The Unstoppable Laura Griffin

The first time I met New York Times Bestselling Author Laura Griffin, I made a complete fool of myself. We were sitting on a bus during a very informative tour of MacDill AFB in Florida, and I told her how much I enjoyed her book about the prison break.

She gave me a confused look. Oh, wait, crap, Allison Brennan wrote that one. *head slap*

Laura took it like a champ. After cringing and apologizing, I was able to wax rhapsodic about her book Thread of Fear, which I had recently read.

And she kept talking to me.

Once I got to know Laura, I realized she was a smart, fun, interesting woman with a background in journalism that had her asking great questions of the airmen we visited with that day. And from reading many more of her books since my awkward mistake, I can tell you first hand that she’s a fabulous writer.

Laura’s brand of romantic suspense is dark and edgy with plenty of sexual tension and sensuality. Her heroines are just the right combination of vulnerable and independent, with interesting occupations. And her heroes are, well, yummy. Many of them are stoic, law enforcement-types. Protective, stubborn, intense, and loyal.

She must have forgiven me my early gaffe, because she agreed to run along the Hudson River with me during the RWA National Conference in NYC last summer. And more recently, she agreed to join us here on Kiss & Thrill to answer a few questions.

Be sure to chime in with your own for a chance to win an advanced reading copy (ARC) of her upcoming release Twisted.

GH: Your upcoming novella Unstoppable (Mar 27th) is part of the Tracers series, which revolves around the fictional Delphi Center. Can you explain more about the Delphi Center’s purpose?

LG: The Delphi Center is a cutting-edge crime lab where an elite group of forensic scientists known as Tracers work to solve the toughest crimes. Investigators look to Delphi for help with their most challenging cases.

UNSTOPPABLE features two of my favorite characters from the series–Kelsey, a forensic anthropologist, and Gage, a Navy SEAL. These two have been so much fun to write about, and they’re getting their own book in the fall–entitled SCORCHED.

GH: Ooh, I loved Kelsey and Gage. I can’t wait for more. Is Delphi inspired by a real place, or is it wishful thinking?

LG: It’s a combination of both. I got the idea when I read about a new body farm (or decomposition research facility) being built in central Texas, where I live. I decided to create a fictional body farm for my books, and I added the crime lab, where the very latest forensic technology is used to help police solve cases. The Tracers who work at this place each have their own personal reasons for being dedicated to their cause.

GH: “Nightfall” appears in the recently released (Feb 20th) Guns & Roses anthology. Can you tell us how the anthology came about?

LG: GUNS AND ROSES is a labor of love on the part of the authors over at MurderSheWrites.com. We’ve been doing the blog together for years, and we wanted to put together a book that combined all of our different voices so readers could find us all in one place. It’s been such a fun project!

GH: For more on the anthology, readers can check out last week’s post with the whole Murder She Writes crew. Is “Nightfall” related to the Tracers series, or is it a stand-alone work?

LG: “Nightfall” is a stand-alone, but I might have to pay Holly and Colin (the characters) a visit down the road at some point. Whenever I write a short story, I end up wanting to give the characters a whole book.

GH: Are there any particular authors you read that influenced your work or your decision to write romantic suspense?

LG: I remember when I first read Linda Howard being so excited to discover books that had all my favorite elements rolled into one–suspense, romance, lots of emotion.

GH: I love Linda Howard for the same reasons. She always delivers. Who are some of your favorites right now?

LG: I’ve been reading Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, Tami Hoag.

GH: You were a journalist before you turned to romantic suspense. Do you think your background as a journalist helped or hurt your fiction writing? How?

LG: The journalism background made me overcome shyness about interviewing people. Now meeting people and doing research is one of my favorite aspects of writing a book. So many wonderful ideas come from meeting people face to face.

GH: What’s next for you?

LG: I’m having so much fun writing the Tracers series, and I’ve been thrilled with people’s response. I just signed a contract for three more books, which I’m excited about because I’ve got more characters to talk about. After TWISTED this spring, the next book is SCORCHED in the fall.

GH: Ooh, yay, more Tracers! 🙂 Anything else you want to share?

LG: I want to thank all the readers who have reached out to tell me what they think of the stories. Writing can be a solitary occupation and it’s such fun when readers get in touch to say that a book resonated with them for some reason. To me, that’s what books are all about.

You can visit Laura: www.Facebook.com/LauraGriffinAuthor, at www.lauragriffin.com or on Twitter at @Laura_Griff.

Check back on Thursday for the winner of the Twisted ARC!

About Gwen Hernandez

Author of SCRIVENER FOR DUMMIES & the Men of Steele romantic suspense series. Manufacturing engineer turned writer. Scrivener instructor, runner, reader, explorer, Kung Fu sifu, AF spouse, mom, vegan. gwenhernandez.com

Posted on March 6, 2012, in Author Interview, Gwen Hernandez and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.

  1. Laura: Thanks so much for being with us today! And for giving me a second chance to make a first impression. 😉

  2. Great interview. I love the Tracer series and Laura Griffin is one of my favorite authors. Her books have it all .. romance, suspense, and great characters. I can lose myself in her books for hours. Can’t wait for the next book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Great interview Gwen and Laura! Looking forward to the new book. I hope one day our blog will have as many famous authors as MSW!

    Hugs,
    Diana Belchase
    http://www.DianaBelchase.com

  4. Morning everyone and thanks for dropping by! I’ve got this advanced copy of TWISTED on my desk that I’m excited to give away! 🙂

    Gwen, thanks for the interview. We’ll have to do another jog at RWA12.

  5. Waving to Laura!!!! LOL on the wrong book, I’ve had that happen to me with Laura’s books! Laura is an amazing storyteller and kind person, and I love sharing a blog with her. And … okay, maybe I’m not supposed to say this … but we have another joint article coming out in RT in June. We wrote one together last year and had a lot of fun, so we did it again 🙂

  6. Laura, thank you so much for joining us today The Tracer series sounds wonderful!

    The first time I read Tami Hoag, I had the same experience you had with Linda Howard. I’d always loved the mix of romance and suspense of Mary Higgins Clark and Elizabeth Peters (and I’m still a fangirl of both women!), but I was really excited to discover authors who were writing darker, edgier, and with more focus on the relationship.

    Can’t wait to read UNSTOPPABLE – it sounds like my favorite kind of read!

  7. Laura, thank you so much for joining us. I love your books, and I really admire the authenticity you bring to the world you write about. Your skill at research shows…and yet it doesn’t. Excited for UNSTOPPABLE!

    Great interview, Gwen! And I hate to admit it, but I pulled a similar gaffe at my local conference a few years ago. I mixed up two authors with the same first name after having read my first book (by the other author) that I adored. It happens!

  8. Wonderful interview, Gwen and Laura. This is a new-to-me series and it sounds great! I’m off to check out the first Tracer is the series 🙂

  9. Laura is everything you say–lovely, charming, gorgeous AND a terrific writer. I just finished TWISTED. A wonderful book.

  10. Laura, can you tell us more about what to expect from your stories? A body farm, for example, sounds very CSI to me. Are your stories heavy on forensics? Dark and gritty? What’s the heat and humor level that you write? And what do you mean by the term Tracer? Thanks for being here today.

  11. Laura, I love your Tracer series and can’t wait to read your newest release. And I’m so glad there are going to be more in the future!

  12. Jennifer Crump

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the ARC! My question for Laura is do you have a routine you go by when you write your stories? What gets you in the “zone” for your books?

  13. I remember my first Laura Griffin book. It was One Wrong Step which I really enjoyed and I was quick to take notice of her other romantic suspense books. They kept me on my toes and wondering what would happen next. I also found her heroines to have a nice balance of strength and vulnerability, which is just the way I like them.

  14. Welcome Laura, we’re thrilled you could be here! (Twice in the same week, how prolific!)

    You gave a presentation a few years ago at West Houston RWA (my chapter) and I remember thinking “this chick is going to be super-famous.” I hadn’t read you then and bought your novel that day and you caught me in 2 pages!

    I am now hooked and and uber-fan like Gwen (wish I had the prowess to run with you and Gwen!)

    I actually began reading Snapped yesterday! The whole forensic lab detail, etc is fascinating and IMO puts you right up there with Lisa Gardner and Tami Hoag, two of my favorites as well!

  15. When I saw Laura Griffin as your guest today, I just had to stop by to read the interview. Laura is one of my favorite authors and I love the Tracer series. I just updated my wish/TBR list over the weekend to make sure I had all of her ‘coming soon’ books listed. Is Unstoppable going to be an e-book only? So glad to hear that you have a contract for more books in this series!!

  16. Laura —

    Mea maxima culpa. I haven’t read your books!

    But — The blog intrigued me, I love RS, and I trust Gwen and Sharon and Allison. UNSTOPPABLE is now on my must read list. 🙂

    Gwen — Love your blog! Hope to see you at National again!

  17. Thanks for the kind words you guys! This is a great community of readers and writers.

    Jennifer, to answer your question about getting in “the writing zone”– I usually start my day with some coffee and exercise. Then I go back and read what I wrote the day before to get back into my story. Then I take the plunge.

    I find that it’s important to go offline or else I get distracted by emails while I’m working. The Internet can be a huge distraction 🙂 Then I come up for air during the afternoon and do family stuff.

  18. Hi Lena,
    To answer your question–Publishers Weekly described my upcoming book TWISTED as a “forensic romance”. I hadn’t heard that term before I read the review, but it seems to work! Each book features a stand-alone mystery plot, with an emphasis on the forensic clues that help detectives solve the case.

    The Tracers Series is named after the Tracers–an elite group of forensic scientists who work at the Delphi Center. They cover the spectrum, including cyber sleuths, DNA specialists, ballistics experts (that’s my ex-SEAL hero) and more.

    Each book focuses on one couple’s romance, so the two main characters get their HEA, but often they appear in other books.

    • Laura, thanks for the detailed answer. That definitely whets my appetite. I’m going to grab my Kindle Fire right now and download my first Laura Griffin Tracer book.

  19. Congrats on the upcoming release, Laura. Can’t wait to read Allison’s story and so happy that Kelsey book is coming soon.

  20. Congrats Laura on all the great press you’ve been receiving on the new book! I am so impressed with you ladies for going jogging/running during National. I wish I could say I planned to do the same…but I think I’ll just be soaking up the SoCal sun with a cold drink in my hand!

  21. Hi Laura, I recently finished reading your short story SURRENDER AT DAWN. Will those characters show up in any of your upcoming releases?

    I am, of course, a big fan! So glad you’re spending some time at Kiss and Thrill.

    Great interview, Gwen!

  22. Hi Sophie–
    Gwen totally put me to shame 🙂 But we had fun!

    Can’t wait to see you at RWA12.

  23. I hope you like the Tracers series, Lena!

  24. Thanks for reading SURRENDER AT DAWN, Krista. That story was inspired by a trip to Thailand in which every single thing went wrong but my sister and I somehow salvaged it and have fun! 🙂
    I would love to write about those characters some day… definitely more to their story!

  25. Love your books, Laura! The Tracers series is terrific.

  26. Thanks Gwen and Laura! Great chat. I haven’t read the Tracer series but I am definitely putting it on my TBR list!

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