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WritingRoom Author Dakota Banks
What if a woman sold her soul to a demon and 300 years later wanted it back? The Mortal Path series tells the story of Maliha Crayne's quest for redemption.
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    • I have to believe that growing up in a converted turn-of-the-century funeral home, complete with blood gutters and a drain in the basement floor, warped my mind.

      I set aside all those macabre thoughts spawned by reading books in the basement at night with a flashlight and undertook a relatively normal life. College, science fiction, husband, computers, Star Trek, mortgage, fantasy, Star Wars, kids, mysteries, writing, thrillers, horror, and cats. I'm not sure in which order all those things happened, but I haven't killed off enough gray cells yet that I've forgotten any of them. That brings me up to now, or at least the last decade.

      I wrote short stories in high school and college, submitted them, and got rejection letters. I still have some of them. Writing was shelved while life ran amuck, and I came back to it in the 1990s. I published six books, all hard-edged suspense thrillers dealing with virtual reality, one of them set in a future world. None were written under the Dakota Banks name. I enjoyed these books because they were my first taste of the writing life, not to mention that they brought in some money and put 600,000 published words under my belt.

      Something was missing, though, and it took me six books to find out what the missing piece was. Although my books were highly imaginative and extrapolated then-current trends in forensic science, computer simulation, and virtual reality, they didn't go far enough. I felt hemmed in by reality.

      I needed to get back into the basement with a flashlight.

      I took a deep breath and thought about what I really wanted to do with my writing career. I had an idea that had been playing around at the edge of my mind for a while, and I decided to see what I could make of it. Combining my love of archaeology with the freedom that comes from using mythological elements in a story, I came up with the basic concepts for the Mortal Path series. Developing that world and the characters who bring it to life has been tremendously rewarding for me, and I hope the books provide pleasurable reading for you.

      I live on the western fringe of St. Louis, Missouri with my husband. Our two sons, one adopted from Peru and the other from Ethiopia, are in college. My cats Peanut and Marble sometimes ghostwrite my books. Good stuff, too, if you speak Cat.

      I'm a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, the Horror Writers Association, and Mystery Writers of America.


        • Some of my favorite authors are James Rollins, Kim Harrison, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Vicki Pettersson, Jeaniene Frost, David Baldacci, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jeffery Deaver, Lisa Gardner, and Laurell K. Hamilton.

        • Lord of the Rings, Ghandi, Next, The Fifth Element, Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, Stargate, Ben Hur, Frequency, Somewhere in Time, Chicago, Star Trek, Air Force One, The Fugitive, Die Hard, Carrie, Salem's Lot, Hunt for Red October, The Bourne Supremacy, When Harry Met Sally, Major League, Field of Dreams, Wall-E, Indiana Jones movies, Eagle Eye, Disturbia--You got me started, and I can't stop....

        • Bach, Beethoven, Handel, The Beatles, Joan Baez, Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Mariah Carey, many other classical composers. In fact, for my desert island give me Bach and The Beatles. Period.

        • Fringe, Bones, CSI, Law & Order, Criminal Minds, Supernatural, Dexter, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, The Simpsons, Medium

        • Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou

        • Reading, photography, loves all animals but especially cats

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      Roxanna   Roxanna wrote
      on 6/29/2011 6:21:47 AM
      What an interesting life!! i write poetry at the moment but have just started a kinda erotic tradgedy period drama not quite sure where its going and have just literally started but what i want to do is write fantasy i love vampires, dragons, faeries etc, my fav author is terry pratchett and id love to be able to write as he does, i look forwards to reading your work hopefully it can help me out with a better understanding of writing a fantasy book!

      AuthorCollective   AuthorCollective wrote
      on 6/4/2010 10:58:34 AM
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      fran48   fran48 wrote
      on 7/5/2009 11:23:22 AM
      Hello Dakota, I am a big fan of scifi and horror.I also write poetry,but have received several rejection letters though I have been told my poetry is pretty good.Any advice.I also write horror and fantasy short stories.Should I submit them to magazines or self publish?I admire you for returning to writing after all those years!

      WAN   WAN wrote
      on 7/2/2009 3:00:26 AM
      To all of my writing room friends By: yours truly WAN I wanted to write an acrostic poem For each and everyone As a sign of my gratitude To all of you Please tell me if it’s okay with you, This website needs a smile To make your days worthwhile so please if its okay with you please inform me thank you:) I want to start writing today:) Have a great day  Truly Yours, WAN

      WAN   WAN wrote
      on 6/29/2009 10:39:50 PM
      Goodmorning Ms. Dakota:) I'm glad you and the rest of my friends like it:) your very welcome and thank you as well, have a nice day! Hugs, WAN

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What if a woman sold her soul to a demon and 300 years later wanted it back? The Mortal Path series tells the story of Maliha Crayne's quest for redemption.
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