Q&A: Maya Banks

Posted by Goodreads on March 20, 2017
In a crisis we'd want the men of Maya Banks' Kelly Group International (KGI) on our side. The minimum qualifications for joining the KGI: "High intelligence, rock-hard body, and a military background." Need we say more?

It's been seven years since Banks kicked off her action-packed KGI romantic suspense series with The Darkest Hour, but there are always more bad guys to take down, more sinister secrets to reveal…and more hunky heroes lost without love. In Brighter Than the Sun, the 11th installment in the series, Joe thinks he doesn't care about finding his "happily ever after" until mysterious, gorgeous Zoe turns his life upside down. Can the two stay alive long enough to fall for each other?

Banks, who's also known for her Breathless and McCabe books, answers your questions about how she shuts down haters, why she wouldn't cut it in the KGI (friendly fire alert!), and where she gets all her inspiration for her hilarious, irresistible heroes.

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Michelle: Have you ever wanted to step into the shoes of one of your KGI heroines, catching bad guys and living a life of danger?

Maya Banks: Oh no, not even for a minute! LOL. I hate conflict and chaos in my personal life. I couldn't handle being a KGI character. I'd have a complete meltdown. And I'd probably end up shooting one of my own teammates….

Sonya: The KGI books are some of my all-time favorites. At the end of each one, I have to go to your website and see if you have posted when the next book will be out! Would you ever want a film or television adaptation of the series? I would love to see those gorgeous brothers and their teammates come to life!

MB: I would love to see a KGI movie based on my books. I actually had a film rights agent contact my agent a while back because he was interested in pitching KGI to producers/directors, but I've heard nothing more. As of right now, it's not going to happen; though, I'd love to be able to watch KGI come to life in a movie!

Gina: Did you know from the very beginning that KGI was going to be a ten-plus book series?

MB: Yep. I had so many ideas floating around in my head. Heck, I even knew from the very first book that Rusty would eventually end up with Sean; though, she was only 15 years old then. (Sean is eight years older than her for anyone who is curious.) And I also knew from book one that the series would end with Rusty and Sean's book. For me, it has to be that way: an epic—and hopefully awesome—story so that readers can walk away from the series on a high and happy note.

Kathleen: Maya, you have written so many great books, both historical and contemporary! While you've stuck to contemporary more recently, are you planning to return to historical romances?

MB: Absolutely. I have two more historical romances contracted with the publisher who releases my Slow Burn series, but they had to fit them into a very busy publication schedule. Right now I believe my next historical romance will be out in 2018.

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Katrina: What made you want to become a writer?

MB: I simply love storytelling. To be honest, I've always written for me. Even when I was very young, I would write full-length novels in five-subject notebooks. What I would write were things I very much wanted to read—but couldn't find anywhere. So I said to myself, "Heck, I'll just write the story I want to read so badly." And so that's what I've always done. Each and every story I write is because it's a story I love and want to share with others.

Jorisla: Hello, Maya! I am an avid reader of romance, but whenever I bring it up, people ridicule the genre. As a writer in the genre, how do you make people understand that what you write is serious?

MB: Honestly? I don't try to convince people of anything. I know I'm not going to change their minds. Quite frankly, whether or not they feel I have a "real" job or not, I simply don't care about their opinion. I'm not going to waste my time trying to convince them otherwise. If someone makes a comment like that to me, I usually just smile and say, "Well, in my opinion, it's the perfect job because I get to stay at home in my pajamas and work on my schedule. And I get paid a lot of money to make up shit." LOL! That usually shuts them up because who wouldn't want a job with so much freedom?

Rossella: What is your favorite time of day to write? In the morning, afternoon, or at night? Thank you—and a huge kiss from Italy!

MB: I am so not a morning person. *shudder* I'm a total night owl. That's when I do most of my writing; although, I do work during the day, too. I just feel like I'm more productive at night.

Dhanashree: I have always admired your novels, especially the KGI series! All of your books have strong male characters and are written in their POV, too. What's the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex? Is writing from a male perspective more difficult than writing from a female POV?

MB: I've always been "one of the guys." Throughout school and even after, I was best friends with all the guys and was treated just like one of the guys—and this has continued into my adult life. It's really hilarious to hear what a group of rough-looking, manly men talk about around the fire at the deer camp. Trust me, no one would believe me if I had some of my male characters talk about some of the ridiculously hilarious things that grown men really talk about when women aren't around.

So to answer your question, writing in a male POV is very natural for me because I'm around guys all the time. It amuses me when a reader will say, "OMG. No way a guy would actually say that in real life." Just because the guys she's acquainted with act or speak in a different manner doesn't mean that all men talk or act like that. I just write what I know based on my experiences, my observations, and my conversations with guys.

Mary: I'm a HUGE fan of the KGI series. I was wondering if you would ever write another series in a similar vein. I will miss KGI so much after the last book comes out!

MB: I actually have a series sort of in the vein of the KGI series that I'm publishing right now. The first four books in the Slow Burn series have already been released, and the fifth will come out this May.

GR: If you were lost in a jungle, which one of your characters would you want to have beside you?

MB: Surely I get two? I don't care if I'm cheating. I'd want Steele and Hancock!

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message 1: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Foley Hi Maya, love your book, haven't read your historical ones yet, but I'm going to get right on that.
Thank You, for your stories

message 2: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Thomas Will you be writing a book for Sean and Rusty?

message 3: by Rory (new)

Rory I enjoyed the interview. Keep writing Maya :o)

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