Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Interviewing Author Jeanne Bannon

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 Today, I'm honored to have YA author Jeanne Bannon stop by Cedar's Mountain to chat for a little bit in support of her debut novel, Invisible.

Lola's not pretty. Lola's not popular. Lola wishes she could disappear...and then one day she does just that...

For seventeen-year-old Lola Savullo, life is a struggle. Born to funky parents who are more in than she could ever be, Lola's dream of becoming a writer makes her an outsider even in her own home. Bullied and despied, Lola still has the support of her best pal Charlie and Grandma Rose.

Not only is she freakishly tall, Lola's a big girl and when forced to wear a bathing suit at her summer job as a camp counselor, Lola's only escape from deep embarrassment seems to be to literally vanish. Soon after, she discovers the roots of her new "ability".

Slowly, with Charlie's help, Lola learns to control the new super power. The possibilities are endless. Yet power can be abused, too...

Then, when tragedy strikes, Lola must summon her inner strength, both at home and at school. She has to stand up for herself, despite the temptations and possibilities of her newfound super power.

A coming-of-age story that will warm the heart.

Jeanne, why did you start writing?

I can't remember a time when I didn't want to write. I've alway loved to read and I suppose that translated into "I can do that, too!" So, I suppose it is my love of reading that made ne a writer.

What were some of your earliest influences on your writing?

As a teen I read a lot of Stephen King. He, along with Sidney Sheldon and Jeffery Archer were early influences.

Why did you choose to write YA?

It kind of chose me. I tried writing different genres and YA was the one that came the most naturallly despite not reading a lot of it. I alo wanted to write something my children could read and wouldn't be embarrased that their mother wrote it.

Why did you decide to concentrate on your particular YA sub-genre?

The sub-genre of Invisible is more magic realism than fantasy. I suppose that might be the influence of the Stephen King novels I read when I was younger. I love to write about real life but with a twist just to make things more interesting.

Have you ever thought of branching off into other sub-genres of YA?

Right now, I'm working on another YA novel entitled Incarnate, which is about a young soul who reluctantly returns to a body as a walk in. A walk in is a soul who decides to live in a the body of a person who doesn't want to live any long but doesn't want to physically kill themselves--a deal is made to take over their body. I suppose this genre would be more paranormal than magical realism.

What has been the most difficult part of your writing journey?

I have a lot of trouble finding the time to write. My work schedule and family life keep me extremely busy and I simply don't have the time to plant my butt in a chair and write.

When you're not writing for work or pleasure, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

What spare time?

Jeanne, many thanks for stopping by Cedar's Mountain today to chat with us.

Jeane Bannon has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. She started her career as a freelance journalist, then worked as an in-house editor for LexisNexis Canada. Jeanne currenty works as a freelance editor and writer.

Invisible, her debut novel, is about a teenage girl who isn't happy with herself and wishes she could disappear. And one day she does. Invisible is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Smashwords and Solstice.

She can be found on Twitter (@JeanneBannon), in the blogsphere and on Facebook. You can also check her book trailer on YouTube.


  1. An intriguing premise, as is the one for her next novel too!

  2. Great interview to both George and Jeanne. I have read this book - Great story and I also think this is one of the best covers ever. I also have trouble keeping my butt in the chair to write - AND I'M RETIRED!

    Congrats on your success with your book, Jeanne

    Thanks for sharing her with us, George

  3. Debra: Yes it does sound like an interesting premise. It's refreshing to come across YA that isn't more of what we've been subjected to for the past few years. I picked up a copy and I look forward to reading this one.

    Penny: Thanks. It was my pleasure to have Jeanne stop by to spend some time with us today.

  4. Sounds like she has some connections for you...hehe

  5. Bearman: Perhaps. Any kind of connections at this point can only help in the long run.

  6. That is a really interesting idea for a book...who didn't feel like that as a teenager? Nice interview, G.

  7. Thank you, George for hosting me and for your very kind words. Thanks also to everyone else who stopped by to read the interview and for commenting. It means a lot to me :D


  8. M: It definitely does sound like an interesting premise, and I agree that were times that I felt like that as a teenager.

    Jeanne: You're more than welcome and I thoroughly enjoyed having you stop by to chat.

  9. The genres I write in definitely chose me as well. I think it is that way for most writers, although I've heard some say they deliberately picked one.

  10. Charles: I'm not sure if I can say the same for myself. I'm still searching for a genre and the genre is still searching for me. I really haven't found one that I'm 100% comfortable with and the one that seems to want me, I'm not quite sure about.

    But its definitely been a fun journey in looking for one.

  11. Interesting interview, n insight into a magical subject. YA is definitely expanding into alot of new subject matter of new categories.
    I've wanted to dissappear a few times too...
    Stephen King was also a big influence on me, tho I never thought of it as YA material. I've always preferred Sci-Fi.
    I think Genre depends on the story, n some stories are just geared for different age groups, depending on age of the main character usually.

  12. Snaggle: I've only recently started getting into YA, and I'm finding that if the topic is more grounded in realty (with just a whiff of sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal flavoring it), I'm more likely to read it. Which is why I look forward to reading "Invisible".


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