Please make welcome to the Tavern the lovely L.B. Griffin! Psst, she's also a sister rose from The Wild Rose Press. We're celebrating her new book release, The Twenty-One-Year Contract, so grab a glass of champagne and let's hear what L.B. has to say about her new story...
A Conversation with L.B. Griffin
MM: Congratulations on your new book, L.B.! Delighted you could join us in the Tavern. I'd like to begin with this simple question: Describe a typical writing day. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night-owl writer?
LG: I’ve always been a morning person, I always wrote around the paid full time paid job. Now I’ve retired, I’m able to be a little more flexible. Honestly though, my brain is much fresher in the morning.
MM: Wonderful, L.B.! Can you tell us about your current work-in-progress and when you hope to have it available for your readers?
LG: Excited to announce that my second novel, The Twenty-One-Year Contract will be released worldwide, 9th May 2022!
MM: What inspired you to write this book/series?
LG: I hope this doesn’t sound hackneyed, but seriously The Twenty-One-Year Contract, like Secrets, Shame and a Shoebox was inspired by all the amazing people I worked with and taught. They are stories of courage and survival. Not that any of those I know would think of themselves like that, but they certainly are.
MM: Describe the research that went into writing this story.
LG: I love research. It’s important that I get it right, and just as important I don’t just keep researching or nothing would get done! It’s important to me to get it right for the reader, especially as its ‘historical’. Actually, that’s hysterical. I was around in the 20th Century and know some of the era anyway. However, I have a fab book, as good as any encyclopedia, plus google, checking with friends and family. I also took my granddaughter to London just to confirm my knowledge. Seeing it through her eyes (her first time) was really interesting.
MM: I love researching, too! It's the best! What’s your favorite item on your writing desk?
LG: I guess the photograph of my grandson, Fin. He’s in the bath surrounded by a heap of bath toys and grinning his head off. He must have been three or four. He’s 20 now and going to Oxford Uni. So proud. Unbelievable how time flies.
MM: Your photograph sounds perfect. Now, you’ve been given a golden ticket to time-travel into the past. Whom would you meet and why?
LG: Its funny you should ask that. There are loads, but the first one that pops into my head is Mahatma Gandhi. Although there is a little dispute about some of his background, he was a peacemaker. I would have loved to know how his mind ticked.
Now, just for fun ~ Do you prefer…
Champagne or Beer? Champagne.
Southern drawl or Scottish burr? Scottish (sorry you lovely southerner’s)
Kilt or Leather pants? Yeuk to both.
First romance you read? Daphne du Maurier – Rebecca.
Print book or e-reader? Both. I love the feel of a paperback, but when I go away I’ll take the kindle as its lighter.
Wishing you continued success, L.B.!
Kathleen Gray—talented, a little wild, at times rebellious, but always popular—has a fun, easy life in rural Somerset, with a doting family.
Suddenly, they are gone, everything is changed, and she has only Uncle Jack. Try as he might, he cannot be father and mother to her—he has a business to run and his own life to manage.
Kathleen takes a chance and becomes Kate Westfield, fending for herself in London, with a new life built on her hopes, dreams and new friends. She could hardly have imagined that one of those friends has a shoebox full of answers.
Available from these online retailers ~
Snippet from The Twenty-One-Year Contract
After a glass of water, Jack made himself a cup of tea and returned to the job in hand. This was going to be much harder than he could ever have imagined. Working deep through the night, Jack methodically sifted through volumes of paperwork until light inched its way through the curtain. Though he felt thoroughly ready for bed, he continued searching, his aim to find at least a smidgen of information about his niece. Randomly tidying up as he went, Jack noticed an encyclopedia Buying links
Meet the Author
L.B. Griffin has been happily married for over 40 years and is surrounded by her family in Wiltshire. Before retiring she always wrote around her full time paid job. Her stories touch upon social issues and are filled with gentle hints of romance. Her women don’t see themselves as courageous, strong, or survivors, but they certainly are.
Her debut, Secrets, Shame, and a Shoebox has received 5 star reviews, amongst them Whispering stories and VINE reader/blogger Michelle Ryles, singing high praise: ‘Incredibly well-written, Secrets, Shame, and a Shoebox is a magnificent debut. It's a poignant, disturbing and a heart-warming page-turner that has left me chomping at the bit to continue Harriet's story.
L.B. Griffin continues to turn silent stories into courage, hope, survival and ultimately happiness. Be warned, she is a self-confessed chocolate-raisin and strawberry addict!
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