Thursday, June 04, 2015

Thursday Thoughts with Nancy M. Griffis

Hey there! This is Nancy M. Griffis, author of Dreamspinner Press’s recent releases A Most Unusual Courtship and A Most Unusual Wedding!

The stories center on Lord Leo Harris and Master Leathersmith Gerald Smithson in an alternate Victorian London where magic and same-sex partners are just part of life. Generally, Gerald wants nothing to do with those who have power but Leo convinced him to make an exception… which is good because Leo fell in love with him almost immediately. Courtship revolves around how they meet and Wedding, of course, is about the events leading up to their wedding. There are the usual problems people face with upcoming weddings like disapproving in-laws and best mates not liking the intended, but there’s also a magic-fueled plague and a stalker. Because I’m evil like that. ;o)

I think most writers are evil to some extent or there’d be no drama in our books and where’s the fun in that, right? Plus, writing is frequently used as therapy so of course there’s going to be angst, drama, violence, maiming, killing… or maybe that’s just me… heh. heh. No, honestly. To some extent, I do take out my life frustrations on my characters. Sometimes I create a character, name them after someone I can’t stand or someone who’s done me wrong and do Very Bad Things to them on the page. It’s extremely cathartic to read and re-read killing off the thorn in your side.

Of course that begs the question… how many people have pissed off GRR Martin over the years? Sometimes I wonder the same thing about Shakespeare.

Then you’ve got the flipside of writing as therapy: fantasy. I can’t speak for other writers, but I create characters and worlds that I’d like to be(come) or experience. I would love to have power like Leo does or be a visual artist like Gerald. I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, which is very sad.

Writing is a visual medium in that we see it in our heads and trying to translate those worlds onto the page can be hit or miss, unfortunately. And then there’s the time when you at long last get the story exactly how you want it but someone reads it and completely misses the point and/or doesn’t see any of what you tried to convey.

I hope that gives you a little insight into the mind of a writer. Also, try not to piss off a writer because chances are high that you’ll be burned in effigy forever in their work. ;o)

A  Most Unusual Wedding

The Mage and the Leathersmith: Book One

Adventure brought unlikely lovers Lord Leonard “Leo” Harris and Master Leathersmith Gerald Smithson together. Now it threatens to tear them apart. 

Three weeks before their wedding, a plague strikes Victorian London—the worst to engulf the city in five hundred years. The symptoms are eerily reminiscent of the Black Death with boils, a horrific death, and immunity to magical cures. As one of the most powerful mages in the country, Leo searches for a cure and the person behind the scourge all while Gerald must finalize wedding plans and try to thwart a persistent—and unwanted—“admirer.” 

It’s a race against time as Gerald shows symptoms, and Leo must fight a powerful Dark Mage to get the cure before he loses the love of his life.

Nancy M. Griffis grew up in the 'snow belt' of Massachusetts, which means when Boston got three inches of snow, her town ended up buried in three feet of the damn stuff… and the superintendent never canceled school. Though she moved around a lot growing up, books, writing, and family were always a constant. She wrote her first (no doubt very bad) novel at fifteen. She inherited the wanderlust and spent four insane and awesome years in Atlanta before moving to sunny Los Angeles. 

A voracious TV, movie, and writing addict, Nancy spends her free time watching too much television, going to the movies almost every weekend, and creating worlds in which to torment her characters with angst, intrigue, frequent ghosts and monsters, and way too many problems to solve... sometimes even the end of the world. She's had two other novels and various short stories published over the years.


  1. This is going on my TBR list!

  2. Sounds great. I'll be reading definitely

  3. Agree. This sounds quite good. Much success to Nancy!