An interview by
After reading Laura Griffin's new release, THREAD OF FEAR, Jennifer was tickled to be granted an interview with Laura Griffin!
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Posted October 9, 2008
Laura: Thanks for inviting me, Jennifer! I always wanted to write
books, but after graduating from college, being a fiction author didn't seem
like a realistic way to pay the bills. So I got a "real job" working as a
Jennifer: I understand that journalism had you travelling to several different parts of the world. Will we see some of those places in your future stories?
Laura: I've lived in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Argentina, which
are all amazing backdrops for stories. Those are such dramatic settings
(especially the Philippines), they would work well for a suspense plot.
Jennifer: Do any of the stories you covered as a reporter find their way into your fiction novels?
Laura: Absolutely. The first one that comes to mind is THREAD OF
FEAR. I feel like I've had that book in my head since my first summer as a
reporter when I covered a child abduction case in Tennessee. That was the
toughest story I've ever covered.
Jennifer: Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
Laura Most of my ideas come from real life. I'm kind of a news junkie, so I'm
constantly clipping articles that are quirky or make me think, "Hmm, what
if...?" I stockpile newspapers, to my family's annoyance.
Jennifer: Do you have playlists for each novel you write? If so, do you play those songs while writing or do you prefer working with silence?
Laura: Wow, I didn't realize this was something common among
writers. Yes, I do sort of have "playlists" because for each story, I tend to
have certain songs that evoke the characters or setting.
Jennifer: What is your ideal writing environment? Does your current workspace come close to that?
Laura: Uh, no. I have small children. So my ideal working
environment is a noisy coffee shop with my phone set to vibrate. I can tune out
lots of noise and no one asks me to make them a snack.
Jennifer: What usually comes to you first, the characters or the plot?
Laura: I usually start with a character, then throw them into some
sort of perilous situation and they react according to their personality.
Jennifer: How would you say journalism and fiction writing are similar and how are they different?
Laura: In both types of writing, I believe it's important to keep
the story moving forward and get to the point. Most people I know are so busy,
they dont' have time to sit down with something that takes 200 pages to get
Jennifer: Can you share a little about your new book THREAD OF FEAR with us?
Laura Thread of Fear is about Fiona Glass, a forensic artist who is on the
brink of a career change when she gets pulled into a murder investigation in
south Texas. It's a romantic suspense.
Jennifer: I noticed that there will be a sequel to THREAD OF FEAR. Can you tell us much about the sequel yet?
Laura: Whisper of Warning (the sequel) is the story of Fiona's
sister, Courtney. She's been a fun character to write because she's pretty over
the top at times.
Jennifer: Are most of the books you read in the same genre you write in?
Laura: I read mysteries, true crime, forensics books, literary
fiction. But my passion is romantic suspense.
Jennifer: Many of us find new authors by recommendation of our own favorite authors. What authors would we find on your bookshelf?
Laura: My fiction collection is fairly eclectic. Here's a sample:
Suzanne Brockmann, Lee Child, Patricia Cornwell, Jennifer Crusie, David Guterson,
Tami Hoag, Linda Howard, Karen Robards, Karin Slaughter, J.D. Salinger.
Jennifer: Are any of your books a special favorite? If so, what about that story makes it your favorite?
Laura: I don't have a favorite because every time I sit down to
write a story, I get so attached to the characters and hate saying goodbye at
the end. It's that way from book to book.
Jennifer: Are any of your characters inspired by real people?
Laura: I've met some amazing people in law enforcement. Probably
the most inspirational has been Lois Gibson, the forensic artist who shared her
experiences with me while I researched THREAD OF FEAR. She's such a gifted
person and has touched so many lives.
Jennifer: Laura, thank you so much for interviewing with us! Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
Laura: I love to talk to readers! Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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