Tristan Bancks

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Tristan Bancks is an author with a background in acting and filmmaking. He loves the beach, space, New York City, making movies, flying, ice cream, theme parks and mind-blowing inventions. Mac Slater Hunts the Cool was his first book for middle-graders. He lives in Australia.

Photograph by Amber Melody

Books by this Author

Mac Slater vs. the City
Mac Slater Hunts the Cool


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. ‘Be Scary’ I borrowed it from filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Spy Kids) and it became Mac Slater’s motto in 'Mac Slater Hunts the Cool', too.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, Authenticity, Fun

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. My energy and juice

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day Lewis) in Gangs of New York. Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey) in Swimming With Sharks. Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) in King of Comedy.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Writing about my fears because then they might come true, si?

Author Voices

April 13, 2011

I woke up this morning inside my book.
Let me explain.

I wrote a Middle-Grade book called 'Mac Slater vs. The City' and it's set in New York. It's out this week. I wrote it in a small beach town on the other side of the world. East Coast Australia. An ex-hippy town called Byron Bay.

For research and inspiration I used photos and video and mad jottings from a previous visit to NYC years before. Before I ever knew I'd write a book, let alone one set in New York. I used dozens of books on NY and Google Maps Street View and the Times Square live webcams to make me feel close to the city as I wrote.

And in some wild act of... see more

May 25, 2010

I tend to start with a story idea and I find the character as I write. I know that ‘real writers’ are supposed to start with characters and then discover the story. That sometimes happens for me but, mostly, the characters reveal themselves to me over time. I have a friend, an excellent writer, who says that all his young male characters start out in his mind looking like Jethro from TV show The Beverly Hillbillies then, slowly, as he writes, they de-Jethrofy themselves. I don’t have the Jethro problem but my characters certainly start out 2D and then, at a certain point, I realise that they’re alive. I can feel them. I... see more

April 29, 2010

The Vision Board is an amazing creative tool. I have a folder that sits on my desktop and when I see an image that I like on the web I just drag and drop it in there. I have a general life Vision Board full of inspirational images that drive me. Then I have a Board for each creative project. The Vision Board was incredibly useful in the writing of my Middle-Grade novel, Mac Slater Hunts the Cool (out April 6). Mac Slater is an inventor and a Coolhunter. The books are crammed with new inventions, ideas, technology, forms of transport, clothes and creativity. Every time I found an image that looked like something Mac would love... see more

March 17, 2010

In my book, Mac Slater Hunts the Cool (out April) Mac is trying to work out what ‘cool’ is,whether it matters, and if he cares about it. He finds something on ‘Flow’ onthe web. ‘Flow’ is that feeling when you’re so involved in what you’re doingthat the rest of the world melts away. You forget about time. I was speaking toa friend on the weekend, Gus Gordon, a talented author / illustrator, and hetried to capture why he writes and he explained this exact feeling. Andthis is why I write, too. Every day I show up, waiting for the moment (or hour) that I‘disappear’ and my whole world becomes... see more

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