March 23, 2009

Q&A with Laura Griffin and Giveaways

WINNERS: Patricia in California, Vikke in Idaho & Lily in Nevada

I've been very excited about my Q&A with Laura Griffin. She is one of the best suspense authors I've read in a while and her latest, Whisper of Warning, hits the shelves Tuesday March 31st. Please join me in welcoming Laura to Reading With Monie.

Thanks so much for inviting me to your blog, Monie!

1. What books do you have in the pipeline?

The big focus for me right now is WHISPER OF WARNING, which hits bookshelves March 31. Later this year, will be UNTRACEABLE, the first book in my new Tracers Series.

2. Do you base any of your characters on people you know?

My characters are all fictional, but many have traits or foibles from people I’ve met over the years. I’m constantly people watching and listening for good anecdotes, interesting turns of phrase.

3. How did you pick a forensic artist as Fiona’s job in Thread of Fear? How much time was spent researching that field?

The character of Fiona Glass started taking shape after I caught a news broadcast about a high-profile kidnapping in Utah. I was fascinated by how a forensic artist stepped in to help solve the case, and I decided my next heroine would be a forensic artist. The work is so challenging, and the people who do it well have an amazing gift.

4. Do you schedule your writing time daily or do you just write when the ideas come?

Mornings are great for me. Sometimes I wake up with snippets in my head. By nighttime, I usually find it hard to be creative. That’s when I’d rather curl up with a book.

5. How did you choose romantic suspense as the genre you write in?

Ever since my journalism days, I’ve liked writing hard news stories. I guess mysteries come easier to me than other kinds of fiction.

6. What's the biggest obstacle you face when writing and how do you overcome it?

For me, the hardest part is letting go when the manuscript is finished. No matter how much time I spend on it, I always want to add and fine-tune things.

7. Do you have someone you share your work with as you go along or do you wait to the end to reveal it?

I share my work with my agent, then my editor. I don’t have a critique partner.

8. Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading now?

My tastes are all over the map! I just started ATONEMENT, by Ian McEwan. I enjoy literary fiction, but commercial fiction is my favorite—Linda Howard, Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, the list goes on. When I have time to read for pleasure, I want to be swept into an exciting story and really feel my pulse pound.

9. Do you have any special writing quirks? Hmm… I’m sure I do. You should probably ask my editor.

10. What’s your best reader story?

It’s always so gratifying to hear from readers. One woman told me my books provided her with a much-needed escape while she was undergoing cancer treatments. That really made my day. I love to read to get a break from the stress of day-to-day, so if I can help other people do that, I feel like I’ve done my job.

11. Has your family read all your books and what do they think?

My family has been so supportive. But I’m sure they haven’t all read everything. I’ve got a lot of engineers and computer nerds in the family, so you’d be more likely to catch some of them with a mathematics tome. My mom, bless her, reads everything the instant it comes out.

12. What character from your books would you say is your favorite and why?

I don’t have a favorite. I relate to each heroine and hero in a different way. Courtney from WHISPER OF WARNING was a roller coaster ride to write because of her larger-than-life personality. It was challenging, but also fun. And I guess that’s the point. If the writer has fun with the story, hopefully the reader will, too.

If you missed them here are my reviews of Thread of Fear and Whisper of Warning.

Laura has graciously donated 3 sets of both Thread of Fear and Whisper of Warning to be given away.

For your chance to win visit Laura's Website and enter the name of the college newspaper she wrote and edited for in the form below

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Giveaway open worldwide. Winners will be selected and announced on March 30th (that way you can run out a buy your copies on March 31st if you're not the lucky winner).

Winners will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.


Bridget said...

I've posted this contest on Win A Book. Don't enter me though.

Anonymous said...

Hi! This looks like a exciting book to read. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

ConnieJ at FR

MookieJ said...

Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Monie, these books sound really exciting. I love suspense!!! I'm not real familiar with suspense writers with the exception of Stephen King and Dean Koontz (and now Laura Griffin) I'm so grateful for your website. As I've stated before, most of these books you have reviewed I would probably not have purchased had it not been for your reviews! Thanks again and keep those reviews coming!!! I sure would love to read these two books. Even if I don't win, I am going to buy them....sounds exciting!

Anonymous said...

I added this book to my wish list a few weeks ago!! I'd love to win! Thanks for the giveaway, and the interview was great!

Anonymous said...

I love Laura Griffin! Thanks for this great interview. I was laughing hard when I read the comment on her website about having "XXX XXXXXXX" on your resume.

Anonymous said...

Oooooo, I've been to Laura's site before and I always forget to search for her books in a bookstore.

Anonymous said...

I love a great mystery & these sound like they fit the bill!

Anonymous said...

I know I will love your books. We also have the same favorite authors, the same types of books. I am sure you will also become one of my favorite authors!! I hope I am blessed enough to win but I wish my Good luck to All.

Anonymous said...

I like reading about a writer who is new to me and I am looking
forward to reading some of Laura's books.

MonieG said...

I posted the last few comments. They came in on the entry forms and I wanted to be sure Laura and everyone else would see them :)

danosor said...

Looks like a great read.Hope i win this one.

Vikke said...

I have never read a book by Laura Griffin and by reading the reviews it seems I have missed good entertainment. I would love to win a set but if that fails I will either buy a set or go to the library. I am thinking it is time to start reading more suspense/romancish (is that a word?) novels. Thank you for the review and the give away.

Anonymous said...

I love Laura's work!!!
Thanks so much for the!

Anonymous said...

These books sound great and I can't wait to read them! Thanks for having this contest and the review with Laura Griffin was really good. It's nice to hear where author's come from. :)

Anonymous said...

HI Laura, I'm going to have to get your books, they do sound really good. My mother and I both enjoy stories like this with a forensic specialist (we're fans of Cornwell's Scarpetta series, too.

MonieG said...

The last 3 were me again. :)

Christina said...

Laura seems to do a lot of research for her books, and her titles are very poetic. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Lady_Tink said...

I'm in minority here but I didn't like Atonement which is why I still haven't seen the movie. This sounds like an interesting author so I'm curious about her books. Thanks for the chance to win!

Sherri said...

This book sounds great. I read all of the authors that she mentioned as her favorites so I am definitely going to look for her work the next time I am shopping for a new read!

Sharon said...

this sounds like a great book always looking for new suspense novel to add to my growing collection

Cheryl said...

I don't usually subscribe for the newsletters, but I love to read, and I learned a lot about Laura. I definitely will check out one of her books from the Library. I think you will probably "introduce" me to more authors. Thanks.

MonieG said...

Whoo hoo!! Over 100 entries so far. More comments from entries posted above.

Karen said...

Looks great.

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