Winnie Griggs

Just who is
The Proper Wife ?
Sensible, settled, steady... and not Sadie Lassiter.
Eli Reynolds knows what he wants in a wife, and the flighty Texas girl couldn’t be further from the mark. Eli has his nine-year-old sister’s welfare to consider - Penny deserves a mother who will give her proper care. But when bad weather strands Eli and Sadie together, he sees a new side to her character. She’s rash - but also resourceful. Instead of discipline, she has diligent faith. Her housekeeping skills are lacking, but she’s filled with humor and sweetness. She may not be a “proper” wife, but to save her reputation - and to take a chance on happiness he’d never expected to find - Eli will take her as his bride.

Winnie Griggs is a small town girl born and raised in Southeast Louisiana’s Cajun Country who grew up to marry a country boy from the piney hills of Northwest Louisiana. Though her Prince Charming (who often wears the guise of a cattle rancher) is more comfortable riding a tractor than a white steed, the two of them have been living out their own happily-ever-after for 30+ years. During that time they raised four proud-to-call-them-mine children and a too-numerous-to-count assortment of dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, turtles and 4-H sheep.

Winnie has a BS degree in mathematics and is recently (and very happily) retired from a day job in the electric utility industry. She is active in several writing organizations and has served a number of years on the board of her local chapter of Romance Writers of America and her local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Her favorite activities, outside of writing and reading, are cooking, exploring flea markets and pretending the growing army of dust bunnies who have invaded her home will disappear if she just ignores them long enough.

I first met Winnie at a regional conference many moons ago. She was one of the first to encourage me, kept encouraging me through the years, and is one of the first to congratulate me on every success. She always has a smile for anyone near or far. I can't wait for you to get to know her just a little better.

NOW FOR THE Q & A . . .

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading?
WINNIE: I’ve always been a big reader and know I read lots of books in my elementary school years, but the first books I remember making a major impact on me were the Trixie Belden books. My godmother gave me the first three in the series when I was about twelve years old and stuck in bed with some ailment or other. I absolutely devoured those books and subsequently sought out the rest in the series. Trixie and the rest of the Bobwhite Gang became as dear as friends and when I couldn’t find new books, or had to wait until my mom would take me to the store to look, I would make up my own adventures for them to star in.

ANGI: What’s your favorite “love” word?
WINNIE: Cherish. It has all sorts of lovely, evocative nuances that speak of deep, tender emotions.

ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
WINNIE: Beauty and the Beast. I find the idea of looking below surface attributes to find a person’s inner beauty a fascinatingly rich premise, full of possibilities. I have, in fact, used variations of that premise in several of my own stories.

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
WINNIE: For what is likely obvious reasons, I’ve always been partial to Winnie The Pooh.

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
WINNIE: I used to write stories starring my favorite TV characters. I can remember writing one when I was very young starring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and of course Trigger and Bullet.

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
WINNIE: Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. I think Alan Rickman makes an absolutely fabulous villain. He plays a great good guy too, but he really steals the show as the villain in movies such as Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Die Hard and Quigley Down Under. It’s that little bit of tongue and cheek he brings to those roles that totally

ANGI: Be honest, when reading 1st person...do you miss the hero’s POV?
WINNIE: Absolutely.

ANGI: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
WINNIE: Oh, writing definitely. I’m not very articulate with the spoken word and much prefer putting my stories to paper.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: So, Winnie, you've written one contemporary for Harlequin Love Inspired but most of your books have been historicals. I love the story of how your first contemporary inspirational came to the page - can you tell me how writing in this new genre went for you and whether you plan to write other contemporaries in the future?

WINNIE’S GOTTA ANSWER: I find that my voice naturally lends itself to the Americana/Western romance genres and my comfort zone is most definitely in the late nineteenth century period. As I wrote The Heart’s Song, however, I was surprised to find how easily I was able to slip into the rural, small town setting of today. I suppose that’s because I’m a small town girl myself and also because the slower-paced lifestyle and many of the core values are very similar to those you’d find in an Americana historical. Surprisingly, the thing that gave me the most problem was the fact that the page count for the Love Inspired contemporaries is much less than for the Love Inspired Historicals. Since I tend to push the word count limits anyway, it was a real challenge for me to get the whole story in. But I must have done something right, because that book received a 4-1/2 star top pick rating from RT and is a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award nominee. J And while my first love will always be historicals, I do have ideas for a few more contemporaries that I’d like to write some day soon.

I’ve told you about my favorite fairy tale, please tell me about yours. And do you like books that reflect at least a thread of that storyline?

WINNIE is giving away a copy of THE PROPER WIFE or any book from her backlist to a lucky commentator today. She loves to hear from readers. Email me or friend me on facebook. Oh, and visit my website to learn more about me, my books, sign up for my newsletter, and enter my monthly giveaway.

Til next week when I host debut author JS Nichols. ~~Angi

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  1. Again, welcome to GLIAS, Winnie!

    Gotta say that my favorite all-time villian guy is Alan Rickman! He's awesome. One of our all-time favorite movie quotes is, "Cause it will hurt more you twit!"

    To answer your question, one of my favorite fairy tales is Cinderella and the movies. I always like a hard-working girl makes good story. Favorite fairy tale movie: Ever After.


  2. My favorite fairy tale would probably be Little Red Riding Hood. Can't really think of any books/or movies that really go with this storyline.

  3. Winnie, welcome! What a charming interview. Wonderful job. If I have to choose my favorite fairytale is Rumplestiltskin by the Brothers Grim. I remember reading it over and over as a child. The greed message really hit home. Thanks for being here today.

  4. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone - it's great being here.

    Angi - LOVE the movie Ever After

    June - Oh yes - The big bad wolf villain and brave woodsman hero - what's not to love?

    Donnell - The Brothers Grimm were great, weren't they? I also poured over my collections as a child (and even as a young adult)

  5. When I was little I had a picture book of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I read it over and over. It's a lesser known fairy tale, but I've always really loved it - though maybe because the twelve princesses in the book all had such pretty dresses and shoes, lol.

    The blurb for The Proper Wife has hooked me - I'm in!

  6. Oh Winnie, I love(d) Trixie Belden, too. I have all of them (there ended pu aout 30 but the earliest ones were best IO) in the attic, and sometimes reread my favorite, the Thanksgiving one with the poacher. Oh, good memories just now. And I so think alan Rickman is a great villain. But if you get to see Sense and Sensibility, his Colonal Brandon is such a sweetheart. Sigh.

  7. Winnie, loved learning more about you. I never read Trixie Belden books but I devoured Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. Strange as it may sound, I even got my mother hooked on reading them. My favorite fairy tale, me being the romantic I am, is Cinderella. That's such a timeless story and I'm a sucker for heroines who've been mistreated.

    Love your new release!

  8. Winnie, I love your stories. This one is going to the top of my TBB list immediately. :)

    Love Beauty & the Beast for all the reasons you said. Another one of my favorite fairy tales is The Ugly Duckling. Maybe that's why I love writing heroines who are so much more than what you see on the surface.

  9. Tracy & Winnie... I love ALL your heroines.


  10. Simone - 12 Dancing Princesses sounds like my kind of fairy tale - I'll have to look it up

    Tanya - glad to hear from another Trixie Belden fan - those books were such fun! And yes I still have all of them - at least those that came out before I headed off to college

  11. Linda - good for you for getting your mom hooked on those stories!

    Tracy - Bless your heart for those kind words about my books! You know I love yours as well.