Summer and vacation season are officially here. What greater time to learn about an author than before you leave for vacation so you can find some new books to read?
Welcome Winnie Griggs, it's great to have you here. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
Hi Jodie. Thanks so much for inviting me to visit today. As for my ‘love of story’ I can’t remember a time when I didn’t like to read. My first memory of ‘chapter books’ is the Bobbsey Twins series. Then I moved on to Trixie Belden, Hardy Boys, Happy Hollisters and other books of that type. I eventually discovered Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, Thomas Costain and Elswyth Thane along with countless others. The first romance novels I can remember getting hooked on were those of Georgette Heyer but even then my reading was eclectic as I read across genres – mystery, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, etc.
Many of your childhood books you remember are also ones that I loved. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed inventing stories - from scripting our play time adventures to penning stories set in the worlds of my favorite television series. By the time I reached high school I was penning original stories, but these were just for my own eyes. It wasn’t until much later, when my own children were in elementary school, that I decided to try my hand at writing for publication.
Don't you love when the Lord has us start on a new journey? What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
A sense of comfort and hope
Such great takeaways. Tell us about your new book.
A Tailor-Made Husband is a book that was a long time in the making. I knew I wanted to give Hazel and Ward a book of their own since I wrote Second Chance Hero, but the time wasn’t right until now. I’ve written two other books in the interim while I struggled to come up with a storyline and cast I was happy with. And when I came up with the idea of Meg, the little girl that will finally draw the two of them together, I knew I had my story.
You have me intrigued. Could you share the blurb with us?
From Bachelor Sheriff to Family Man
Tired of pining for handsome sheriff Ward Gleason, seamstress Hazel Andrews plans to head East for a fresh start—until Ward finds an abandoned child. Hazel can't turn down his request that she watch the little girl while he investigates a spate of crimes. But spending time with Ward is sending local gossips—and Hazel's heart—into turmoil.
Nothing in Ward's world is the same since he took charge of orphaned Meg…and that includes his growing feelings for Hazel. A fake engagement will allow them to care for the child together until Hazel moves away and finds someone more worthy. But with little Meg convinced she's already found her forever family, can Ward and Hazel dare to make her dreams come true, along with their own?
Oh! That sounds like a lot of fun. :) Do you listen to music or snack while writing?
No to music but unfortunately yes to snacking, especially when I’m on the downhill side of a deadline. My snack of choice is peanut M&Ms and I’ve been known to go through several family size bags during the final three weeks before I turn the book in.
Chuckle. What are you working on now?
I’ve just turned in the finished manuscript for Once Upon A Texas Christmas, the tenth and final (for now at least) book that will be set in Turnabout, Texas. While this book is very focused on the love story between Abigail and Seth, I also took the opportunity to bring back many of the beloved characters from prior books and I hope readers will enjoy seeing them again.
You have lots of great books to offer readers. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by today for a visit, Winnie. I pray the Lord continues to bless you and your writing.