April 30, 2012

Interview with Anna Banks, Author of Of Poseidon

Today I am pleased to welcome author Anna Banks for an interview about her new debut, Of Poseidon!
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .
Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

If it was the Twilight vamps vs the Of Poseidon Syrena, who would win?
Is it bad publicity to say the vamps would win? Vampires are immortal, but the Syrena, though they live for hundreds of years, are mortal. They’re a marine species—flesh (um, hawt flesh in some cases) and blood. But I’m thinking Galen (hawt flesh) is fast enough to escape a vamp attack when his twin sister Rayna inevitably picks a fight with a vamp.
Also, Emma could totally take Bella—does that count?

What will you be doing to celebrate Of Poseidon's release on May 22nd?
I’ll be throwing a launch party at Books A Million in Destin, Florida—the town where Galen and Emma meet in the book. Cake, swag, cake, punch, cake…

Do you have any author "besties" or belong to a critique group?
In the beginning I did belong to a critique group locally, but because of scheduling conflicts I ended up just exchanging emailed pages with a few in the group and I have to say, without them, I would never have made it. Ever. I’m a believer in crit partners and beta readers. You need those eyes to rove over your pages with a fine-tooth comb looking for adverb/punctuation/tense lice. You NEED them. Did I mention you need them? ‘Cause you do.

What can readers expect in Of Poseidon?
I’m getting a lot of “Wow, I didn’t expect this to be as funny as it was.” Well, I guess you should um, expect it to be funny. It’s funnier than the cover lets on, mkay? 
You can also expect a fast pace. Chapter One is basically a giant cannonball into the story. There is no easing in, for all you pansies out there.

What would you do if you won the lottery tomorrow?
Dude, “the lottery” is so vague. Like, millions? I’d buy the usual mess: a big house with a water slide swirling from my bedroom to the pool, a sixteen car garage full of unique go-karts (semi-trucks, anyone?), and I’d turn a school bus into a saltwater fish tank.
All my security guards would have to dress like those guys who guard that big palace thing in England, only they’d have to smile all the time like creepy clowns.
I’d build a playground for my city, as long as they’d name it Never Evah Land.
I’d send Simon Cowell gifts until he acknowledged me on Twitter.
Also, I’d quit writing and use the rest of my life to prove that Sasquatch really does exist.

Describe Of Poseidon in three words. GO!
Romance. Secrets. Upchuck.
Anna Banks grew up in a small town called Niceville (yes, really). She now lives in Crestview, Florida, with her husband and their daughter. This is her debut novel.
Thanks to Anna for a great interview! Of Poseidon splashes into stores May 22nd, be sure to check it out! 


  1. Fun interview. I agree with Anna. A critique group is so important when you're writing. I'm looking forward to reading your book Anne. Good luck with your release.

  2. i love the except, looking forward to read this one :)

  3. I would never have thought OF POSEIDON to be funny. Go figure.

  4. Great interview! I can't wait to read this book.

  5. The story actually starts out amazing, with a huge tragedy. And I loved it all. It's extremely exciting. But then, through the rest of the book, it's like that tragedy never happened. And that, to me, was not acceptable. Thought it shouldn't have been forgotten; what happened.

    But even though that horrible but sort of awesome thing is forgotten, the story is still amazing. I'm loving it so much. The plot in this book is really, really good. It is so exciting, and it feels sort of real too. In an un-real way. But I enjoyed it so much.

  6. Love this series, can't wait for more. It great for young adults. And anyone interested in mermaids. This is the third book in the series.

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  7. Of Poseidon was a fun and very quick read! It definitely met my high expectations. With a fantastic storyline full of frustrating and teasing romance and engrossing adventures, Of Poseidon will not only please you, it will enrapture you. And with the ending that could kill, you'll begging for more Emma and Galen and the rest of the Syrena!

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