Allistar Banks was born and raised in McCormick South Carolina. Ms. Banks is a graduate of Lander University in Greenwood, SC, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications in 2013. The Author has been featured in the Index-Journal, The Press and Banner, McCormick Messenger, and in Lander University’s magazine for her books. Ms. Banks has been featured on various print and online media as well.
LM: Tell me a little about you.
AB: My name is Allistar Banks and I am from McCormick, SC. I am a full-time author. Besides writing, I love walking in nature, listening to the top 40 music, pet sitting, bowling, stand-up comedy, playing with my rat terrier Sylvia, and spending time with family and friends.
LM: What was the inspiration for the story?
AB: The inspiration behind Lenny the Lizard and His Green Scarf was when I went through the divorce of my parents and years following that I received a green cashmere sweater that gave me comfort and peace when coping and handling my parent’s divorce.
LM: Why did you choose this title?
AB: It is a children’s book about a lizard named Lenny that shares his green scarf with his woodland friends.
LM: What did you learn while writing the book?
AB: I learned to find the positive out of a bad situation.
LM: What’s your favorite part or chapter of the book? Why?
AB: My favorite part of the book is when Lenny encourages Otter, the river otter, to keep trying to fish for fish.
LM: What were some challenges you experienced while writing this book?
AB: The tense of the book.
LM: What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?
AB: Otter, the river otter, felt happy again when wearing the green scarf despite how discouraged he felt when trying to fish for fish.
LM: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
AB: I love hiking, Pilates, local bands, and spending time with family and friends.
What advice would you tell someone who aspires to write or be an author?
Find a critique group and join Facebook groups that fall within the niche of your work.
Summary of the book
Sharing is caring as Lenny the Lizard shares his green scarf with his woodland friends Blue, the blue jay, Otter, the river otter, and Michael the mouse to help them happy again when times of trouble arise.
Book can be purchased here:
Lenny Lizard and His Green Scarf