Welcome back author Linda Griffin for this week’s Thirteen for Thursday
What is your favorite movie quote and why?
“Damn your flag. Damn all flags. It’s too late in the world for flags.” – Larry Gates as Reverend Jameson in Sand Pebbles. The reference is to the evils of nationalism and now, more than ever, we need to be reminded of the dangers of partisanship and divisiveness. We’re all members of the same human race.
Aside from writing, what different types of jobs have you done?
Besides babysitting, all of my jobs have been in libraries, first as a library aide and then, after I found out what librarians do, as a reference and collection development librarian, happily looking up all kinds of information and ordering new books.
White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?
Dark chocolate hands down! White chocolate isn’t even chocolate.
What modern technology would you choose to not use and why?
I don’t own a smart phone. It is increasingly assumed that everybody has one, so I’ll probably be forced to buy one eventually, but I don’t want my whole life on one device that is easily lost or stolen. I prefer a watch that tells time and a camera that takes pictures, and landline phones have much better acoustics.
If you could speak a second language, what would it be and why?
American sign language. Aside from being very useful, it is a beautiful and expressive language. My favorite sign is the one for “weird.” I’d also like to be much more fluent in the two languages I’ve studied, Spanish and French.
Favorite Olympic (Summer or Winter) sport and why?
I love gymnastics in the Summer games and figure skating in the Winter. They both involve a lot of grace and control. I also love the costumes the skaters wear. In another life, I’d like to design skating costumes.
What is the most unusual conversation you’ve ever had?
Maybe the one in which I was voted most likely to commit the perfect crime.
How far away do you live from your birthplace?
Roughly ten miles from the hospital I was born in. I love to travel but would never want to live anywhere else.
What is your favorite time of year and why?
Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter? I love rain, so anytime from Autumn to Spring. We don’t get enough rain in San Diego, so I never get tired of it.
What is the one thing you wanted, but never got, as a kid?
My own bedroom. I shared one with my sister, which was okay, but I didn’t have my own until I was in college.
Which famous person have you met, and what is the story behind it?
I met actor A Martinez at a fan event. He was incredibly gracious and genuine and autographed the T-shirt I was wearing. Years later, I posted on Facebook that he had inspired one of my characters, and he said he would read the book. Yes, he reads romances!
(NOTE: LOVE me some A Martinez!! #SantaBarbara KJ)
If you could write yourself into any TV show, which would you choose, and why?
Probably the X-Files. I’d love to hang out with Agent Mulder and Agent Scully. They were the coolest ever!
Would you rather wear combat boots or heels?
I think they’d both be pretty uncomfortable, but combat boots would be more practical.
What film or book gave you an intense emotional reaction?
I saw Sand Pebbles on my sister’s recommendation and coming out of the theater I thought, yeah, okay, that was pretty good, and then I got in the car and started to cry, a delayed but very intense reaction. Also Jaws and Alien scared the crap out of me.
Are you related to (distantly or otherwise) to anyone famous? Who? What is his or her claim to fame?
One of my ancestors was John Howland, who came over on the Mayflower as an indentured servant. He signed the Mayflower Compact and was later the governor’s personal secretary, but his main claim to fame is that he fell overboard during the voyage and was rescued. There’s a children’s book about him, The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower.
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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.