About Laura Griffin
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. newspaper reporter, teacher, research assistant at an art museum, substitute teacher
Q. Favorite job
A. My LEAST favorite job was substitute teaching. But I think everyone should do it because it teaches you to think on your feet.
Q. High school and/or college
A. 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.