Inside the Book:
Title: Amelia's Prayer
Author: Christiane Banks
Genre: Religious Fiction
Amelia's Prayer is available for order at
The Interview:Who or what is the inspiration behind the book?
I was raised on the north east 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 and redeeming stories. It seemed a natural thing to do was to put them down into words and share them.
Is this your first published book and if so, can you tell us your experiences and finding a publisher for it?
Yes, this is my first published book, and my first time publishing. I chose to go through self-publishing/assisted publishing. I chose this route because I did a lot of research and as Amelia’s Prayer was my first novel and I am a first time unknown. Mainstream seemed to be not an option. I researched self-publishing and assisted publishing and decided on IUniverse as the best choice for me because I am a Canadian and IUniverse have a book signing – agreement with Chapters’ Indigo.
Where do you live and if I were coming to town where would we go to talk books?
I am very fortunate to live in Canada, a small town west of Toronto called Milton. It is nestled on the bottom of the Niagara escarpment where there are many beautiful trails and walks. One of my favourite is in an area named Hilton Falls on the Bruce Trail. The trail takes you to a peaceful waterfall. On the way there is a stretch of pine trees and the path meanders through them. The trees reach so high and they are so close to one another. The effect it creates in my mind is of being inside a Gothic cathedral. That is where I would take you to talk books.
When you are not writing, what do you do to relax and have fun?
I like to walk on some of our wonderful trails; listen to music and spend quality time with my husband and family, and to travel. I enjoy live theatre and acting and helping behind the scenes. I enjoy playing with my grandchildren.
Do you make a living off your books or do you have another job?
I do not make a living off my book at this time. I do have a day job, I run a mobile hair and beauty service. I mostly take care of seniors and housebound clients. I am also a licensed reflexologist.