Laura Griffin Revealed
About Laura Griffin
What is your birthdate?:1/1
Previous occupations:newspaper reporter, teacher, research assistant at an art museum, substitute teacher
Favorite job:My LEAST favorite job was substitute teaching. But I think everyone should do it because it teaches you to think on your feet.
High school and/or college:Vanderbilt University, grad school at Texas State University
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. I think happiness is doing what you want to do, not what you have to do. And I think very few people are lucky enough to do that.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. Heights make me dizzy, so it amazes me that I let my college roommate talk me into skydiving. I thought I would have a heart attack, and then it was one of the most exhilarating things I've ever done.
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. At the beach drinking a margarita.
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. Wow, what a downer question. I think my biggest regret that I'll share on the Internet is being offered a free (free!!) ticket to see U2 on their Joshua Tree tour. And then my mother told me I was much too young to go to a rock concert.
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. I would love to be able to play a musical instrument. And as long as this is fantasy, why not the violin? I saw a violin concert once that brought tears to my eyes.
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. I think I'm most proud of the fact that I refused to give up on my dreams (of becoming an author) even when nothing was going my way and it seemed like a futile endeavor.
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. Thankfully, nothing. I don't stand out in a crowd. I much prefer to hang back and observe people.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Favorite fictional hero... there are so many amazing men in fiction. Ha. But I might have to go with Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye, even though he's kind of an anti-hero.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. Of all the villains in fiction, I might have to say Hannibal Lecter. The genius of Lecter is that Thomas Harris created a terrifying villain with a sympathetic side. Anyone who saw the movie Silence of the Lambs knows what I mean... Who wasn't rooting for Lecter to take out the psychologist at the end of the film?
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. I can't stand long-winded phone messages.
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. When I'm not writing, I love to read--newspapers, magazines, books. Actually, I have a very expensive book habit. And, maybe because I have so many author friends, I can't bring myself to buy books used, so it really adds up.
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. I would love to be in some kick-ass law enforcement job. But I guess writing about people who are is the next best thing.
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. chocolate pecan pie
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. I have favorite artists, not songs, because I love to listen to albums straight through. I love U2, Coldplay, Patty Griffin, Allison Krauss and Union Station, Dave Matthews. U2 would have to be my favorite. They're mesmerizing in concert.
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. There are so many! A sample from my bookshelves: Suzanne Brockmann, Patricia Cornwell, Jennnifer Crusie, Joan Didion, Lisa Gardner, David Guterson, (can you tell I have them alphabetized?), Tami Hoag, Larry McMurtry, J.D. Salinger, Edith Wharton.
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger) Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Didion) Lonesome Dove (McMurtry) The House of Mirth (Wharton) Snow Falling on Cedars (Guterson)
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. Catcher in the Rye... and it's the one book I won't lend out because I'm very attached to my dog-eared copy.
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Develop a thick skin and don't give up.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. The best compliment I ever got was from a reader who said she got so hooked on my books, she read them by flashlight during a weeklong power outage after Hurricane Ike.
- Q. How did you come to write Thread of Fear?
- A. The idea for THREAD OF FEAR crept up on my while I watched a news broadcast about a child abduction in Utah. What captivated my attention most was not the kidnapping itself, but the forensic artist who helped solve the crime. For the life of me I could not imagine how the artist was able to sit down with a child (the victim's younger sister) and create a life-like portrait of the perpetrator--all based on the little girl's brief glimpse. I started researching forensic art, and the character of Fiona Glass came to life. She's a highly sensitive and intuitive person who has a knack for interviewing traumatized children and rape victims. The stories they tell her haunt her every day, but she cares too much about her work to give it up.