We weren’t surprised to learn publishers jumped at the chance to work with Banks, nor were we shocked that her first draft was 1000 pages long. But then there was the comparison to a “teen Tony Robbins”, the discussion of dystopian fiction, and also this:
Did you make any time to relax?
Honestly, chilling for me was eating a meal. I couldn’t just look at the ocean. And in hindsight that wasn’t healthy. How can I say this without tearing up? I got a little alopecia from the stress.
Honestly, reading about her process stressed us out! Also, her mom “liked that she felt me, that kind of gay male thing that I do” in the book. Oh, boy.