Howdy, wanderer. Welcome to Michigan.
I grew up here, and after seeing the unspoiled upper peninsula, I think it’s where I want to end up. Maybe if this whole writing gig works out I’ll buy myself a cabin one day.
I was raised in a single-parent family in the western part of the southern peninsula. Beautiful area, though not quite comparable to the U.P. or places like the Delaware Water Gap, which I also love hiking in. Although my own immediate family was small (just one sister and another half-sister), my larger family, the Griffins, were a huge clan; my mother, may she rest in peace, was number sixteen out of seventeen. My ancestry is primarily Welsh/English, Indian (Ottawa), and Portuguese.
I always knew that I wanted to write books, but I never quite thought I was ready until a few years ago, when I began working on my first (very rough-edged) novel. Life never seems to stop throwing curves, so I’ve gone through quite a lot since then, and Call a Spade is really my third serious effort. I’m quite proud of the progress I’ve made so far as a writer, although I know I’ve got many more miles to go. An older, wiser friend recently told me that for true artists, the urge to further refine the craft must never cease. I think that’s an excellent sentiment.
I spend most of my time with my wonderful partner Michelle and our three energetic dogs (two beagle mixes and one mini-Eskimo).