Catherine Banner started writing the outline of her book when she was just 14-years old. Five years later, this 19-year old has not one but a trilogy (series of three books) in the works and there is already talk of a film version. Her first book, 'The Eyes of a King', hit bookstores earlier this week.
Catherine, who lives with her parents in Cambridge, England, has always loved reading and writing stories. She recalls stapling together papers and creating 'books' with pictures and stories when she was really young.
As she grew older, she continued to write short stories after school. Then at the age of 14, inspired by 'The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe', she got the idea for her book. She started writing her ideas whenever she had the time, sometimes even while sitting in class at school. Soon, the ideas evolved into a magical tale set in two parallel worlds - England and an imaginary land called Malonia.
At sixteen, she was fortunate enough to meet a literary agent who was interested in seeing what she had written. To her surprise, the agent found a publisher who loved the book and agreed to publish it. In fact her publisher thinks she may have found the next J.K. Rowling!
Catherine is now keeping her fingers crossed that kids love the book as much as she and her publisher do. She has already completed the second of the three books and is about to embark on the third.
Catherine, a straight 'A' student who will attend Cambridge University later this year for a degree in English, says that she will continue writing after this trilogy, but about something else. Below is a sneak preview of 'The Eyes of A King'.
THE EYES OF A KING, By Catherine Banner
The story begins with 15-year old Leo who does not have much to look forward to. He attends military school and lives with a grandmother he fears, in the country of Malonia. He has magical powers that he is afraid to use, because the rulers of Malonia would frown upon them.
Then one day, he finds a mysterious blank book in the snow that changes his life. As soon as he touches the book, he knows there is something special about it. As he opens it, he starts to 'see' different stories in the blank pages. In those, he meets two teenagers, Ryan and Anna, who live in a totally different world called England. While initially, Leo uses the book to get away from his boring life, he soon becomes so involved with the stories that they become part of his life - and slowly he, Ryan and Anna become part of the same world.
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Sources: Random House, DailMail.Co.Uk