Today I have paranormal fantasy author Ronald Griffin on my blog. He is on a blog hop promoting his debut novel, Blood Stained Lives.
Tell me about your latest?
Well it is a paranormal fantasy about this one mans journey to become the hero he was born to be. He has many trials along his way that he must make his way through.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
The importance of friends and family. When you have them on your side anything can be done.
What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?
My Mom always had a passion for reading and we would always watch movies together as well. We would watch mostly fantasy movies like Legend, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Krull, and many other movies and I believe growing up with such movies sparked my imagination. I started writing short stories when I was in kindergarten but they were usually based on cartoons. In middle school I started writing my own superhero story. It wasn’t until highschool until I started writing supernatural stories. It was then that I started writing some of the elements of this particular novel. Over the years I wrote many short stories and always wanted to write a novel but certain life events caused me to post pone. I have kids now and decided that I want to leave behind something that they could be proud of.
What challenges have you faced in your writing career?
Getting it started. I didn’t realize there was so much work in self promoting. I am just glad I have made some wonderful friends along the way.
Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do?
This is my first novel and although yes my dream is going to come true, but I believe there is much more to do to keep that dream alive.
What does your workspace look like?
My work place varies, sometimes I write from my bedroom, the dining room where I can look out the sliding glass doors, or the locations that are mentioned in my novel. Sometimes it is good to write from the actual locations.
Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit?
There were times I felt that maybe I wasn’t cut out for this but I kept pushing through it and well here I am.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Working or watching movies. I enjoy a good movie every now and then.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Don’t be afraid to ask friends for help if going at this alone.
After this book, what is next?
Writing a series of origin novellas building up to the release of the second novel for this series.
In an epic battle between good and evil, young Namon will discover what being the last of his kind truly means- born of a destiny with the power to protect all humanity. He must come to terms with his fate, and seek out the one responsible for his parents deaths and the near extinction of the White Wolves.
The night vampire Aluana meets Namon, she was just out looking for a good time. Needing to escape the fear of her unknown past and origins, she wasn’t expecting a harmless dance to have unintended consequences. She finds herself falling in love for what she suspects is the first time. Namon may be the key she needs to unlock hidden memories, but at what cost?
Now the two are caught between mortal enemies and earth’s destiny lies in their hands…
Ronald Griffin is a 31 year old author who grew up in Georgia and still lives there today. His current writing style includes paranormal fantasy and horror. He has been writing since he was 9 years old when he wrote a Tiny Toons Adventure skit for his class and it was well received. From there, he was absorbed with writing about Superheros but once high school hit, the supernatural started calling him, especially the werewolves. This is where his latest The Blood Lives Saga was born. You can either find him locked away in his writing cave or at his local Cracker Barrel where he supports his fantasy genre reading habit. His author idol is the husband and wife writing team Ilona Andrews. He has thoroughly enjoyed their magic series novels and feels encouraged that they are from his same state. When not writing, you can find Ronald spending time with his daughters (ages 3 and 9) and his son (age 7). He can be found spending time making precious moments with them and hopefully passing along his writing bug to them.