Call a Spade launches today!


The book officially launches today. I’m excited to be promoting it on several sites, as well as posting it on Reddit. My expectations are fairly humble, as a new self-published author, but I hope that this provides an opportunity to connect with a great foundational readership. I’m honored to get to know any of you who will fall into that category.

Long-term, I am currently working on two new projects, one heavily inspired by some of the urban fantasy I’ve been listening to lately. The other a more experimental (and probably both more mentally draining and potentially rewarding) effort. I’ll be looking forward to sharing some of those soon on the blog to see what everyone thinks!

Oh, and don’t forget – the eBook is free from now (June 10) through the 13th! Please pick up a copy and enjoy. And if you feel the story is catching enough to keep you reading until the end, reviews are always welcome.

Best to you, folks.

First steps down a long road

Greetings, my anticipated guest, and welcome to my little corner of the web. This site will eventually be a repository of news, short stories, and probably also at least a few bona fide blog posts (i.e., rants), since they are as close as I’m currently willing to get to the unholy blabfest known as social media (in all reality I will probably eventually have to buckle and get a Twitter account or something similar, but I’m going to stave off that eventuality for as long as I possibly can).

My name is D.M. Griffin. I’m an (aspiring) author who hails from the beautiful state of Michigan. I’m of primarily Portugese and English/German extraction, although a good portion of the blood running through my veins comes from the Wyandot people who were the original settlers of the same territory I now inhabit (I have an Indian ancestress who was well-known for murdering her husband). I’ve wanted to write books ever since I was little, although I’ve only begun to seriously attempt the process of becoming a novelist for the last – oh, five years, give or take. That process began with a couple of books which I successfully completed, but which I afterwards judged to be so bad that they were almost immediately thrown out and forgotten. From what I’ve learned, that’s pretty standard for anyone who takes writing seriously – it’s a bit like running water through a set of long-unused pipes. Before you get anything that’s fit for consumption, first you have to flush all the crap out of your system. While I don’t consider everything I worked on before Call a Spade crap (although some of it I certainly do), I can say that when I was writing this novel it felt like the first time the metaphorical water was really flowing at max output. I wrote this book in only a few months, whereas my previous efforts have taken years.

I’ll do my best to turn this currently-forlorn little site into something with enough content to make it worthwhile to check back in now and then.

Expect another couple of posts very soon – one for the upcoming release and special free giveaway of Call a Spade, then a short story, and finally a few excerpts from The Witch of the Wilds, the first book of my in-the-works fantasy novel trilogy.