SJ Griffin became a woman after successfully completing many years as a girl. She used to live in the countryside but escaped to London.
After stints as an actor, a petrol station attendant, a copywriter, an editor, an amateur bike mechanic, a burger flipper, a playwright and riding an old fashioned bicycle in order to sell melting ice creams it became abundantly clear that the only thing she really wanted to do was write novels. So that's what she does. As a result she is far more pleasant to be around.
The Vanguard trilogy is the first stage of a long term strategy to remain pleasant to be around, for the general good of humanity. The final part of the trilogy, The Perfectionist, was published in April 2014.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about seven I wrote a lot of very short stories, or flash fiction, that were heavily influenced by Enid Blyton's Willow Farm books. A series so obscure it doesn't have a wikipedia page. In one story a parrot landed at the farm and a dog, a pig and a cow venture into the farmhouse living room and look at the globe to help it find its way home. I was very much a magic-realist then.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I first started the Vanguard Trilogy I was told that I'd have to write all three books before anyone in traditional publishing would look at anything. Something about the whole approach seemed obstructive to me so, after a period of woe and pity, it occurred to me that there was no reason why, in the 21st century, I had to wait for someone to allow me to write books and have people read them. I think I would have found it difficult to write three books without an end product, and for there's something about putting it out there for people to read. It's been a really helpful and supportive part of the writing process.
In a city where celebrity seems to be the most valuable currency and anyone who just doesn’t make the grade is excluded, Sorcha and The Vanguard find their fortunes as mixed as their business interests. Prophet warns it’s the end but Sorcha is determined to make sure it’s a beginning.
The second part of the Vanguard Trilogy sees Sorcha and the rest of the Vanguard marooned in a strange city full of machines. They need to find a way to escape from a world which began with a bang and might be about to go out with a whimper, they need to find a way home.
A post-catastrophe mystery thriller, The Vanguard is the first part of a trilogy following the adventures of Sorcha Blades - courier, hacker and reluctant superhero. Sorcha and her friends are accustomed to doing whatever they have to do to survive, but making sure everyone else survives? That’s not really in their repertoire.