Interview with Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Why did you become a writer?
Truthfully, what started me off as an author was simply this: As a child, about eight or nine years old (the same time I began to draw pictures in pencil and years before I began to dream about being a singer with my younger brother Jim), I began reading books, science fiction, historical romances and scary books from the library. I had six brothers and sisters and though I had a loving mother and father, a loving family, there was very little money. I can’t say we were poverty poor, but we were poor at times. Sometimes our meals were scarce and we never had extra money for many toys or outside entertainment. I think in my whole young childhood my father only took us out to eat once. Try paying for seven kids and two adults. So we learned to entertain ourselves. We played outside, climbed trees and hid in deep dirt gullies. We sang, howled really, outside at night on the swing set.
I loved to read. The library books were free and plentiful. I’d sit on my bed, especially during the long summer days and evenings (after chores were done, of course) and read one amazing book after another and if I was lucky, with a chocolate snack or cherry Kool-Aid nearby. Those books, those words on the page, took me away to other places, times and worlds. It was magical. I got lost in people-on-a-spaceship-going–to-some-faraway-planet science fiction books. There was this one horse book when I was a kid that knocked me out, made me cry, and laugh with joy at the end it was so real to me and so full of pathos because I loved horses so much. It was called Smoky. I loved that book. Sigh. I never forgot how those wonderful books made me feel…so free. So adventurous. So rich. Like I could be or do anything someday. And when I grew up I wanted to create that magic myself for others. So…that’s why I began writing. And when I get depressed over my writing at times, I remember that.
I remember vividly one day at school, when I was about 10 or so, when a big box of Weekly Reader books were delivered and we each got to pick one to read. The smell of those new books in that box as I looked at them, the excitement and awe of the other kids over the books and the reverence for those authors, and I thought: Wouldn’t it be something if someday a box of these books were mine…written by me? Oh, to be an author. People respect an author. It was the beginning.
Then there’s also a second part to the question: Why do I keep writing after 45 years of it? Because I can’t not write. I can’t stop. The stories take over my heart and mind and demand to come out. It’s sort of like birthing a baby (I have one real son and two grandchildren myself). You carry them for a while, a short or long time span, and then once they’re born (published) they go on to be their own individual entities that sometimes continue to amuse and amaze you. Or disappoint you. Whatever.
What is it like being a published author?
It’s not like anything you would imagine. There’s excitement, the passion and feeling of being right with the world, as the story is being created and the words are tumbling out into the computer; there’s the exhaustion of writing hours and hours, the doubt that your words will mean anything to anyone and why am I doing this? that creeps in but that you have to chase away; there’s the pride in seeing the finished book, either e-book or print, and finally there’s the feeling of unexplainable happiness when someone says they read it and liked/loved it. The best response I love to hear is: I couldn’t put it down. The characters were all so real. I got carried away with it. Didn’t want to leave the world you’d created. Wow. That makes the sometimes low pay and grueling hard work all worthwhile because writing is hard work, or, at least, the creating and promoting of it anyway. Hour and hour, day after day, year after year. It’s your life you’re using up, your precious time and you have to truly love it to give all that up…to strangers.
After writing for over 45 years...is it still enjoyable?
Fun? That’s a strange way to put it. Sometimes, rarely, it’s fun. Mostly it’s hard work and lots of solitary time alone. Writers live so much of their life in their make believe worlds they get lonely for the real world, real breathing people and adventures. I know I do. But the writing won’t leave me alone until I write down the words and tell the tale. The easiest way I can put it is when I’m writing or dealing with my writing I feel like I’m doing what I was born to do. Yes, I believe a writer is born to write–like an artist is born to paint and draw; a musician to write or play music. As an artist myself I know I’m not truly happy, or fulfilled feeling, unless I’m writing, drawing or singing. Creating. Though the singing and the artwork have gone more by the wayside as I’ve become older and writing mostly takes all my free time now. Yes, writing does make me happy. Grin. Except the rare times someone hates one of my books and that happens, too. I’ve finally learned that reading and loving a book or short story is subjective. Some people love my stories, get them, and others…don’t. And that’s okay. We’re all different people. That’s a lesson a writer must learn. One person’s criticism is not a blanket criticism of all your work or even that one work, it’s just one person’s opinion.
Is it lucrative?
This first part I originally wrote in 2o11… before I started self-publishing in August 2012. Now, in 2016, with all my 22, soon to be 23, books self-published I am making a good living at my writing for the first time ever. But here’s my answer from 2011 when I was still with publishers: That’s a loaded question and most writers will not talk about how much they make or a book makes. Maybe, this is just my theory, it’s because most of us make so little it embarrasses us. There’s no way we could ever live on it. It’s icing on the cake, trim on the woodwork, for the mid-level writers anyway. The top (very rare) writers like Stephen King, Dean Koontz and many other writers make a very good living, but most writers don’t. Ever. Oh, in my heyday in the 1980’s and early 1990’s I made fairly good money with Leisure and Zebra paperbacks, because back then the distribution and print runs were so large, thousands at a time. I got a smaller percent in royalties (4-6%, no joke) but there were more books out there on the shelves and in the stores selling for me.
* So far my self-published e-books and PODs (Print on Demand) don’t sell near as many copies, but I get a much larger percentage (52-70%, yeah!). So selling a small quantity each month from all my sales venues–I am what they call “wide”; now as a self-publisher I sell my eBooks, paperbacks, and audio books at Amazon, D2D (which is B&N, Kobl, Apple iTunes and a few others), Google Play (which sells all over the world), Create Space (paperbacks)–and also at Audible (audio books) sometimes adds up to a nice sum. I’m marketing (a whole new thing for me these days after all those years with publishers) a lot, seeking and getting reviews, joining reader and writer loops, guest blogging, etc. It’s never ending. Thing is I don’t know how much it all helps. Eventually, I figure, I’ll find out. I’m an optimist always.
After over four decades of being a writer do I still enjoy writing?
Sure. I love it. It’s like breathing, eating, dreaming. It’s become part of me. It’s second nature. It took me over 40 years to say: I’m a writer. And really feel like I wasn’t being a pretentious so-and-so or outright lying. It took me all that time and 22 published books (soon to be 23), 2 novellas and 12 short stories, and more to come hopefully, for me to feel deserving of the title. Even without the money, telling stories is what makes me feel…complete. Happy. Hey, look at me I’m a storyteller! Ha, ha, now I just have to figure out a way to keep writing into my old age and balance both the marketing (which takes a lot of time, too) and the actual writing. Thank you.
Published 2016-10-21.
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Books by This Author

What Lies Beneath the Graves
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,710. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
The 5th Spookie Town Murder Mystery...a long ago buried treasure and a missing persons' case are the next adventures Abigail, Frank, Myrtle and Glinda have to solve in the quaint foggy town of Spookie.
Witches Plus Bonus Witches II Apocalypse
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 198,880. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Two witch books in one: Witches is about a white witch who is pulled back to the 17th century to change history. Witches II: Apocalypse continues her story and is about all the white wiccans of the world trying to save the earth and humanity from a global apocalypse.
Witches II: Apocalypse
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,230. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
The Guardians, an elite group of white witches and warlocks, must fight the anti-Christ and great evil to save the world.
Witches Among Us
Series: Spookie Town Murder Mysteries. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,400. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Spookie is fog cloaked and filled with mysteries and in this fourth episode Myrtle’s sister, Evelyn, is missing. Myrtle fears it is witches who have taken her because sixty years ago she fled from them and stole their precious black grimoire. They want it back. Will she, Frank and Abigail, solve the abduction or will the witches reclaim their evil grimoire? Over Myrtle’s dead body….
Christmas Magic 1959 short story
Price: Free! Words: 6,870. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
(4.00 from 1 review)
A nostalgic short story about a magical 1959 Christmas Eve from a writer's childhood by long-time author Kathryn Meyer Griffith.
Memories of My Childhood
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,520. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
Four short stories about growing up in the 1950’s and 1960’s based on the adventures of my loving but poor family of six brothers and sisters.
Dinosaur Lake IV Dinosaur Wars
Series: Dinosaur Lake. Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 92,700. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Adventure » General
After battling dinosaurs in his beloved Crater Lake National Park for seven long years can Chief Ranger Henry Shore and his son-in-law, paleontologist Justin Maltin, and team finally defeat them and help save humanity when the monsters threaten to spread across the world? 4th and final book of the Dinosaur Lake series.
Forever and Always short story
Price: $3.60 USD. Words: 9,870. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A divorced woman meets a mysterious man at a dance and has a second chance at love that lasts forever. A sexy romantic short story.
Night Carnival
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A lonely widow finds her second chance at love in a magical night carnival full of demons, ghosts and...vampires.
Don't Look Back, Agnes & In This House
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,720. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Two ghostly tales, a novella and a bonus short story…one about an evil entity in the woods and a woman, who has to return to her childhood home to take care of her ailing mother, who lost 3 friends to the entity twenty years ago; and a second bonus story about an older married couple dealing with the passing, and losing, of time.
The Ice Bridge
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,660. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A ghostly romantic murder mystery set on carless Mackinac Island. It’s about a heartbroken woman who returns to her aunt and the quaint island she cherished as a child only to find herself entangled in a murder mystery and danger, even as she’s falling in love again.
Winter’s Journey
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,680. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A romantic suspense about a woman truck driver traveling a dangerous wintry route with a serial killer on her tail and a truck-driving hitchhiker in her cab that she feels she’s falling in love with…and fears, at times, he’s the murderer.
The Calling
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,100. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A modern day woman finds herself haunted by the spirit of an Egyptian queen murdered 3,000 years ago. Faye Summer's life has been invaded by an ancient spirit whose vow of vengeance against her family’s killers has kept her tormented soul alive and she reaches out to Faye for help to bring the truth to light.
Egyptian Heart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,650. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
A lonely woman Egyptologist uncovers a lost hidden tomb and is hurled back to 1340 B.C. by a cursed amulet to a time filled with dangers – and to find, transform and help her eternal love. Will the amulet’s magic allow her to remain with him or will it return her to her own time?
Witches
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,990. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Ever since fanatical witch hunters consigned her to an eternity of fury, Rachel has been waiting for her chance to come back to life. Now, centuries later, the time is right. Amanda, a good witch, is all that stands between her and her unholy vengeance. Flanked by the forces of darkness, Rachel is ready to unleash all the horror at her command.
Vampire Blood
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,210. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
In a small quiet town a band of vicious shapeshifter vampires take refuge in what was once an elegant theater and lure their victims to their deaths–until Jenny, her ex-husband, Jeff, and her brother, Joey, step forward to hunt and kill them.
Blood Forged
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 138,100. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
An ancient evil lay trapped in the darkness of hell, enduring an eternity of pain and desolation. Then, suddenly, it discovered a pathway back into the world of men; forging itself into a .357 Colt Python, making itself capable of incomparable destruction.
The Heart of the Rose
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 150,980. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
An historical romance set in fifteenth century England during the War of the Roses about a healer /alleged witch who becomes a pawn between Edward the Fourth and his ambitious Kingmaker, the Earl of Warwick.
Evil Stalks the Night
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 117,480. Language: American English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A psychic woman returns to her childhood home to face and defeat an ancient evil in the woods behind her house.
Spooky Short Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,990. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Four spooky short stories in one collection about ghosts, werewolves, witches, magical cats–and banshees by horror writer Kathryn Meyer Griffith. Walk on the scary side. Boo!
The Woman in Crimson
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,510. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Willowwind, beautiful Civil War era bed & breakfast, is run by a loving couple, Adrian & Caroline Stone. It’s also haunted by a vampiress, Lilith, once a witch, who believes Adrian is her reincarnated soldier/lover Jedidiah; she’ll do anything to have him, body-heart-and soul, for her own again. But Caroline, with a psychic and the ghost of her dead father, will do anything so that doesn't happen.
The Last Vampire
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 102,280. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
The world's ending, humans are dying everywhere, earthquakes shake the earth, and you're becoming a vampire...what do you do? You learn how to fight. You learn how to survive any way you can.
Human No Longer
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,540. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
About a woman, a mother, who is turned into a vampire and must deal with it; not hurt other people, and still remain human enough to be the loving mother and sister she’s always been. Hard enough…then throw in a pack of powerful blood-thirsty vampires who want her to forsake her children and become one of them–or die. Instead, she finds a way to destroy them and set herself, and the world, free.
A Time of Demons and Angels
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 151,770. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The end-of-days is here and the war between heaven and earth is raging, with Cassandra, her brother, and her band of loyal friends fighting on the side of the angels against the proliferating demons.
Ghosts Beneath Us - 3rd Spookie Town Murder Mystery
Series: Spookie Town Murder Mysteries. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,180. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The third in the Spookie Town Murder Mystery series about a neighborhood of Spookie's old people being haunted by...ghosts-or are they being stalked by killers? And again Frank and Abigail have to protect the town's folks and solve the mystery.
Dinosaur Lake III: Infestation
Series: Dinosaur Lake. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,190. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Horror » General
There's aggressive, hungry dinosaurs loose again in Crater Lake and Chief Henry Shore has to deal with them...again. But this time they come in every size and they're really SMART.
All Things Slip Away
Series: Spookie Town Murder Mysteries. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 76,360. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In the small town of Spookie there's a clever but obviously deranged killer kidnapping people...one, two, three are missing. Can artist Abby and ex-homicide detective Frank catch them before the next victim is spirited away? Or is the next victim someone even closer to them?
Scraps of Paper
Series: Spookie Town Murder Mysteries. Price: Free! Words: 77,410. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A widow starts a new life in a small quaint town full of quirky characters and in renovating her new home finds “scraps of paper” that make her suspect two children and a woman went missing from the house...30 years ago. Are they just missing or were they murdered? In trying to solve the mystery she and her ex-homicide detective friend put themselves in grave danger.
Dinosaur Lake II:Dinosaurs Arising
Series: Dinosaur Lake. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,740. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Dinosaurs are loose again in Crater Lake National Park, but this time there's more than one...and they have wings!
Dinosaur Lake
Series: Dinosaur Lake. Price: Free! Words: 109,630. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Dinosaurs do still roam the earth; they're loose in Crater Lake National Park...and they're smart and hungry.