My first blog with Murder She Writes! I spent an absurd amount of time thinking up the perfect topic (and I’m measuring time in snacks here, so that’s two Ghirardelli chocolates, five leftover Dunkin’ Donut holes, and a 100-calorie pack of Goldfish as my token health food) and finally, I decided to go with my husband’s suggestion: “Why don’t you introduce yourself?”
Hmm… Sometimes simplicity is the best option. And I don’t have time to run off any more junk food tomorrow, so here goes:
I’m Laura Griffin, and the only thing I love more than writing romantic suspense is reading it. I’ve been hooked since my first Linda Howard novel. Writing is my passion, and I feel very privileged to get to do it for a living. I feel even more privileged to be in the company of the nine amazing ladies here at MSW. Thanks for inviting me to join you!
How did I end up in this business? I blame destiny and also a short attention span. If I had loved newspaper reporting a teensy bit more and been willing to cover education news in the Chicago suburbs just a few years longer, I might never have tried my hand at fiction writing. But I did, and here I am, writing stories for a living and being really, really grateful to have a job that I enjoy, although it can get stressful at times. I no longer live in Chicago, but Austin, where I am working on my latest project, and romantic suspense series for Pocket Books. I’m looking forward to getting to know the Murder She Writes authors and fans as the year gets underway. In the meantime, since it is the first week of January (well, not really, but it’s the first school week and as a mom, I live and breathe the school calendar) I thought I’d at least try to touch on something topical. So here it is:
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS. Do you have one? Let’s hear it, especially if it’s interesting or impressive. (Like quitting smoking! Go, Debra!) Here is mine: This year I resolve to do at least ONE THING way outside my comfort zone.
For me, this means anything that strikes fear in my heart and causes great anxiety or makes me call my sister for therapy or reach for an emergency bag of M & Ms. Last year, the thing I did outside my comfort zone was give a speech for the first time. If you’re a public speaking diva, this probably seems like no big deal, but for me it was terrifying. What is it with public speaking?? I won’t tell you how many nights of sleep I lost over it. But in the end, guess what? It was an amazing learning experience and (forgive the cliche) a character-building one, too.
So for this year… I’m not sure what the Something Way Outside My Comfort Zone will be, but I resolve to do it! And I’ll let you know when it happens. Probably.
My second New Year’s resolution is to read more books for pleasure, and in honor of this fabulous goal, I’m giving away a $20 gift card to Borders (it can be used online!) along with a signed copy of my latest book, UNTRACEABLE. If you’d like a chance to win, just leave a comment. Happy New Year and happy reading to everyone!