New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. Her books have won numerous awards, including a RITA for Whisper of Warning and a Daphne du Maurier Award for Untraceable. Laura lives in Austin, Texas, where she is working on her next book.
The dead don’t speak, but Kelsey Quinn knows their secrets. As a forensic anthropologist at the Delphi Center crime lab, Kelsey makes it her mission to identify bodies, often using no more than shards of bone. Her find at a remote Philippines dig hints at a sinister story. When Kelsey's search for answers puts her at the scene of her ex-fiancé’s murder, only one man can help her--the man who broke her heart months before and is also a prime suspect.
Faced with an ultimatum—Kelsey or his job—Gage Brewer did the only thing a Navy SEAL could . . . but that doesn’t mean he stopped wanting Kelsey. Now Kelsey is running for her life and Gage is her last line of defense.
CAT: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
LAURA: I read a variety. The shelves in my office are crammed with chick lit, thrillers, historical romance, book club reads. And then I’ve got the non-fiction shelves that are full of books on forensic anthropology, ballistics, crime scene investigation, criminal profiling.
CAT: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
LAURA: I listen to music before I sit down to write. Generally, I start the day with a jog or a walk, and I listen to my iPod, which is always loaded with songs that remind me of whatever book I’m working on. I choose songs with lyrics that evoke something about my story—maybe the setting or the heroine’s attitude.
CAT: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
LAURA: I love writing fiction but sometimes I miss the excitement of the newsroom, from when I was a reporter. As for non-writing jobs, I would like to be a crime scene investigator. I have interviewed people who do this and I think it’s fascinating.
CAT: If you could interview one person (and it doesn’t have to be a writer) who would it be?
LAURA: Well, I’ve been doing a lot of SEAL research for my newest hero, Gage Brewer from SCORCHED, so...my dream would be to interview SEAL Team Six.
CAT: What do you do to unwind and relax?
LAURA: Whenever I get the chance, I like to travel to scenic places and spend time outdoors. I love state and national parks. I love hiking. One of my favorite places on earth is Muir Woods in Northern California, where they have the gigantic redwood trees.
CAT: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
LAURA: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. With real cream, not the powdered stuff.
CAT: Which of your characters would you most like to invite to dinner, and why?
LAURA: FBI profiler Mark Wolfe, from my book TWISTED. I bet he would have some fascinating stories to tell about cases he’s worked over the years.
CAT: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
LAURA: I feel incredibly lucky that I get to do what I love for a living. That is my dream. To get to get up each morning and do something I’m passionate about.
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Previous GLIAS interview featuring TWISTED.