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Martinsburg WV
About Me:
I'm an old veteran, have been writing all my life, really, but professionally since the early 60s, with somewhere around 150 published books and I can't count how many short pieces. I grew up in Ohio (Eaton, a small town), lived most of my adult life in California, Los Angeles, The San Bernardino Mountains, and San Francisco. I retired and moved to West Virginia about 3 years ago so I could write full time (after about a 20 year hiatus). I'm enjoying it now more than ever and I think I'm a better writer than I ever was, but of course, I may be prejudiced. My most recent novel was Longhorns, a gay western published this past June by the now defunct Carroll and Graf. Wildside Press is reissuing about 20 of my old works, and also published a half dozen new ones; and I have a recent collection of short pieces, Come This Way, from Regal Crest, plus a new novel, Angel Land, coming from them next summer (2008). If you go to my website and click on blog, you'll find lots of stories, essays, etc. to read and, hopefully, comment on. I'm kind of new to blogging and these internet connections, but I recently joined Shelfari, which seems interesting, and I am happy to accept Patty's invitation to sign up here - she's a terrific writer.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
My tastes are so varied - I like Lori Lake, and Rick Reed, Dorien Grey, Anthony Bidulka, Caro Soles, Neil Plakcy. Mary Steward, Helen MacInnes and Mary Renault were all popular in the 50s and 60s and I still enjoy their books. I like John Sandford and Lee Child among contempary writers.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I hardly watch TV except for tournament tennis, but I watch some series on DVD - Eureka, Dexter, Prime Suspect. I like anything with Helen Mirren in it. Ditto Barbara Stanwyck. I love old movies, old time movies stars - Bette Davis, Jennifer Jones, Gene Tierney, Bogie, Gary Cooper, Marilyn - is there anyone who doesn't love Casablanca?

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At 2:41am on August 30, 2009, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Victor,
Thanks for befriending me here, too!
At 1:35am on August 28, 2009, Anne Stuessy said…
True - you can run but can no longer hide! The boys are here - underfoot actually.
At 11:37pm on August 1, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Victor, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 11:48pm on December 1, 2007, Victor J. Banis said…
Oh, goodie, I love whacking at things (to use a figure of speech)

Victor the whacker
At 11:28pm on December 1, 2007, Todd Robinson said…
Thanks for JOINing the party. The pinata will be out momentarily.
At 3:31am on November 20, 2007, Victor J. Banis said…
Is there some way to delete spam? I just got the "I want to send yoiu 6 million" routine.

At 9:09am on October 25, 2007, Victor J. Banis said…
No, no, they didn't want me. I tried 3 times to join. The first time, I didn't read some letters right - I don't see very well. The 2nd time, they said I could only use small case letters in my user ID. I changed the letters all to small case, and I got a message that said I could only use small case letters - well, I don't know how to make small case letters any smaller, so I bowed out. There is probably some secret to it all, but basically, if it doesn't make sense to me, why would I want to join?
At 8:35am on October 25, 2007, Patty G. Henderson said…
LOL. I'm just learning how to manuever. Who knows, you might get invited a 3rd time! LOL. Thanks, twice over.
At 5:37am on October 25, 2007, Peg Herring said…
It worked, Victor. Welcome to our world!

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