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Interview with A.M. Griffin

Thank you to A.M. Griffin, author of the soon to be released The Guicai Talisman, for answering a few questions about herself and her writing. 🙂

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What books have influenced your life most? I would say the books that have influenced me the most are the books where after I finished reading it, I felt as though I could write a story too. Not every book had that type of impact on me. I love regency, but after I read them I don’t feel like I can do that too (lol). But the paranormal and sci-fi books give me that warm and tingling feeling of, “the story doesn’t have to end here” or “what about different worlds?”.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I can’t really say. I have a lot of awesome writer friends and friends that I can reach out for help anytime I want. But as for the first writer who reached out to me and gave me some much needed advice and help me out, that would be the lovely Cynthia Sax. She had the same publisher as me and out of nowhere she emailed me. It felt like someone had thrown me a lifeline in the middle of a storm and I took it and held on tight. Authors are a great group of people and I’m lucky enough to have found friends in them.

If you could be any character from any book, who would you be? Hands down I would be Babylonia Jones from my newest release The Guicai Talisman from my new series The Undercity Chronicles of Babylonia Jones, P.I. She’s kick-ass, smart, funny, pretty and has a totally wicked life. She’s half-paranormal and half-human and because of that she doesn’t fit in either world; human or paranormal, but she’s desperately trying to find her way. I like that she’s honest and most of all true to herself. Oh, and she also has some cool friends; Melia is a Vampire and Demarcus is a Demi-God. I could totally hang out with them.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When my first book was published I knew that there was no turning back. I was official.

What inspired you to write your first book? I kept having the same scene repeat in my head, this woman fighting aliens during an alien invasion. I would night dream and day dream about her. I knew the only way to get it to stop was to get her story out. So while I was in my night class I began writing Dangerously Mine. It felt good to get Eva’s story down and completed. That was the first story that I’d ever finished and it felt damn good.

Do you have a specific writing style? I’m a hybrid; pantser and plotter. I’ll write off the cuff, putting down whatever comes to mind, but it never fails, toward the middle of my story I have to plot the rest of the book. It’s usually toward the middle of the story where I have to rein my characters in and get back on plot.

Do you have a regular writing routine? NOPE.

What’s the BEST writing advice you ever received? Cynthia Sax gave me a ton of writing advice that I still remember and find useful today, but the best is to not engage reviewers who have left a bad review of a book. Just thank them and move on. It can be very gut wrenching to get a bad review, but I have to understand that it’s one person’s perspective and that not every book is meant for every reader. I thank the reviewer regardless if it was a good or bad review because they have taken the time to read my story.

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Posted by on 03/16/2016 in Interviews


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The Guicai Talisman by A.M. Griffin

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The Undercity Chronicles of Babylonia Jones, P.I.

The Guicai Talisman


What does a woman have to do to prove she belongs in the Undercity? Sure, I’m unclassed and only half paranormal, but that doesn’t mean I can’t solve cases. Since the established PI’s won’t acknowledge my right to a territory, I’m taking jobs from whoever will hire me, doing what I do best…proving myself to be a bad-ass problem solver. Which is how I find myself breaking into Zaid’s house, looking for a talisman my witch client says the very powerful vampire stole.


Now, I can make flowers grow, hear the wind’s whispers and talk to animals, but I don’t have the gift of seeing the future. If I did, I’d have known not to take this case. Because no matter the outcome, nothing good can come from messing with the Guicai Talisman, or it’s far too gorgeous guardian.


Cover art provided by Erik Reeves



Zaid finally sauntered out of the club.

There he is.

He looked the same as he did on the previous nights I’d watched him; tall, about six-foot-two, nice sleek body covered in an expensive suit that I guessed was tailored to fit only him. He was lean, but by no means skinny. His shoulders were broad and the few times I’d seen him without a jacket I noticed he had well-defined muscles in his arms and pecs. The cinched belt around his narrow waist highlighted a flat stomach and showed off a nicely formed ass—yes, on a couple of occasions, while I was cataloguing his looks, I did let my eyes linger on his ass, which was a very nice one, round and firm. The kind of ass a girl could take a nice bite out of.

My mouth salivated at the thought of doing just that. Not a for real bite, but a nice little playful nip. I’m sure he’d appreciate that. To hear Melia tell it, Vampires were into some pretty kinky stuff.

I shook my head.

Get your mind out the gutter and back on the target Baby D.

I snapped back to attention and put my hormones in check. Raging hormones plagued me ever since I took this job, but it’s an expected hazard. Vampires had something in their makeup that made women and men want to fall at their feet. Dealing with Vampires isn’t like how it’s portrayed in the Hollywood movies, where terrorized people run kicking and screaming away from them. No. In reality people go to them willingly.

Case in point, there were two creamy-skinned blondes, one on each of Zaid’s arms. Arm in arm, they walked along the red carpet that led to valet parking. To me the women looked like the cookie cutter versions of the women he’d taken home last night and the night before that; they were all pale, tall, blonde, gorgeous and wore tight clothes. These two had on dresses so short I could see the bottom of their butts hanging out as they walked.

“Have some pride ladies,” I muttered to myself. “Didn’t your momma ever tell you that your dress should be longer than your vagina?”

Zaid stopped at the curb and looked from left to right. I didn’t bother ducking past the rim of the cement rooftop barrier. Even with his great eyesight he couldn’t see me nestled on the rooftop more than a block from where he was, scoping him out with my high-powered binoculars. And, even with his sensitive hearing, he definitely couldn’t hear me talking to myself. There were too many other distractions between us for him to even get a lock on my location. Plus, he didn’t know he was being watched anyway—why would he be looking for me?

He was probably trying to figure out if any Witches were in the area. Vampires could sniff out Witches and, while they weren’t scared of them, usually tried to avoid them. And if he did have Tina’s talisman I’m sure he wanted to steer clear of her.

Zaid lifted his chin and turned his head in my direction. He then closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and shuddered on an exhale.

What the hell is that all about?

He opened his eyes and if I didn’t know any better I’d think he was looking right at me.


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The Undercity Chronicles of Babylonia Jones, P.I.

The Guicai Talisman

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About the author:

  1. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.

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Posted by on 03/03/2016 in Promos


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