Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Biography

About Kathryn Meyer Griffith…
Since childhood I’ve been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. But I’d already begun writing novels at 21, over forty-five years ago now, and have had twenty-six (six romantic horror, four thrillers, three horror novels, two romantic SF horror, one romantic suspense, one romantic time travel, one historical romance and eight murder mysteries) previous novels, two novellas and twelve short stories published from many traditional publishers since 1984. But I’ve gone into self-publishing in a big way since 2012; and upon getting some of my older books’ full rights back for the first time in 33 years, have self-published all of them along with my newer novels. My four Dinosaur Lake novels and four Spookie Town Mysteries (Scraps of Paper, All Things Slip Away, Ghosts Beneath Us and Witches Among Us) are my best-sellers.
I’ve been married to Russell for thirty-nine years; have a son and two grandchildren and I live in a small quaint town in Illinois. We have a quirky cat, Sasha, and the three of us live happily in an old house in the heart of town. Though I’ve been an artist, and a folk/classic rock singer in my youth with my brother Jim, writing has always been my greatest passion, my butterfly stage, and I’ll probably write stories until the day I die…or until my memory goes.
2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *Finalist* for her horror novel The Last Vampire ~ 2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS * Finalist * for her thriller novel Dinosaur Lake.

*All Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s books can now also be found in paperbacks and audio books.

Novels and short stories from Kathryn Meyer Griffith:
Evil Stalks the Night, The Heart of the Rose, Blood Forged, Vampire Blood, The Last Vampire (2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS*Finalist* in their Horror category), Witches, The Nameless One erotic horror short story, The Calling, Scraps of Paper (The First Spookie Town Murder Mystery), All Things Slip Away (The Second Spookie Town Murder Mystery), Ghosts Beneath Us (The Third Spookie Town Murder Mystery), Witches Among Us (The Fourth Spookie Town Murder Mystery),Egyptian Heart, Winter’s Journey, The Ice Bridge, Don’t Look Back, Agnes, A Time of Demons and Angels, The Woman in Crimson, Human No Longer, Four Spooky Short Stories Collection, Forever and Always Romantic Novella, Night Carnival Short Story, Dinosaur Lake (2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS*Finalist* in their Thriller/Adventure category), Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising and Dinosaur Lake III: Infestation, Dinosaur Lake IV: Dinosaur Wars, Memories of My Childhood (short story collection) and Christmas Magic 1959 short story.

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Smashwords Interview

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.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Kathryn Meyer Griffith online


Where to buy in print


Books

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
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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: $4.99 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.

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