JM Griffin grew up in the Maine countryside. Inspired by the Nancy Drew mysteries, JM wrote her first story at age twelve. Throughout her life, JM has been an artist. As a full time mother, she attended college at the age of 40. Eventually the writing bug returned and after several attempts, she arrived at the Lavinia, a.k.a. Vinnie, Esposito series of novels. With 5 novels written and two new ones in the works. JM’s second in the series was published in paperback in February of 2009. The third novel in the series has been submitted and JM awaits news on the publishing date. Fall of this year has been discussed, so stay tuned for more information concerning the challenges Vinnie Esposito faces.
In addition to the Esposito series, JM has written a mystery featuring faeries, pixies, tea and cupcakes. Lyrical Press, Inc. plans to present the book in July of this year. Also if above wasn’t enough, JM has combined her passion for decorative painting, and has been published in art, craft, and doll magazines. Her greeting card designs are also licensed. JM’s favorite activities include reading, teaching art, writing, cooking and gardening.
Rayna: What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!)
My fourth novel in the Vinnie Esposito romantic suspense series.
Rayna: I have heard from numerous authors that chocolate is the staple of their diet. Is it in yours?
Absolutely. A day without chocolate is a wasted day.
Rayna: Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback?
They may not in the immediate future, but it’s a technology that must be considered. At the moment, the cost of an eBook is low compared to paperbacks, but if they should ever take the place or become more popular than paperbacks, I believe the cost will increase substantially.
Rayna: If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be? And why?
Probably Vinnie Esposito. She is rambunctious, smart and fearless.
Rayna: Who or what influences you when you write?
My daughter influences me. She’s a pretty cool woman with a great sense of humor.
Rayna: When you have writer’s block how do you break free?
I step away from writing, take a walk, paint or sketch and try to figure out why I’m stuck.
Rayna:Who is your perfect hero?
Ziva, from the tv show NCIS. And why? She’s daring, deadly and tough on the outside, but soft on the inside.
Rayna: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?
I would like to write and illustrate a children’s book.
Rayna: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Casablanca The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time? Rick is driven, and the plot never fails to make me want a different solution, even though I know how the story ends.
Rayna: Who would you want to be tied/handcuffed to for 24hours?
Rayna: What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?
I think the 1920’s were exciting. Mob wars, speakeasies, and musicals catch my attention.
Rayna: Do you have a celebrity crush?
It is a toss- up between Bruce Willis and Matt Damon
Rayna: What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?
Rayna: Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out?
I sure have. I think authors usually are, especially if the readers happen to be fellow authors.
Rayna: How much does reader response mean to you over your books?
It means quite a lot to me. Without readers, where would I be? I realize not all readers are kind or can be pleased, but avid readers know what they like and what they don’t.
Rayna: What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them?
A sense of having had a good laugh. My books are an easy read with a good dose of humor instilled in them.
Rayna: If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h?
The sixth (not yet published) in the Vinnie Esposito series would make a good movie. Angie Harmon fits the Vinnie Esposito character to perfection. I’m not sure who I’d like as the hero.
Rayna: Who is your favorite author?
Male- James Patterson Female – Janet Evanovich
Rayna: What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?
That it made her laugh out loud.
Contacting Info for JM Griffin:
Coming Soon from Lyrical Press:
The only thing divorcee Luna Devere wants is to live with the faeries in peace while she operates her tea and cup cake shop on the coast of Maine. After experiencing a tumultuous marriage, Luna fears romantic attachments, until Devin Radford arrives on the scene. When the corpse of an elderly gentleman shows up at Luna’s shop, her life takes a suddent turn toward chaos and Luna finds she must turn to Devin for help.
Filled with a wonderful menagerie of characters ranging from two matronly employees, one a gossip and the other a stalwart no-nonsense sort of woman; a portly and skeptical sheriff, an exhusband who thinks he’s the greatest man on earth, a hero with a sense of humor, and sweet faeries, this story is sure to catch your interest.
After her favorite aunt if found dead, a suspicious box of precious stones turns up on the doorstep and the cops refuse to share their theories, criminal justice instructor Lavinia Esposito, a.k.a. Vinnie, takes investigation matters into her own hands.
Soon involved in situations beyond her control, Vinnie finds herself in hot water with the law, the crooks and her Italian father. Willing to take chances to find out what happened to Aunt Livvy and why the gems were addressed to her aunt, Vinnie plunges ahead. It will require tenacity, bravery and keen wits to solve and survive this mystery.
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Vinnie’s first inkling of trouble occurs when her car is forced off the road into a deadly construction site. Not only is she involved in a car crash, but Vinnie finds a past enemy has begun to stalk her at every turn. Rhode Island State Trooper Marcus Richmond and Vinnie’s tenant, undercover FBI Agent Aaron Grant, soon realize there is more at play than meets the eye after Vinnie has a run in with the mob. Together, the two law enforcement agents strive to save Vinnie from the stalker and the mob as the trouble turns dirty and things heat up.