Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work.
Today, Kathy Griffith – Kathy Griffith is an author of a ‘”certain age” who came to the actual process rather late in life, but she thought about it plenty. She lives in Colorado and has three daughters and six grandchildren, all of whom roll their eyes at her eccentric ways. She has a soft spot for bisensual vampires, and writes about them whenever she can.
Thanks so much, Kathy, for joining me!
J. Scott Coatsworth: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Kathy Griffith: I wanted to be an Egyptologist (yeah 🙂 ) then when I was in high scoll, I wanted to be an actor, and I wqas for a while.
JSC: When did you know you wanted to write, and when did you discover that you were good at it?
KG: I wanted to write when I was a teenager, but I didn’t start until five years ago. I finished my first book, The Ancient, and–I thought, this is pretty damn good 🙂
JSC: If I were a Hollywood producer about to put your book on the big screen, who would you want me to cast as the leads? Why? And can we have pictures to drool over?
KG: I’ve only casted The Ancient in my head, but Alasdair would be Daniel Henney with a long braid and a kilt, of course. Bruce would be Jackson Davis, and Dr. Jeffrey would be Marcus Patric <3 (please find photos of each attached)
JSC: How would you describe your writing style/genre?
KG: I write LGBT paranormal; and I usually edit as I go, page by page. Then when I finish, all it needs is one readthrough before betas get it.
JSC: If you could sit down with one other writer, living or dead, who would you choose, and what would you ask them?
KG: I’d choose Ray Bradbury <3 I would want to ask him how he tapped into his childhood so effortlessly.
JSC: What was your first published work? Tell me a little about it.
KG: My first work was The Ancient, and I got the idea for it from a newspaper article that described one of the oldest houses in history, found in the Scottish Highlands. My “what if” tripped then, and I had tremendous fun crafting Alasdair Connery, a ten thousand year old Scottish vampire that emigrated from Asia over British landbridge.
JSC: Were you a voracious reader as a child?
KG: Yes indeed. My mom taught me how to read when I was four, and I never looked back. I would read at least ten books a week, and these are library books 🙂 I always had a book in my hand.
JSC: What’s your writing process?
KG: I write with music–instrumental for writing and lyric for editing. I usually start at nine and end whenever I lose myh mojo 🙂 I write by scene, kind of like a movie. I’m a pantser.
JSC: What’s your greatest weakness as a writer?
KG: Thinking I’m not good enough, that I can’t do this. When that happens, I take the time to wallow for a few, then I pick up one of my books and leaf through it, telling myself that Yes, I can indeed do this, because I’ve done it before 🙂
JSC: What are you working on now, and when can we expect it?
KG: I’m working on my third City Circle story, Chicago Circle, and hope to have it out in one more week, by the middle of the month. Then it’s time for Vows Of Heaven, my m/m Hamlet contemporary adaption 🙂
And now for Kathy’s new book: Sins of the Sire:
Craig and Carl, happily bonded, married, and deep into their vampire existence, are surprised and gratified about the stunning success of their Broadway play, Talk Show, and see nothing but good things ahead—
–until an offer comes to bring the show across the pond to London.
Carl hasn’t been to London, nor Oxford, since he was turned hundreds of years ago, and he’s reluctant to tempt fate. He most definitely doesn’t wish to see his maker, the ancient Celt Ninian Na Connacht, again but—this is business. Craig understands that reluctance, having seen those terrible pictures in his head when he and Carl had first met, but the rest of the crew, including Oz, their director and the third member of their vampire triad, can’t stop talking about it.
Against his better judgment, Carl reluctantly agrees to the one week limited run, thinking he’ll just stay away from Oxford and hide out at the theatre. After all, it’s been almost six hundred years, and Ninian has undoubtedly moved on.
One thing he failed to take into consideration, however, is his mother in law…
Kathy is giving away an eBook copy of either Talk Of The Town or The Ancient, winner’s choice.
The muted crackling of the intercom brought him out of his reverie, and he hit the receive button with a disgusted air.
“You have a student up here requesting access, Dr. O’Connor; a young lady.”
He closed his eyes, cringing at the modern form of his birth name, then cringing once more at the thought of dining on a female.
You must take what’s served, Ninian.
“Send her down in ten minutes, and brief her on the protocol, please.” He stabbed the End button, then sat back, running his fingers through his hair in a furtive gesture before he reluctantly took his hands off his head. He clasped them in front of him, as if he were afraid to let them go unattended.
After all these centuries, he still missed his long locks.
Kathy Griffith is an author of a ‘”certain age” who came to the actual process rather late in life, but she thought about it plenty. She lives in Colorado and has three daughters and six grandchildren, all of whom roll their eyes at her eccentric ways. She has a soft spot for bisensual vampires, and writes about them whenever she can.