Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: February 01, 2011

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My 13th and 14th published novels: BEFORE THE END: A Time of Demons, an apocalyptic saga from Damnation Books, June 2010. The Woman in Crimson, a vampire novel, from Eternal Press, September 2010. THE LAST VAMPIRE, an apocalytic vampire love story of a 1992 Zebra paperback author revised edition, from Damnation Books, out again in paperback and e-book, October 2010; THE HEART OF THE ROSE, a 1985 Leisure paperback author revised edition paranormal witch story set in 15th century England, from Eternal Press in Nov. 2010; THE NAMELESS ONE, a 1993 Zebra short story from their anthology DARK SEDUCTIONS now out again from Damnation Books in Feb. 2011; WITCHES, a romantic horror time travel novel originally published by Zebra in 1993 and now a revised author edition coming out from Damnation Books in april 2011; VAMPIRE BLOOD, a 1991 Zebra romantic horror paperback author revised edition out again from Damnation Books in april 2011;THE CALLING, the 1994 Zebra paperback author revised edition, out again from Damnation Books in oct. 2011; BLOOD FORGE, a 1989 Leisure romantic horror paperback author revised edition out again from damnation Books in Feb. 2011: and EVIL STALKS THE NIGHT, a 1984 Leisure paperback author revised edition coming out again in July 2012 from Damnation Books. All will be in e-books as well for the first time ever. Also, an e-short love story ALWAYS AND FOREVER from Whispers Publishing in January 2011.

Please tell us your latest news!

Everything above! Meaning SEVEN (plus a short story makes EIGHT) of my older Leisure and Zebra paperbacks going back to 1984 are all being rereleased (revised and rewritten by me) in paperback and e-books (for the first time ever!) in the next eighteen months by DAMNATION BOOKS and ETERNAL PRESS. I've been sooo busy rewriting these eight older releases but enjoying the chance to update them. The editors have been great and the covers so far from Damnation Books and Eternal Press have been stunning. Thank you Dawne Dominque!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I imagine you mean by two latest NEW books...BEFORE THE END: A Time of Demons, an apocalyptic saga from Damnation Books, June 2010 and The Woman in Crimson, that came out from Eternal Press in September 2010? Not really. I had great editors at DB and EP and I rewrote a lot before they even went to them. I worked hard. I'm very happy with my 13th and 14th published novels.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Hands down, Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I've read them both since they've started writing and admire how they strive to be called fiction writers instead of just horror writers. they blend many genres, as I do. In all my books there's a touch of horror, mystery, mainstream and suspense.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Simple. Lots of dialogue. A good story. Characterization is the most important thing to me. If a reader doesn't care for the characters, they're not going to care what happens to them...and for a book to have real guts and a heart, that has to be the main thing.

Do you see writing as a career?

Ha. I've been writing for 39 years and have done it along with a full time job (I was a graphic designer for 23 years in the corporate world) and now full time. It's been my passion. Part of me. I imagine I'll keep writing until my fingers fall off. Now...if I could only figure out how to make a real living off of it, ha, ha. Working hard on that.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Well, I always loved to read...SF and historical romances when I was young and then I discovered horror. Monster flicks and ghost stories. That was it. I love mysteries, too, and romances. Suspense. I hope I put some of all of those into my books. The first time I decided to try and write a book myself was when I was 21, stuck at home with my baby son, James, and read this awful historical romance...and thought: I could do better than that! That turned out to be THE HEART OF THE ROSE. My first written but second published novel in 1984 from Leisure. Funny thing is when I went to revise it for Eternal Press's rerelease of it in Sept 2010...I had to really do a major rewrite because...it was as awful as that old historical romance I read when I was 21! So ironic, I thought. The new version is 1,000% better. I guess I've learned something in 39 years. Or I hope I have.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write not to make money or to be famous (like I've ever had either!) but because you love to write; have to write. For me, it's therapy and as natural as breathing everyday. It makes me happy. Be patient. Always be courteous, never angry or rude with the professionals you will be working with. NEVER GIVE UP! Think of your career as a marathon...not a sprint.

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

I never use an outline. I get an idea, setting, write notes, keep a sort of rap sheet of the characters (hair coloring, eye color, height, etc.) as I go along...but I have only an idea, theme, characters in mind when I start. Sometimes even a middle and an end...though everything changes as I write. It's as if the characters take over and write the book the way they want it to go. The books rarely end up the way I had originally envisioned them.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it.

I have to have my laptop in my lap on my recliner sofa, TV turned down low for company, never music...and a hot cup of my chocolate coffee (a special concoction I brew myself) and snacks, cookies or chocolate, beside me on my end table.

What main genres do you write in?

Mainstream Fiction, Romance, Paranormal / Urban Fantasy, Suspense / Mystery

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