Author Gillian Felix stopped by Authors & Readers Book Corner to share her new title The Banovic Siblings.
Gillian Felix has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She enjoys creating characters that could be your next-door neighbor, but would you want them as your neighbor is another story. Originally from the island of Trinidad and Tobago, Miss Felix moved to the United States in 1998. Since then she has been involved in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years. Her experience ranges from script supervisor to production manager on many independent features. She is trained in the Meisner and Stanislavski technique of acting, which she credits as an asset to her character development and writing. Miss Felix is an entrepreneur and advocate for children’s and women’s rights.
Q & A with Gillian Felix
How did you become a writer?
I have always written. As a kid creative writing was one of my favorite subjects. I got my highest marks in that subject. Growing up I was told you have to “get a real job”. I’ve had ‘real’ jobs and it always brought me back to writing. I worked at a television studio writing Prime time news, it was fun at first but then it got depressing. I tried to put a positive spin on the stories but that’s not what ‘news’ is about.
How did you come up with your title?
The Banovic Siblings (Friends & Liars) is the second novel in the Family Portrait series. This book deals closely with the lives of the Banovic Siblings, readers get to know them better, and the messes they get themselves into.
They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
The cover was designed by Sherrian Felix and illustrated by Kendell Clarke. Sherrian is the story editor, she wanted something that was artistic, yet minimalistic, she didn’t want the usual sexually suggestive covers like every book in this genre. She felt that the book had lots of classic lines used by the characters, and she wanted to incorporate that on the cover, she wanted it to be broken and twisted like the characters. It is one of my favorite covers. It definitely stands out in its genre. I don’t know if it is a good thing or bad yet because the book is still very new on the market. I’ve had a couple of fans say they love it.
What are you hoping readers take from your book?
I just want them to have a good time reading it. Enjoy the characters and situations. It’s a fun, quick read that I think they’ll enjoy. They might even identify with some of the characters.
What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
The excerpt chapter (Chapter 19: Cocktails and Dreams) was my favorite because there is so much going on there. We have the girl L’Wren who has a secret crush on Kevin; Kevin feels the same but is doing the mating dance so to speak. They finally have a flirtatious conversation and both walk away happy. L’Wren gets home to a surprise visit from her abusive boyfriend. She knows what’s coming because he’s insanely jealous and insecure. Her wonderful and innocent evening turns scary when he roughs her up. Her step mom in an unexpected move saves the day. People who have read the book were pleasantly surprised by that. For me writing the scene was emotional because you feel happy for her when she and Kevin finally connect, then I had to switch when she gets home to fear and anxiety. It was my favorite chapter to write not necessarily the most fun chapter.
Why did you feel you had to write this book?
This book is part of a series. After reading the first one readers wanted to know when the second one would be released.
Are you an avid or occasional reader? If so, what is your favorite genre of books?
I am an avid reader. I would like to read more but I have less time than I’d like to read. I read most genres. As long as I am hooked in the first few chapters then I’ll continue.
If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
I am proud to say I have interviewed one on my favorite authors, Gavin Weston (http://www.plaintalkbm.com/10qs-with-gavin-weston-author-of-the-remarkable-novel-harmattan/). He wrote the book that changed my life called Harmattan. Harmattan is a story of an 11 year old girl who becomes a child bride. It was heartbreaking, I cried for days. Since then, I have been involved in raising awareness of child marriage. The story was based on true events that he as an NGO witnessed.
If you could make a movie out of one of your books, which one would it be?
I have a book that is called You Sang to Me. It is a romance. I haven’t released it yet. I started with this series first because for some reason there was a strong desire to do this one first. Even though You Sang to Me was written years before this.
What new projects are you working on?
I am working on the 3rd novel in the Family Portrait series.
Where can readers find you?
About The Book
Banovic Siblings – Friends & Liars
College boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him. After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.
Bad girl Adriana Banovic is pleased with herself for getting her nemesis expelled from Westwood Academy. As feelings between her and her latest victim Haze Lyndon escalate, an unexpected rival discovers her secret and threatens to expose her. With emotions on the line, will her new rival beat her at her own game or end up another casualty of Adriana’s wrath?
Zax Banovic has it all. Tall and handsome, he’s an academic genius, with a killer smile and a heart of gold. When his best friend gets into trouble, he feels responsible and covers for him. But his best friend is not as honorable and has other plans for Zax.
The Banovic Siblings learn that blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving. This is the second book in the Family Portrait novel series.
If you like shows like the original Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210 and Nashville, where the guys and girls are hot and the schemes are hotter, you will like The Banovic Siblings.