The Spotlight is on Lark Griffing today!
Lark has published one novel, “The Last Time I Checked, I Was Still Here” and is currently writing a ghost story!
I’m really happy to be able to share a bit about Lark and her writing with you today!
What would you like your readers to know about you?
Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to be a writer. It took a while, but I finally made it. I love adventure and the outdoors, and that plays a big part in what I write. Family is more important to me than anything. I am married to an amazing man, Joe, and I have two fantastic boys, Tyler and Charlie. And, as of 9/23/2017 I have a beautiful, smart daughter-in-law, who very wisely married my son, Tyler.
What inspires you to write?
My head just gets filled with a story and won’t stop. It haunts me, but I have a hard time finding time to get the words down. Lately, my world is so busy that I need to find an escape. I do that with my writing.
Is there a genre you feel drawn to write or do you see yourself tackling a variety of genres in the future?
I am drawn to YA adventure fiction. I am not big on romance writing. My readers have chastised me for this with my first novel, so I am working on bringing more of that in the novel I am currently working on. I am also working on a novel for adult readers. It is tending toward a suspenseful piece of literary fiction
Can you describe your writing space?
Um….everywhere….the front seat of a Ford F150 truck during a road trip; the right side of a queen bed with a snoring husband next to me, a wicked cat by my elbow, and a very needy golden doodle who is trying to edge me right off the bed; oh, and a very nice desk in a room in the basement…I’ve only written in there a handful of times.
This week I spent some time writing in a haunted hotel room. It was pretty awesome. I am working on a young adult ghost story, and I needed some atmosphere. I was able to book a room at one of Ohio’s most haunted hotels, The Buxton Inn. The room I stayed in (number 7) is said to be one of the two most active. I will say, it was very good for an active imagination.
Can you tell us a bit about your writing process?
I vomit out my stories. I don’t think about it when I write. Something happens…something takes over and my fingers start to fly on my keyboard. Sometimes, another part of my head says, “hmmm, I didn’t know that was going to happen.” Just the other day I wrote in a new character that I had no idea existed. He just popped into the story and added a bit of tension. I don’t have a clue what he is going to do. I am kind of anxious to find out. Often, when I have exhausted my writing for the evening, I go back and read what I wrote because I am not sure what I just did. The funny part about all of this is I am an English teacher, and I preach the importance of an outline. Insert evil cackle here.
What is your go to snack when writing?
No snacking. There isn’t time when the fingers are typing.
Are any of your books or characters based on personal experiences or people in your life?
Snippets of people are woven into characters. I am always collecting experiences. The settings are very often built from my adventures in an area.
Do you have a favorite character or book you have written?
It’s funny, but I love all of them. They wouldn’t exist if I didn’t like them. There is one character in my adult novel who is a very bad person. I hate him so much that I love him. I really get a kick out of watching him grow more and more evil.
Any hints as to what readers can expect next?
The next release will be my second YA novel. Reagan must leave home and spend the summer with her eccentric aunt, Willow,whom she has never met, all because her mother must travel overseas for work. Her aunt is a potter who lives in an ancient house on a cliff at the coast of Maine. Reagan begins to get unsettled by little things that happen in the house and by the stories the cook/housekeeper tells her. She meets an interesting young man while she is exploring the rocky shore, but things begin to get a little weird.
Reagan refuses to believe that there is anything unnatural going on, but it is beginning to get harder and harder to ignore, especially when Cora Rose keeps warning her to watch out for the wolves under the dining room table. Reagan scoffs at the small-town paranoia, until the snarling, and snapping gets her attention.
Tell us about your Street Team and or Reader Group and let us know how interested readers can join.
I am embarrassed to admit that I don’t have either. I didn’t do my research when launching my book. I made a Facebook page and a website, and then published my book. Readers can sign up on my website to receive emails. ( I really need an education with this part…blush)
For new to you readers, what book would you suggest they read first?
I only have one at this point…The Last Time I Checked, I Was Still Here. I am expecting to launch The 4th Floor early next year.
When not writing your own books, who do you like to read?
YA novels, suspense, crime fiction, literary fiction, books with words.
Share a random fact or two that readers don’t know about you.
I would love to sell everything and live in a tiny trailer, traveling the United States. I would also like to thu-hike the Appalachian trail, but I’m not holding my breath.
Celebrity Crush? Nah, those people annoy me.
Favorite Beverage? Unsweetened ice tea
Sweet or Savory for snacks? savory
What type of music do you listen to? Sixties and Seventies, but I like peace and quiet
Favorite tv show? I have just started binge watching Stranger Things. I am enjoying it.
Do you have any pets? A cat named Dickens and a Goldendoodle named Maggie Mae
Biggest pet peeve? Mean people
Favorite vacation spot? Underwater at a coral reef with my dive gear, or on top of a mountain with my hiking boots on.
Morning or Night person? Morning
Favorite sports team? I don’t get involved with sports, but if I am going to get wound up over a team, it would be the Cleveland Indians.
Hobbies? Hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, SCUBA diving, baking, hanging with my family, and ROAD TRIPS!
The Last Time I Checked, I Was Still Here
Amy’s day was starting off just great. Ronnie was already giving her grief, she’d had an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction, and it was only first period. Sitting in class fuming, while the word skank filled her head, Amy made a choice. From now on, things were going to be different. Amy was done — done with it all, her school, her endlessly grieving dad, and the always annoying Ronnie and her bevy of friends.
Amy’s decision to take off may not have been her finest moment, but she had to save her sanity. Her grief-stricken father wasn’t going to help in that department. Escaping to her childhood sanctuary was Amy’s only hope to save herself and heal.
Irresistibly engaging, The Last Time I Checked, I Was Still Here is a journey of heartbreak, hope, and adventure that will leave you wanting more.
Check out Chapter one here!
The 4th Floor
Coming Early 2018!
About Lark Griffing
Lark Griffing is an author of young adult adventures. The Last Time I Checked, I Was Still Here is Lark’s debut novel. Look for The 4th Floor, a young adult ghost story, to be released in early 2018.
Lark collects hobbies like some people collect friends. When not writing and teaching, she is hiking, kayaking, SCUBA diving, camping, and enjoying life to the fullest with her family.
She is married to an amazing man, and she has two wonderful boys, a precocious golden doodle, named Maggie, and a psychotic tabby cat named, Dickens.
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Lark, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and chat with me!
It’s always fun to get to spotlight a new to me author.
Readers, make sure you drop by and visit Lark at her social media sites to learn more about The Last Time I Checked, I Was Still Here as well as her upcoming release, The 4th Floor.
Have questions for Lark Griffing? Leave a comment and I’ll make sure she sees it!