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From the JEWEL Lesbian Fiction Book Club – Author Mary Griggs will join us in person at the book club to discuss “In The Midst Of Tribulation” on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Come meet Mary and discuss her exciting dystopian novel “In the Midst of Tribulation.”
Long suspicious that the world was going to go up in flames, Jay has retreated to remote Northern California and lived off the grid for years. When the war ended, it was clear nobody had won. Susan knows only one place where she and her extended family might be safe: with Jay, her ex. After a ragged reunion, Jay is willing to take in the newcomers, but the only way they will survive on the land is if they all work and sacrifice. It is easier said than done, especially when old feelings—and new ones—break the fragile peace and threaten them all.

The Jewel Lesbian Fiction Book Club meets at Illume at 4123 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, Texas 75219 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Parking is available on the street, but watch for the No Parking signs.

Please bring books to swap (leave a book, take a book) or buy a book for $2. What a deal! The money from the book swaps helps to provide you this fantastic opportunity to interact with lesbian fiction authors.
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 10:05am on 16/12/2013 under
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Listen up! On Tuesday I'll be on the last “Women A’Loud!” broadcast of the year. Women A’Loud! is a weekly broadcast that spotlights women through words, writing, reading, and wit. Check out their blog here.

The wonderful host, Shawn Marie Bryan has a segment called Be(h)n’s Book, named in homage of two great women of history: Aphra Behn and Lisa Ben. These two women, simply by living their lives on their terms were revolutionaries and gave us the gift of words, bound and published by women for women of our own accord.

On December 17th at 8pm (Mountain Time) she will be broadcasting an interview with me that ranged from conversation about life, the universe and everything and included discussion my latest novel: “In the Midst of Tribulation.”

Tune in on Tuesday to the online radio station gomilehigh!
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 01:45pm on 15/12/2013 under
 It is Day 2 of the Rainbow Awards Weekend on the Virtual Living Room.

They've got such a great group description:

The VLR is a place where readers and writers of lesbian literature in its permutations (books, e-books, comics, etc) can come together and discuss the works and the topics within them, as well as celebrate the community that lesbian fiction readers can be. Whether reader or writer, membership AND participation is not based on any aspect of gender, sexuality, identity, creed, nationality, culture, ethnicity, or any other incidental of being a human being scattered somewhere on the planet. The requirement of membership is merely this: that the member be a supporter of lesbian literature. Fan fiction is nice, erotica is topic we cover from time to time, but there are other forums that focus on that specifically; we are not that. We encourage and celebrate the accomplishments of the readers and the authors, from first contracts to new ones, first published work to (hopefully) 100th and actively seek to share these wonderful bits of news, which are vital to us as a reading community. Civility is not only also encouraged, it is EXPECTED, because more than anything else, the VLR is, again, a COMMUNITY which means we all share in responsibility for making this a comfortable, welcoming, and enjoyable space for all.

That said,the VLR has a focus on Lesbian works; this is by definition Lesbian safe space and a safe haven for all respectful to our focus on lesfic may they be LGBTQ or straight. It is in fact *the* reason for this joining and celebration.

It makes it a fun and supportive place to hang out - especially when they've got a discussion focused on winners and runners up (like me) from the Rainbow Awards.

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Here are my answers to today's questions:

1) Indie or traditional publishing - what was important in your decision?

I went traditional when I started for several reasons - I have no skills or training in copyediting, graphic design, distribution or promotion nor do I have the time to learn them. As a readers, I enjoyed many of the titles from Bella Books and was impressed by the quality of the product they put out. I was very happy to have Karin Kallmaker as the reader of my first manuscript and squee'd like a little girl when she called to tell me they wanted to publish it.

2) What is the hardest part of the publishing process? What do you most enjoy?

Hardest is waiting for my book to be out! It seems to take so long to get the book written and polished. To then to go through all the processes to get it into the hands of readers can be excruciating for someone who likes immediate gratification.

I generally enjoy working with my editors - while we do tussle occasionally, I am a better writer and have learned so much from them.

3) Have changes in the book industry forced you to change how you published or marketed your work?

Yes, in so far as there are fewer bookstores to contact regarding my books. Having to find other ways to connect with readers through social media (like Facebook and blogging) has been an enjoyable learning curve as the connection to the readers is so much more immediate.

4) Do you have any formal training in writing?

Post college courses in creative writing, I have gone to a lot of conferences and have taken advantage of the chance to improve my craft by taking workshops from the likes of Lori Lake, Karin Kallmaker, JM Redman, etc, etc, etc. I highly recommend conferences like the Golden Crown Literary Society Annual conference or Saints and Sinners.

5) What's your next book project and what can you tell us about it?

I'm working on a slightly more sci-fi story that takes place in a far away universe where the main characters have to escape an invasion and plot a rebellion while fighting their growing attraction to each other.

6) What made you enter your book into the Rainbow awards?

I had originally posted this story on the Athenaeum and it had gotten a lot of positive reviews so I believed in it enough to enter it for a Rainbow Award once I had improved it through the editing process.

And to answer Devlyn's questions: How did you select the title of your book? At what stage in the writing process did you know what you were going to call your book? If you could 'do-over' would you change anything about the title?

The book originally was a bit more religious - each chapter heading was the title of a gospel song and there were more debates about religion throughout that, frankly, distracted a bit from the story. I knew at the beginning of the writing what I was going to call it and only worried that too many people wouldn't understand what it meant. Even that worry was not enough for me to change the title.

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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 04:29pm on 14/12/2013 under
Come on over to the Virtual Living Room! This weekend all winners and runner-ups (like me) of lesbian fiction at the Rainbow Awards 2013 are invited to the virtual living room where readers and authors of lesbian fiction meet to celebrate and talk about their fabulous book(s).

The VLR is a place where readers and writers of lesbian literature in its permutations (books, e-books, comics, etc) can come together and discuss the works and the topics within them, as well as celebrate the community that lesbian fiction readers can be.

Join the yahoo group here - http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Virtuallivingroom/

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Here are my answers to the Saturday questions:

Firstly could the authors tell us a little bit about themselves before answering the first set of questions for the weekend which are:

A bit about me: I'm a management consultant and a political activist and a writer. As much as possible, I take advantage of all the amenities my home in New Orleans has to offer, especially the food! My food blog can be found at http://www.mouth-brothels.com/ and my author website is at http://www.marygriggs.com

My books include the romances Unbroken Circle (a Rainbow Award winner for Best Lesbian Debut Novel) and Crash Stop and the speculative fiction novel, In the Midst of Tribulation, which was a runner up for the Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Sci-Fi / Futuristic this year.

1) Tell us about your book. How did you get the idea for your book? What genre is it? 

In the Midst of Tribulation is a story about survival. A small group attempts to create a community in a post-war world. It is sort of an adventure romance.

Synopsis:


Long suspicious that the world was going to go up in flames, Jay has retreated to remote Northern California and lived off the grid for years. She didn’t want to be right—but she was.When the war ended, it was clear nobody had won. Susan knows only one place where she and her extended family might be safe: with Jay, her ex. Desperate and frightened, the refugees rely heavily on their friend Piper, who agrees to make the journey with them.After a ragged reunion, Jay is willing to take in the newcomers, but the only way they will all survive on the land is if they all work and sacrifice. It is easier said than done, especially when old feelings—and new ones—break the fragile peace and threaten them all.
 

 

The story came out of my wondering what would have happened if, instead of George Bush stealing the election a liberal president had done the same. How would the Teapublicans have reacted (based on their reactions to President Obama)? In addition to that political element, I used my own background as the daughter of a survivalist in the story. My dad thought it great fun to drag the family out in the woods for a weekend with just a pocket knife and required us to find food and shelter from what was there. I also am a doomsday prepper - with emergency supplies for most possible contingencies, so it was fun to share that knowledge, too.

2) Do you have the ending in mind and work towards it or do you prefer to let the story develop freely? 

I wanted there to be hope so I always knew I wanted to end the story on a positive, romantic note. Typically, when I'm writing, I know the main things I want to do and the end and, then, it is just a matter of filling in the details!

3) What is the most surprising thing you discovered in writing this book? 

How much I learned from watching my mom can veggies and my dad hunt. I hadn't planned on becoming an expert but it looks like I did despite myself.

4) Were you good at English composition/essay writing at High School? 

Yes, in fact I parlayed my skill into bringing up my math grades by convincing my teacher to let me write essays on famous mathematicians!

5) What elements of your background have influenced your work? And if your novels are an escape from your own background, what else has influenced you? 

I'm an army brat who moved around a lot, so my novels are set in places I've lived and remember fondly. I've experienced a lot of different cultures, so I try to include that diversity in my novels. My family is also very southern and that, too, has influenced my characters and settings.

6) What have readers liked about it in particular? 

I have been told that some like it because of the interesting survival tips and strategies that are in the book, others like the diverse characters and the beautiful setting. Most of all, people seem to like the story itself.  Here is the Lambda Literary Review - In the Midst of Tribulation
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 07:59pm on 07/12/2013 under
 And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1. Cathy Pegau - Deep Deception

Wonderful book! Grabs your attention at the beginning and doesn't let you go until the last word. (Debra)
Incredibly well-realized and internally consistent futuristic setting. Engaging characters with a genuinely sparky/touching relationship, realistic personal flaws, strengths, and weaknesses. (Myranda)
Two compelling heroines, interesting worldbuilding and a suspenseful investigation—this was certainly an entertaining read. (Feliz)




Runners Up:

2. Linda Kay Silva - Magical Echo
3. Mary Griggs - In the Midst of Tribulation



This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3968019.html
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 02:42pm on 08/11/2013 under
I'll be discussing my books, writing and other things this weekend over at the Facebook group LesficReader.

LesficREADER is a group where authors discuss their books with readers.  If you're not already a member, before you request to join the group, please send the group owner, Jaynes Pehney, a friend request
My live times:
Saturday from noon to 3pm CST and then back from 6pm to 8pm. Sunday from 11am to 2pm CST and then back from 5-7.

I hope to be able to chat with some of you then!
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I am honored that my book, In the Midst of Tribulation, is a finalist in the category of Lesbian Sci-fi Futuristic for the 2013 Rainbow Awards!


http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3898883.html

http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/2417395.html
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Woohoo! My newest book is now available for order:
In the Midst of Tribulation by Mary Griggs
Long suspicious that the world was going to go up in flames, Jay has retreated to remote Northern California and lived off the grid for years. She didn’t want to be right—but she was.
When the war ended, it was clear nobody had won. Susan knows only one place where she and her extended family might be safe: with Jay, her ex. Desperate and frightened, the refugees rely heavily on their friend Piper, who agrees to make the journey with them.
After a ragged reunion, Jay is willing to take in the newcomers, but the only way they will survive on the land is if they all work and sacrifice. It is easier said than done, especially when old feelings—and new ones—break the fragile peace and threaten them all.
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Mary Griggs
megriggs@sprynet.com
Mary Griggs is the author of lesbian romances Unbroken Circle and Crash Stop. Her newest novel, In the Midst of Tribulation, will be released in August of 2013. Her books are published by Bella Books.
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 08:15am on 30/06/2013 under ,
The 9th Annual Golden Crown Literary SocietyLiterary Conference is pretty much over and it has been a wonderful experience.

MISSION: The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is an educational organization whose mission is for the enjoyment, discussion, and enhancement of lesbian literature and creative non-fiction. Our goals are to support and strengthen quality lesbian writing by providing places for readers and writers to interact; to encourage and assist new writers and established authors to develop their craft; and to recognize and promote lesbian work.


Being able to spend four days hanging out with readers and writers and lovers of lesbian fiction is the highlight of my year and I can’t recommend attending this event enough.


I was able to share about my own work as well as sit at the feet of the masters as they talked about ways to improve my craft and getting my work into the hands of readers. I learned a lot and laughed even more. Heck, I did so much hugging I think the Con T-shirt should read, “Embrace Your Favorite Author!”

Check out the schedule for all the fun and interesting things that were  offered to attendees and start saving your money now for July 9 -13, 2014 in Portland, OR – the site of the 2014 GCLS Conference.

On Saturday night, the Goldie Awards Reception, Ceremony and Dance was held. Everyone was glittering in their finery – butches in tuxes and ties, femme’s in gorgeous dresses and a few folks in the new style (popularized by Ann McMan and Jessie Chandler of dressing up on top and ready to party down below).

We started by honoring the sisters we lost since the last conference – Julie Penelope, Jovette Maechessault, Gerda Lerner, Roxanne Jones, Jeanne Manford and Nancy Spry.

Here is a list of the Winners and Presenters (the full listing of finalists can be found here).

Anthology (Non Erotica)Lori Lake and Ann McMan, presenters.
Winners: Women of the Dark Streets, Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman, eds and OMG Queer, Radclyffe and Katherine Lynch, eds.

Debut Author Award: presenters KG MacGregor and Karin Kallmaker. Winners: Lemon Reef by Robin Silverman; The Furthest City Light byJeanne Winer; Art on Fire by Hillary Sloin

Dramatic/General Fiction: Presenters Bev Prescott and MJ Williamz. Winners: Raven’s Heart by Jesse Blackadder; Being Emily by Rachel Gold;
The Raid by Lee Lynch

Historical Fiction: Presenters Georgia Beers and Mary Lou Heintz. Winners: Awake Unto Me by Kathleen Knowles and The Last Nude by Ellis Avery

Lesbian Erotica: Presenters Kenna White and Cheyne Curry.
Winners: The Night Off by Meghan O’Brien; Initiation by Desire by MJ Williamz and Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica by Ily Goyanes

Mystery/Thriller: presenters Carsen Taite and JM Redmann.
Winners: Hide and Snake Murder by Jessie Chandler; Being the Steel Drummer by Liz Bradbury and Runaway by Anne Laughlin

Paranormal: presenters Carleen Spry and Barb Clanton.
Winners: Sometime Yesterday by Yvonne Heidt; The Book of Eleanor by Nat Burns and Touch Me Gently by D. Jackson Leigh

Poetry: Presenters Nann Dunne and VK Powell.
Winners: Wor(l)ds of Love, Loss and Longing by Beth Mitchum and Secession by Amy Sara Carroll

Romantic Suspense/Intrigue: Presenters Linda Kay Silva and Chris Paynter.
Winners: Playing With Fuego by KG MacGregor; After Mrs. Hamilton by Clare Ashton and Beyond Innocence by Carsen Taite

Short Stories/Collections: Presenters Brenda Adcock and Pam Sloss. Winners: Slices of Life by Georgia Beers; Tea Leaves by Janet Mason and Sidecar by Ann McMan

Speculative Fiction: Presenters Pol Robinson and Ali Vali.
Winners: Just Killing Time by Linda Kay Silva; The Smuggler, the Spy, and the Spider by Diana Rivers and Soulwalker by Erica Lawson

Traditional Romance: presenters Lynn Ames and Mary Griggs.
Winners: Snow Falls, Gerri Hill; Almost Heaven by Susan X. Meagher and Heart Block by Melissa Brayden

Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award, presenter Jessie Chandler
This award is voted on by members of the Golden Crown Literary Society
Winner: Survived by Her Longtime Companion by Chris Paynter

Directors’ Award, presenter Patty Schramm.
The GCLS Directors’ Award is presented to a single GCLS member in recognition of contributions made to the Golden Crown Literary Society during the past year and/or to the ongoing mission of the organization over a longer period of time.
Winner is the GCLS website guru, who spent countless hours on website migration and the membership database: MB Panichi!

Lee Lynch Classic Award, presented by Lee Lynch.
The award recognizes an individual work that conveys meaningful lesbian experiences with influential historical value to lesbian community and predates the Goldies (2004).
Winner: Vin Packer for Spring Fire.

Trailblazer Award, presented by Rachel Spangler.
This award is for lifetime achievement and is presented each year to a single author in recognition of their contributions made to the field of lesbian literature.
Award goes to: Marijane Meaker, who writes as Vin Packer, M.E. Kerr, Ann Aldrich and Mary James

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 The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is an educational organization whose mission is for the enjoyment, discussion, and enhancement of lesbian literature and creative non-fiction. Their goals are to support and strengthen quality lesbian writing by providing places for readers and writers to interact; to encourage and assist new writers and established authors to develop their craft; and to recognize and promote lesbian work.

GCLS_2013 logoThe 2013 Conference of the Golden Crown Literary Society will be held June 26 to 30 in Dallas, Texas.

I have been a member of the GCLS since 2005 and have attended all but one of the 9 conferences that they’ve held (New Orleans, Atlanta, Phoenix, Orlando (3), Minneapolis) and will hopefully be able to make the next ones, too. Those will be in Portland (2014) and back to New Orleans (2015).

At this year’s conference, I am scheduled for a variety of events:

In addition to doing my authorly duty by hanging out at the Bella Books table, I also serve on the Board of the GCLS, so I will be found at the BOD Meeting on Thursday at 5pm and at the Membership Meeting on Saturday at 10:15am. I’m very much looking forward to the Keynote from Georgia Beers, Special Speaker Carsen Taite and dressing up for the Goldie Awards on Saturday night.

I hope to see some of you there!

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