Hey everyone! I'm excited to welcome romantic suspense author Laura Griffin to The Hustle today. Laura Griffin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five books and novellas. She is a two-time RITA® Award winner as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award. Laura lives in Austin, Texas and is a 2018 RITA Finalist in the romantic suspense category. Welcome!
Hi Laura! Thanks so much for being here today, and huge congrats on your RITA nomination. Tell us all about the book! What's it about? What inspired you to write it?
The story is about Brooke Porter, a CSI who is legendary in her field for being able to turn tiny clues into big leads for the police. Brooke teams up with homicide cop Sean Byrne to unravel a strange murder case where nothing adds up at the crime scene.
This is the twelfth (!!) book in the Tracers series. Are the books connected? Can readers jump in wherever they like?
Yes, jump right in. Each book has a standalone mystery plot and features its own romantic couple, so readers can jump into the series wherever they like. The Tracers series focuses on a group of elite forensic scientists (the Tracers) who solve tough or bizarre cases, and the characters overlap from book to book.
What's your favorite thing about your Tracers series? What's your favorite thing about Touch of Red, specifically?
I love getting to learn (and write) about all the interesting things happening in forensics and law enforcement, and each book seems to take me in a new direction.
What I like most about TOUCH OF RED is the romance between Brooke and Sean. Their relationship unfolds gradually, but by the end they are so strong together. They really earn their happy ending.
I'm always fascinated to hear about how other writers write. What's your process like? Are you a plotter? Do you have daily word count goals?
I start with an idea, then an outline, then a storyboard. But things tend to twist and turn as I go, and the story usually ends up surprising me at the end.
I know that we all have our reasons, but why do you write romance? What appeals to you about the genre?
I love romance because to me, people are at the heart of every good story. With romance, you get to really focus on the characters and how they grow and change and how events around them reveal who they are.
What's your favorite piece of writing advice?
"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." — Toni Morrison
What book influenced you the most?
As an author? I would say ON WRITING, by Stephen King.
As a young reader I loved ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT'S ME MARGARET, by Judy Blume.
Lightning Round: This or That!
Print books or ebooks? print
Beach or mountains? beach
Coffee or tea? coffee
Skydive or scuba dive? skydive
Chocolate or vanilla? dark chocolate
Winter or summer? summer
Cake or pie? chocolate pecan pie
Cats or dogs? both
Truth or dare? truth
Quiet night in or night on the town? quiet night with friends and wine
And finally, what are you working on now? What do readers have to look forward to?
My next book is DESPERATE GIRLS, coming this summer. I'm so excited about this one! It's a standalone romantic thriller set in Texas. And I'm continuing the Tracers series with a new book coming next winter.
Thank you so much for being here today Laura, and best of luck at the RITA ceremony this year!
For your chance to win an ebook copy of Laura's RITA nominated book, Touch of Red, simply comment on this post! The winner will be chosen on Friday, April 6th. Good luck!
PS--Buy links are listed below the book cover, just in case you can't wait to get your hands on this one!