Welcome author Linda Griffin for this week’s Thirteen for Thursday
Who was your first book boyfriend/girlfriend?
Long before I ever heard that term, I considered Bracken Murray, a character in Ever After by Elswyth Thane, my ideal man. The book was part of a series that I first read in early adolescence, so I’m pretty sure he was the first.
What are your favorite and least favorite words? (in any language…)
I have a number of favorite words, but I think synchronicity is tops at the moment. My least favorite is the N-word.
Would you ever jump out of a perfectly good airplane?
Maybe if it was on fire…
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As soon as I figured out that somebody had to create the words I was reading, I knew I wanted to be a “book maker” when I grew up. Later I wanted to be a teacher, until I found out there was an actual job looking things up. I love research, so I was a born librarian even before I knew what it was.
What is the first movie you remember seeing?
Montana Mike. It was a Western with Robert Cummings as an angel who went back to heaven in a stagecoach at the end.
Spiders, friends or foes?
I think spiders are beautiful, except for daddy longlegs, which I find rather creepy. Tarantulas are my favorite. Many years ago my sister did a pseudo-Native American thing with cards that was supposed to indicate my totem animals, and one of them was a spider hanging over my head saying “Create, create!” Because of that I have two large furry tarantulas (not real ones!), Blackie and Tarantella, on top of my computer hutch.
What is one motto or philosophy you consistently live by?
“Not perfect, but better.” It’s a reminder that striving for perfection only leads to frustration. Most of the time it’s more important just to make things better.
If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what would you do?
Exactly what I do now, because I would still be me. Differences between individuals are so much more important than gender differences. Gender is part of who we are, but it doesn’t define us an individual.
What is the one skill you don’t have, but wish you did?
I’d love to be able to draw and paint, but I’m terrible at anything that requires manual dexterity. I’m only good with words and numbers.
If you won the lottery, what would you do?
Hire an accountant to deal with the tax complications and give most of it to charity. Also apologize to my mother, who disapproved of any kind of gambling. My dad would be thrilled though.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Both. I was in love with Mr. Spock and then Han Solo.
If you had to dispose of a dead body, how would you do it?
I was once voted most likely to commit the perfect crime. I would drop the body down an elevator shaft in an about-to-be-demolished building. And yes, I used it in a story.
Are you related to (distantly or otherwise) to anyone famous? Who? What is his or her claim to fame?
I’m a descendant, not of Thomas Jefferson, but of his brother Randolph. He was a planter and captain of the local militia. Some historians also believe he, rather than Thomas, may have fathered Sally Hemings’s children.
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
I had a favorite doll named Sherry, with eyes that opened and closed, and I still have her, although she lives in a suitcase in the den closet these days.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
I’ve always wanted to go to the Netherlands. I’ve heard that it’s very clean and very visitor friendly. (It’s also the best place in the world to have a baby.) I’d like to see the canals and windmills and the museums, before they disappear under the rising level of the ocean due to global warming.
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Linda Griffin is a native of San Diego and has a BA in English from San Diego State University and an MLS from UCLA. She retired as fiction librarian for the San Diego Public Library in order to spend more time on her writing. Her stories have been published in numerous journals including, Eclectica, Thema Literary Review, The Binnacle, and The Nassau Review. Love, Death, and the Art of Cooking is her fourth romantic suspense novel from the Wild Rose Press, after Seventeen Days (2018), The Rebound Effect (2019), and Guilty Knowledge (2020). In addition to the three R’s—reading, writing, and research—she enjoys movies, Scrabble, and travel.