Tristan Bancks is a children’s and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking. His books include the My Life series, Mac Slater (Australia and US) and Two Wolves (On the Run in the US), a crime-mystery novel for middle-graders. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. It also won the YABBA and KOALA Children’s Choice Awards. Tristan’s new books are My Life & Other Weaponised Muffins (February 2017), a fifth book of weird-funny-gross, semi-autobiographical short stories and The Fall (May 2017), a new thriller novel for ages 10+. Tristan is a writer-ambassador for world-changing literacy charity Room to Read. He is excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. You can connect with him, learn more about his books, play games, watch videos and help him try to change the world here at www.tristanbancks.com
Here’s a short video about new thriller novel THE FALL (29 May 2017, Penguin Random House Australia)
LIKES: Writing, reading, watching movies, playing sport, the beach, beach soccer, ice cream, fish tacos, theme parks, funny people, lightning storms, travel, simplicity, New York City, spicy food, eating mangos, making movies, drinking smoothies, listening to Keane, Band of Horses, Phoenix, Foals and Flight Facilities. Supporting Room to Read, sleeping, discovering a new city, getting lost in a story, Ben and Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
FAVOURITE BOOKS: The Body – Stephen King, Fighting Ruben Wolfe – Markus Zusak, My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George, The Bugalugs Bum Thief – Tim Winton, The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger, Unreal – Paul Jennings, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne, Hatchet – Gary Paulsen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl, Tomorrow When the War Began – John Marsden
WEIRD FACT: Had appendix removed when I was nine years-old in order to avoid detention with the school librarian. (Scab, a story in My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up is based on this.)
INSPIRED BY: John Wood & Erin Ganju (Room to Read), Shunryu Suzuki, John Steinbeck, Barack & Michelle Obama, Joseph Campbell, Roald Dahl, Martin Scorsese, Kevin Spacey, Sean Penn, Jean Craighead George, Peter Singer, Ken Robinson, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sidney Lumet, TED.com
I am also constantly inspired by my sons, the students I meet in schools and by many of my friends and collaborators: Amber Melody, Charlton Hill, Gus Gordon, Jennie Orchard, Mihiri Udabage, Zoe Walton, Kimberley Bennett, Ben Train, John Boyne, Paul MacDonald and many others.
IF I WASN’T DOING THIS… I’d be making movies, bringing stories to life in interactive ways online. My astronaut and rock star dreams have been crushed. Story is all I have.
Ten Fun Things I Did in My Shady TV Past
1. Whitewater rafting and canyoning in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Scotland, in winter.
2. Interviewing Kevin Spacey, one of my favourite actors.
3. Training at a London fire brigade training facility.
4. Micro-lighting, bungy-jumping, hang-gliding, ultra-lighting, ballooning.
5. Hosting world record attempts for the UK’s Don’t Try This at Home.
6. Snowboarding and wind-surfing.
7. Eating kangaroo, crocodile and ants (I was supposed to be vegetarian at the time).
8. Tasting durian, the world’s most disgraceful smelling fruit.
9. Riding in and on camels, surfboards, planes, rollercoasters and 4-wheel-drives.
10. Road-testing five alternative nit cures on kids in schools (like mayo & mouthwash).