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2016-07-05 06:05 pm
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Golden Crown Literary Conference 2016


I'm very excited that I will be hopping on a train at the end of next week to take me to Washington, DC and the 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society Annual Conference.

While there, I will be catching the 4th of July fireworks, seeing the White House and getting a tour of the Library of Congress. However, I'm most looking forward to the horde of literary lesbians who will be descending on our nation's capital.

I've waxed lyrical before on what the GCLS means to me; suffice to say I can't wait to catch up with all those readers and authors and publishers whom I'm honored to call friends. And buying books. Lots and lots of books!

If you want to catch me at the conference, I'll be doing the following:

I will be moderating a panel discussion on Sci-fi and Social Justice on Thursday, July 7th from 9:30am to 10:20am. My panelists include: Jewelle Gomez, Elizabeth Hodge, Lise MacTague, MB Panichi, and Tiffany Shamaly. Since speculative fiction allows a reimagining of the universe, we'll be looking at just what is the writer's responsibility for creating diverse, inclusive, and just worlds as well as discussing how we as readers and writers use science fiction to organize for social change.

I will be moderating the Author Spotlight on Thursday from 4:40 to 5:30pm with the following authors: Julie Blair, Jessie Chandler, Bev Prescott, MJ Williamz, and Sheryl Wright

On Friday morning at 8:30am, I will on the panel titled Blood and Gore I. The moderator is Justine Saracen and my fellow panelists are Ann Aptaker, JD Glass, Elizabeth Parmer and Allison Solomon. This panel will focus on violence in the setting of the lesbian novel.

At 9:30am, I will be participating in the Author Spotlight alongside these great authors: Lynn Ames, Marie Castle, Fay Jacobs, Susan X Meagher and moderated by the marvelous Melissa Brayden. I will be reading from my latest novel, Bitter Heart.

I will be signing my books (and anything else a person could want signed) during the author autograph session at 4:30 on Friday afternoon. This session is open to the public so come on down!

Rise early and join me at 8:30 on Saturday morning for Blood and Gore II. Moderated by Alison Solomon, my fellow panelists are: J.L. Gaynor, Laydin Michaels and Justine Saracen. This panel will focus on violence with the protagonist or in the relationship of the lesbian novel.

I'm also looking forward to the always funny and insightful Fay Jacobs who will be delivering the Keynote Address at 10:40 on Saturday morning. Later that night, we'll all get dressed in our finery for the GCLS Awards Ceremony.

I can't wait to see y'all there!
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2016-03-06 10:52 am
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Saints and Sinners 2016

 The 2016 Saints and Sinners Festival is scheduled for Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3 in New Orleans.

The Festival was founded in 2003 as an innovative way to disseminate HIV/AIDS prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the LGBT community as well as to bring the LGBT literary community together in celebration.

I will be giving a reading from my new book, Bitter Heart, and will be on a panel. Info for my appearances is below:

Saturday, April 2 @11:30 AM
Authors Rich Barnett, Jameson Currier, Jewelle Gomez, Mary Griggs, J.D. Horn, and Gregg Shapiro share their latest works in our annual reading series. Enjoy a mix of Festival favorites and promising new voices.
Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room
Sponsored by The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust.

Saturday, April 2 @1 PM
If writers are supposed to “write what you know”—how do you create supernatural beings like vampires and werewolves and witches, oh my? Can you make up your own rules, or do you have to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before? Join us as we talk about redefining the field of paranormal fiction, and the difficulties LGBTQ writers face as they work to get their voices heard.
Panelists: N.S. Beranek, ‘Nathan Burgoine, Mary Griggs,
Jerry Rabushka, and Jeffrey Ricker.
Moderator: Candice Huber.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C

The book fair for both Saints and Sinners and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is located on the mezzanine level of the Hotel Monteleone. Tubby & Coo’s Book Shop is the 2016 Saints and Sinners book seller.

I hope to see you there!

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2016-02-19 11:12 am
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Women in Sports Anthology

I've got a story in the Women in Sports Anthology coming out soon!

Hot. Sweaty. Tight shorts. Sports bras. Six-pack abs. What sparks your imagination? Muscular legs? Hands that are strong and sure? Baseball, soccer, hockey, track and field...does it really matter? She's sexy, she's incredible and she’s all yours. Sit back, relax and enjoy some wonderful tales from this group of talented authors. Women in sports--does it get any better than that? 
This amazing collection of romance and erotica includes stories from: Lee Lynch, Jessie Chandler, Mary Griggs, MB Panichi, Tonie Chacon, Kate McLachlan, A.L. Duncan, Jeanine Hoffman, Erica Lawson, Sharon G. Clark, Nann Dunne, Pat Cronin and Verda Foster.
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2015-12-15 11:35 am
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Bitter Heart has a release date!

I'm proud to report that I've gone through the edits and author proof for the January 18, 2016 publication of my next novel -- Bitter Heart.


Pretty, isn't it? Thanks to Judy Fellows for the cover art!

What is it about you ask?
When her home planet is invaded by the Babwe, royal daughter Julian escapes aboard a trade ship. She must get to the Unity planet and persuade the system government to intervene before all of her people are slaughtered or enslaved. Julian discovers more allies than she expected but her choices have deadly consequences back home. With the fate of her people in the balance, can Julian work fast enough to save them?

You can pre-order it from Bella Books, your local bookseller or, even, from Amazon.
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2015-07-29 07:50 am
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Post GCLS Con Report

gcls_crownI really love the Golden Crown Literary Society's Annual Literary Conference. I attended my first one in 2005 (also their first one) and have only missed one since (the first Atlanta conference when I was still homeless after the post-Katrina levee flooding destroyed my city).

It was like finding my tribe when I first walked into one of the conferences and the feeling has just gotten stronger for each subsequent one. I do a lot of political work and I get to hang out with lots of passionate queer folk and that is amazing. It is something else, though, to be surrounded by these literary lesbians. To be able to talk for hours about lesbian fiction; to discuss reading and writing with other book lovers is like a balm to my thirsty soul. GCLS_NO_color_h This year's conference came back to New Orleans (the first one was also held here). I was on the ground committee and I worked with the GCLS Executive Director, Liz Gibson, and the event coordinator, Judy Comella, to make this one of the best conferences ever.

While I was still on the GCLS board, we were able to secure Dorothy Allison as the keynote speaker. I'm so very glad we did. She exceeded every possible expectation. She is irreverent, charming, poignant, funny, profane and I am in awe. I was in the room when she read from Bastard Out of Carolina and had chills. I was in tears during her speech and the standing ovation she received lasted for more than five minutes. I was also beyond lucky to get to have lunch with her and the recipient of the this year's Lee Lynch Classic Award, Rita Mae Brown, the author of Rubyfruit Jungle.

I helped the Bella Books crew get the many boxes of books up from the loading dock to the conference. The hotel was trying to charge $2 per box, so we liberated a pallet jack and moved them ourselves. The freight elevator did smell like it had been transporting dead bodies but we made it up in one piece. At the vendor room, a number of folks then helped bring them the rest of the way. It was great to see so many people step up to do what needed doing but that is pretty typical for GCLS.

While I wasn't able to attend every panel or reading I wanted, I enjoyed being on the Dystopian panel moderated by SY Thompson with fellow panelists Linda Kay Silva, Jane Fletcher and Liz Hodge (who later won a Goldie for her poetry). We talked about hope and fears and the importance of writing the books you want to read. The special speaker this year was Ali Vali and she gave a funny (and scary) talk on her writing process. She knows she's on the right track when her wife walks away muttering, "What is wrong with you?" Not my process but funny to hear hers.

I was also honored to receive a volunteer recognition award at the annual membership meeting. The meeting is live streamed here, if you want to watch it. You will not see me, as I unfortunately had to run to Baton Rouge for work and missed it! volunteer award The awards ceremony was hilariously MC'd by Lynn Ames and Ann McMan. I have already posted a list of the winners (here) but I want to congratulate all the finalists and winners. I also want to thank all those whose hard work made it possible - the awards committee, the judges, the presenters and the behind the scene tech folk that kept it all moving smoothly. The night was magical - many people were dressed to the nines and the energy was high and the enthusiasm that greeted each announced winner was gratifying to hear.
Marie Castle, winner for her paranormal novel, The Devil You Know and I at the Goldies. (Picture by RJ Layer)
Marie Castle, winner for her paranormal novel, The Devil You Know and I at the Goldies. (Picture by RJ Layer)

Speaking of thanking folks - the GCLS board puts in many, many hours throughout the year for not only the conference but also to make the organization itself successful and sustainable. This is an all volunteer organization and they do it all for love not money. I'm very proud of the job they do.

I'm very much looking forward to next year's conference in DC (actually Alexandria, VA) from July 6 to 10th, 2016. I can't wait to reconnect with old friends, make some new ones and recharge amongst other readers and writers. Please consider joining us!
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2015-05-25 08:52 am
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The 2015 Golden Crown Literary Society Annual Conference and I

The schedule is out for the GCLS Annual Conference in New Orleans from July 22 to 26, 2015.

The special speaker this year is Ali Vali and the Keynote speaker is the incomparable, Dorothy Allison!

I will be on a panel at 9am on Thursday called Dystopian Novels - Who Writes Them, Who Loves Them, Why Are They So Popular?
The moderator is S.Y. Thompson and the other panelists include Linda Crist, Elizabeth Hodge and Linda Kay Silva. Here is the description: Dystopian novels are filling the shelves faster than ever before. Why are these dark thrillers so popular? Are they a precursor to a new genre or a flash in the plan? Hear some of the best discuss their approaches to writing the great dystopian novel!

On Friday at 10:40am, I will be reading from my forthcoming book, Bitter Heart. Other authors in my time slot include Melissa Price, Elizabeth Hodge, Baxter Clare TrautmanAndi Marquette and Anastasia Vitsky

Come and see me at the Author Autograph session on Friday from 4:30 to 6. This is open to the public, so for all you fans of lesbian literature, even if you can't come for the conference, come for the signings!

I will also be hanging out a lot in the vendor space and around the Bella Books and Distribution table (they are the official bookseller of the conference).

You can pre-order books for pickup at the conference. Here is my author page at Bella Books.

Can't wait to see you there!

Oh, and keep up the Golden Crown Literary Society on Facebook by liking their page!
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2015-03-28 08:10 am
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Saints and Sinners Literary Festival 2015


Saints and Sinners Literary Festival is beginning this weekend and I'm very excited.

Not only is it fun to have the city of New Orleans play host to so many talented LGBT authors but I'm getting to hang out with old friends, make new ones and generally talk about books and writing and food for several days running!

This year, I'm participating in a panel and reading from one of my books.

Saturday, March 28
10 AM
Festival authors debut their latest works in our annual reading series. Expect to be entertained, engaged and thrilled by the written word read out loud by authors Marie Castle, Joel Gomez-Dossi, Russ Gregory, Mary Griggs, Richard Natale, and Ken O'Neill.
Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room

Saturday, March 28
11:30 AM
In the era before legalized gay marriage and mainstream LGBT pop culture icons, gay romance was taboo. LGBT novels (€”literary and popular) €”provided a literary refuge. Now that it's (mostly) normal for us to have white picket fences and baby carriages, is there still a need and place for the gay romance novel? If so, who's reading them, and who's writing them? Join this panel for a chat on the state of intimacy and relationships in the contemporary LGBT romance novel.
Panelists: Lewis DeSimone, Felice Picano, Cindy Rizzo, and Mary Griggs.
Moderator: Jerry L. Wheeler
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon D

Check out their web site at for a complete listing of all events and speakers for this fabulous event.
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2015-02-08 04:19 pm
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Bella Books Authors Share Real Life Romance


Bella Books authors spend a lot of time thinking about love of every kind -- more often than not, romantic love. Romance storytellers, after all, create women who win and keep their lady love's heart. But is real life anything like a book?

Leading up to Valentine's Day, Bella Books and Spinsters Ink authors are sharing real life romance in our lives.

Here is a link to my contribution:

Balloons, Roses and Cocoa Rub

Check out the blog for all the others! There are a number of great recipes with the posts!

Go to my author page to learn more about my published books and look forward to my next one, Bitter Heart, coming out later this year!

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2014-07-13 07:29 am
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 The 10th Annual Golden Crown Literary Society Annual Conference is happening in Portland and the winners of the Goldies are:

Best Lesbian Romance by Radclyffe (ed.)
Beyond the Trail by Jae
Three by Ann McMan
Debut Author:
Exception to the Rule by Cindy Rizzo
In Between by Jane Hoppen
Laughing Down the Moon by Eva Indigo
In This Small Spot by Caren Werlinger
Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran
Picking Up the Pieces by Brenda Adcock
At Her Feet by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Switching Gears by Rhavensfyre
Wild Girls, Wild Nights by Sacchi Green (ed.)
Historical Fiction:
Passion for Vengeance by Patty G. Henderson
Reflected Passion by Erica Lawson
Silver Wings by H.P. Munro
Point of Betrayal by Ann Roberts
Turning on the Tide by Jenna Rae
Yellow Vengeance by Liz Bugg
The Awakening by Yvonne Heidt
The Horde by Linda K. Silva
The Lone Hunt by L.L. Raand
Chopper! Chopper! by Veronica Reyes
Roses Read by Beth Mitchum (ed.)
The Finley Human Experience by Monique Finley   

Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure:
Code of Honor by Radclyffe
Mountain Rescue: The Ascent by Sky Croft
The Gemini Deception by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou
Science Fiction/Fantasy: 
Deep Deception by Cathy Pegau
Saving Morgan by MB Panichi
Shell Game by Benny Lawrence
Traditional Contemporary Romance:
Every Second Counts by D. Jackson Leigh
Homestead by Radclyffe
I Remember by Julie Cannon
Young Adult:
Orphan Maker by D. Jordan Redhawk
Secret City by Julia Watts
Secret Lies by Amy Dunne
Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award (Tie):
All That Lies Within by Lynn Ames
Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran
Directors' Award:
Mary Griggs
Lee Lynch Classic Award:
Nancy Garden for Annie On My Mind
Trailblazer Award:
Judy Grahn

It was a magical night. Congratulations to all the winners!

Next year will be in New Orleans and I hope to see y'all there!
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2014-04-24 08:17 am
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In the Midst of Tribulation a Goldie Finalist!

The nearly complete list of Golden Crown Literary Society Literary Award finalists are out and my novel, In the Midst of Tribulation, has been short listed in the category of Science Fiction/Fantasy.

Woot! Woot!

It is available in bookstores and directly from Bella Books -

There is still time to get tickets for the Portland Conference where the awards will be given. I'll be there to sign copies and to give hugs!

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Thanks so much to all my readers for your support! And a heartfelt congratulations to all the other finalists!
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2014-03-16 10:01 am
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JEWEL Lesbian Fiction Book Club with Author Mary Griggs


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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2013-12-16 10:05 am
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On “Women A’Loud!” Broadcast on Tuesday!

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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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2013-12-15 01:45 pm
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Rainbow Awards Weekend - Virtual Living Room

 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.


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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2013-12-14 04:29 pm
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Virtual Living Room - Rainbow Awards Weekend

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 -

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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 and my author website is at

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.


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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2013-12-07 07:59 pm
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Best Lesbian Sci-Fi / Futuristic

 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

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2013-11-08 02:42 pm
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Lesfic Reader Discussion Weekend

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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2013-10-01 02:01 pm
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In the Midst of Tribulation a Rainbow Award Finalist!

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!
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2013-08-08 11:52 am
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In the Midst of Tribulation Now Available for Order!

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.
Mary Griggs
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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2013-06-30 08:15 am
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9th Annual GCLS Literary Conference plus Goldies

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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2013 Golden Crown Literary Society Annual Conference

 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!