About the Author
Laura Griffin takes home the
2010 RITA Award for
Best Romantic Suspense Novel.
Laura and fellow suspense writer
Brenda Novak get a thrill ride
on the emergency vehicle training
course for LAPD police officers.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.
Research is one of the best parts
of writing! Here, Laura gets a hands-on
tour of the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA
A little book research… Aboard a
KC-135 refueling plane with
Cindy Gerard as part of a tour of
MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
A Note from Laura
I always knew I liked to write, but the road to creating my first book was long and winding and full of potholes.
I spent the better part of my college years in the basement of the Vanderbilt Student Center, where I helped write and edit the campus paper. It was called The Hustler, and if you ever want to raise a few eyebrows, just try showing up for a job interview with that at the top of your resume. But really, The Hustler was great. And I loved the caffeine-fueled buzz of the newsroom so much, I graduated from college determined to be a reporter.
For the first few years, I lived all over the place doing what I call extreme reporting--either slogging through snow and ice to cover riveting school board meetings in the Chicago suburbs, or braving scorching tropical heat to interview American expats living in the Philippines. I wrote news, features, and even a few travel logs. As much as I loved living in various parts of the world and being a reporter, some of the assignments were yawners. Even so, I’m glad for the experience. Besides being fun, journalism gave me an excuse to subscribe to all the news magazines I could ever hope to read, and I learned lots of arcane grammar rules that I work hard to keep to myself so people won’t avoid me at parties.
When I finally got the travel bug out of my system, I returned to my native Texas and decided to try my hand at writing fiction. These days I make my home in Austin, where the sun shines about three hundred fifty days a year and the favorite local slogan is “keep Austin weird.” When I’m not busy enjoying the lakes and hills near my house, I’m pounding away on my laptop. Writing is my passion, and I feel incredibly lucky to get to go to work every day in my jeans and bare feet. I hope you’ll check out my next release and please keep stopping by the website for sneak previews and upcoming events!