About you as an author:
Tell us about writing Griffin’s story?
As I have mentioned before, I had never written a thing until I wrote Griffin Rising. The idea simply slammed into my head one day: a coming-of-age story about an apprentice guardian angel and his stalwart mentor. I wrote book one in about four months, and then, re-wrote it about 30 times until I felt like it was ready to be pitched to editors. I learned so much about the craft of writing during those revisions.
Why is Griffin’s story so appealing?
Beside a character you cannot help cheering for, I think the book’s appeal comes from the relationship between Griffin and his mentor, Basil. The father-and-son/master-and-apprentice relationship is rich with great storytelling, addressing the Big Questions of life. I think too many YA novels leave out positive male adult figures, and boys need them. Now, more than ever.
About you as a person:
What books have most influenced your life?
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. All hail the Great One!
What are you reading right now?
The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I’m such a tomboy! I enjoy running, mountain biking, hiking, mountaineering, and skiing (downhill and cross country). I live in Colorado, after all.
Thank you for the interview Darby and AToMR Blog Tours!