April 16, 2012

Guest Post: Q&A with Laura Griffin

I'm super excited to welcome back Laura Griffin, bestselling author of the Tracers series.

New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is the author of ten novels and has won numerous awards, including a RITA Award for Whisper of Warning. Laura lives in Austin, where she is working on the next book in her popular Tracers series.

Laura welcome to Reading with Monie. It’s great to have you back.

1. Please tell us a little more about your latest book Twisted (read my review).

It’s great to be back, Monie!

TWISTED is about rookie detective Allison Doyle, who is working her first big murder case when she meets FBI profiler Mark Wolfe. Although Allison’s police department thinks they’ve got their murder case figured out, Mark convinces Allison that they’re looking at the wrong guy. Mark believes the real murderer is a serial killer he’s been hunting for years.

2. Do you have more books in the Tracer series planned?

I’ve been so thrilled with the response to the series, and my publisher has asked me to do at least three more books. After TWISTED, next up is SCORCHED, which comes out in the fall.

3. How much research do you normally do for your novels?

I love the research because I get to meet interesting people in the fields of law enforcement and forensic science. For TWISTED, I interviewed police officers and did a ride-along so I could get a sense of the day-to-day nature of the job. Touring the FBI Academy and talking to special agents helped me better understand the character of Mark Wolfe.

4. How did you come to be involved in the anthologies you’re featured in and is writing for an anthology very different from writing a full novel?

Writing short is so different from writing a full-length book. You really have to get straight to the point and start the action without delay. My publisher recently released the Tracers novella UNSTOPPABLE as an ebook, and that’s been fun. Also, my short story “Nightfall” was in the GUNS AND ROSES anthology. This summer I have a short story starring a Navy SEAL that will be featured in the LOVE IS MURDER anthology, put together by the authors of International Thriller Writers.

I like short stories and novellas because they give me a chance to reach readers who may be looking to sample a new author.

5. Do you have any plans to add books to your Glass Sister or Borderline series?

A lot of readers have asked about Kate Kepler from ONE WRONG STEP. I would love to write her story sometime down the road, but right now I have my hands full with the Tracers series. The Glass Sisters series sort of segued into the Tracers series because my first Tracers book, UNTRACEABLE, features a character from WHISPER OF WARNING. My stories have a tendency to overlap!

6. Do you have a favorite read from 2011?

Hmm… that’s a tough one. I really enjoyed RED MIST by Patricia Cornwell. And my daughter got me to read THE HUNGER GAMES, which was very entertaining. We saw the movie together, and it was fun to see it translated to the big screen.

7. Where can readers find you online?

I love to talk to readers! Find me here:

Twittter: @Laura_Griff




Nora said...

Sounds intriguing!!! I was about to say you really like Laura Griffin books, as I have noticed her name pop up allot on your reviews, then I read where you said you loved reading her books...lol