Thursday, July 13, 2006

Interview with Jackie Griffey, Author of THE DEVIL IN MARYVALE

Jackie Griffey is a published writer, she and her husband, Jim, live in Arkansas where she is now working on a cozy mystery. Her books are available on the net from to Wal-Mart or type Jackie Griffey into Search for quick click to her page ( ) or blog ( - Breaktime With Jackie) for more information on her six books now in print and those upcoming.


TWL: When did your passion for writing begin?

Jackie: I joined The Penpoint writing group in 1993 and have been enjoying writing, all things related ever since, including research and the friendship of other writers - and reading their wonderful books!

TWL: Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

Jackie: I check my e-mail - do what must be done immediately - bread to eat and run errands with my husband. Duties done, I work until four or five o'clock unless something is pressing like a deadline on an edit. This is seven days a week unless family and other duties call me away.

TWL: Do you write full time?

Jackie: Yes. And it seems to be paying off, at last. I have two books with Zumaya; two with Airleaf; two now under contract with another publisher 'in the works.' Publishing dates to be announced.

TWL: Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Jackie: The latest already in print and available on the net and is the first of my Maryvale cozy mystery series, THE DEVIL IN MARYVALE. Logline: "Sheriff Cas Larkin investigates a brutal stabbing, from a trailer park on the industrial side of town to the Pine County Country Club. Uncovering the town's darkest secrets he incurs the wrath of the Pine County Judge and sets a trap for the killer in their midst." The town includes some 'gifted' citizens, the first novel introduces a psychic, the second, THE NELSON SCANDAL a mediau ho holds a seance; RECIPE FOR Trouble, a healer. There will be more of this series. THE DEVIL IN MARYVALE is available at for $9.95. It is also available from Double Dragon Publishing as an e-book on Fictionwise. Double Dragon also has my horror novel, WELCOME TO LAZARUS available on Fictionwise.

TWL: Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

The Devil in Maryvale-Airleaf Pub. The Nelson Scandal-Airleaf Pub. Recycling Humanity-Airleaf Pub. Memphis in Our Hearts-Zumaya Pub. Once Burned-Zumaya Pub. Recipe for Trouble-Five Star (TBA) Spanish Eyes-Five Star (TBA) All of these publishers are really wonderful to work with, different ones like different things, I try to give them what they want. I'm very pleased with all of them.

TWL: Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

Jackie: I write mostly mysteries, because that's what I like to read. I enjoy romance-suspense also, and of course, anything with humor. To give you a hint: Memphis in Our Hearts took more research than any of my others and if you liked Gone With the Wind, you will enjoy it. Logline: "To the aftermath of the Civil War, Reconstruction, the onset of the yellow fever epidemic, and a society deaf to women, Jamai Allen must add a friend accused of murder."

TWL: Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?

Jackie: Amazon, word of mouth, SinC and other orgs, every place I can tell people about my books on the net. Successful? I know I've missed my chance to grow up to be Mary Higgins Clark, but I'm selling some books - and several people in my home town have bought them all and are waiting on my next book - bless-em!

TWL: Do you have a mentor?

Jackie: Many fellow writers and friends, to enjoy and learn from. We help each other What future projects do you have in the works? A romance and another Maryvale cozy mystery, plus promoting my scripts. I turned my horror novel into a script recently, attended the Arkansas Writers Conference June 2 - 3 and took first prize in the screenwriting contest over some really tough competition, so now I'm trying to find an agent for it. Wish me luck!

TWL: Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

Jackie: Keep writing. Keep sending things out. Keep rewriting. Keep proofing. Keep busy. You'll get there.

TWL: What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

Jackie: Considering all the other things you have to do, family, duty, recreation, how does writing rate on a l-10 scale?A. 6 or 7 - unless and edit is due, then it's ten till I get it done!

TWL: Thank you, Jackie!


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Monday, July 10, 2006

Literary Agent Anne Hawkins in TWL Author Talks!

Just a heads up for those interested in asking Anne Hawkins of John Hawkins Literary Agency questions, head on over to TWL Author Talks! Anne will be there all week answering questions about their literary agency and whatever other questions that might arise. Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Are You Looking for an Agent?

I just had to stop and post this. In a search for something entirely different, I stumbled upon a website called It will show you at what lengths someone will go to find an agent in this competitive field. And, I'm talking competitive.

I thought it was a rather smart idea, actually, but will this approach find him an agent? Guess we'll just have to see, but you have to give him kudos for going out on the NY subway and handing out copies of one of his books. For free. For attention. For the main purpose of hopefully one of those copies will go out in the right hands.

I think I'd be hesitant, though, to put my stuff on the Internet like that for fear of plagiarism, but I guess if it works for him, then it's worth that shot for stardom. I'd be curious to see how this one pans out.