INTERVIEW WITH JACKIE GRIFFEY
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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com 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
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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