeast coast of England in the 1950s as the world was trying to recover from the effects of World War II. I grew up listening to many sincere heart wrenching, redeeming stories, it seemed the natural thing to write that down and share them.

What causes are you most passionate about and why?

Fairly simple causes nothing overwhelming. I like looking into the community. The effect of donating blood, for obvious reasons, people I love have been saved because of blood transfusions. Therefore, it’s a need to give back. I also like looking after and caring for our older community. Sometimes it seems they are forgotten in the busyness of our lives!

Hospital auxiliary volunteers work diligently fundraising to create extra money in order to improve the comfort quality and environment in the hospital for the patient’s.  One example is the tea wagon in the afternoon - cheering the patiient up -more than one would ever know, slowly but surely helping one person at a time.

Do you have any rituals you follow when you finish a piece of work?

I read it and reread it and if it feels good. I offer a prayer of thanks.

Who has influenced you throughout your writing career?

Other authors such as Frank McCourt the writer of Angela’s Ashes. Songwriters; I love lyrics and am inspired by a song that tells a story to music within maybe a three-minute time period. I like Paul McCartney; he inspires me.  Also singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan, Michael Banks and Matthew Banks  - all singer-songwriter’s all very talented. They inspire me because they can move me within a three-minute period lyrically, so surely I can do it in a book!

What some of your long-term goals?

I would like to write a sequel to Amelia’s Prayer. It took me six years to write Amelia’s Prayer my long-term goal is to not take so long writing the sequel.

Amelia's Prayer is available for order at

Meet the Author:

Christiane Banks lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband. Amelia's Prayer, which took six years to write, is her debut novel.

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