on May 26th 2015
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“Small towns have big stories.” That was a lesson Katie’s father taught her years ago. A lesson she’s taken to heart. And right now, Katie is desperate for a big story. Reeling from the recent loss of her father and with her agent breathing down her neck for the next book, the twenty-one-year-old writer picks a spot on the map and finds herself bound for a middle-of-nowhere town called Bishopville, South Carolina.Taking a chance on the words of a local grocer, Katie stumbles upon a rare breed of dogs raised by the town doctor and his nephew Kyle. The only problem? Kyle isn’t interested in telling stories—especially not to a big-city girl who can’t seem to sit still. In an attempt to win him over as the clock winds down, Katie finds herself immersed in Kyle’s world, doing everything but writing.When inspiration finally strikes, Katie is faced with an unforeseen catastrophe and a truth she can no longer ignore. While she has come to love the dogs, the real story may be about Kyle Walker.
Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.
Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he’s love so much. He lives with my wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as they can fit in.
PLEASE WELCOME WESLEY TO BOOKHOUNDS!
- What is on your nightstand?
On my nightstand, nothing. The engineer in me likes to have everything organized and as clutterless (is that a word?) as possible. However, inside my nightstand I keep 3 of my all-time favorite books and an old wooden box filled with sentimental items like my grandfather’s pocket knife from WW2, or a wooden cross my grandmother gave me as a kid.
- What author would you totally fan girl?
Well…being a guy that’s a difficult question, haha. But honestly I’d like to sit down and have a conversation with Mark Rowlands. Oh, and for some reason I have this weird wish that I was good friends with Jennifer Niven. Every time I see here she seems to be doing something cool and having fun and I can’t help but think being friends with her would be awesome.
- What makes you cringe?
Hopefully no one thinks this is too weird, but I’m a texture guy when it comes to food, and I can’t stand the idea of eating foods like pudding or Jell-O.
- Are you worried that your google history will get you into trouble?
I think my real concern is that people might find out I’m a much bigger nerd than I let on.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Before I start writing I will do a complete outline of all the major scenes from beginning to end. This is typically around 20-25 scenes. Then I’ll just pick whichever scene I’m feeling that day and write. If it changes the outline, then that’s not a big deal. The characters, and their decisions usually take precedence over any forethought I have.