Wednesday, October 21, 2015

**Giveaway** Interview with H Terrell Griffin - Chasing Justice

I'm happy to welcome back H Terrell Griffin to the blog. He's here today to chat about his latest Matt Royal novel.
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Publisher: Oceanview
Release Date: 09/01/2015
Length: 384pp
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Matt Royal goes back to the courtroom to defend Abby Lester, his friend and wife of Longboat Key’s police chief, who is accused of murder. He must overcome his extended absence from the practicing law when pitted against a hotshot prosecuting attorney, opening a Pandora’s box of issues, characters, and activities with more twists than a corkscrew.

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Please welcome Terry back to The Reading Frenzy. He was here in 2013 talking about his last Matt Royal book, Found and is back to talk about his latest, Chasing Justice.

Terry welcome back. 
What’s Matt up to now?
Matt’s gotten himself involved in a murder trial representing the wife of his good friend, the Longboat Key chief of police. She is charged with murdering her lover, an unsavory character that most everybody disliked

This is the 9th in the Matt Royal series.
How do you keep him fresh?
I try to make every story different. For example, this is only the second time I’ve had Matt in the court room. The other time was in “Longboat Blues” which was released in 2005.  I hope that Matt and the other characters grow over the course of the books and that each book reveals a little more about them.

Wow a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, congratulation!
Do you like to read your reviews?
Thank you. I read every one of the reviews and I’m needy enough that I’m devastated when somebody doesn’t like my books. Luckily, most of the reviews are good ones, and I must say I’m gratified and consider myself very lucky that people actually like my scribblings.

Terry I’m still working on my husband to move to Florida and perhaps after last winter he’ll heed my advice. I notice that Matt solves his mysteries in a real location, Longboat Key Florida.
Are there instances that you wish you had chosen to create a fictional location for him?
No. Longboat is such a wonderful place that it seems as if somebody must have made it up. I actually use the real names of some of the characters in the book who are real characters in our little slice of paradise.  Longboat is a laid-back little island that is peopled by some of the best people in the world. I don’t think I could have created a more desirable place in which to set my stories.

We spoke last time about both you and Matt being attorneys, sharing some of the same disappointments and successes.
Why did you choose to give him this profession, why not make him a cop or a PI?
I think when I first imagined Matt, I realized that I could round him out a little better if he were a lawyer. I know how lawyers think, or at least how I think as a lawyer. I see the law as an honorable profession that has somehow gone wrong over the 50 years since I started law school. Matt gives me a voice to discuss what I see as both the good and the bad of the profession.

Does writing about Matt make you miss practicing law?
Not a bit. However, I must tell you that writing “Chasing Justice” was a lot of fun. I was able to experience the courtroom without having to do all the work that the trial lawyer has to do to get the case to trial. I don’t miss the stress that went with trying lawsuits, the knowledge that you were carrying your client on your shoulders and if you didn’t give it your best, you would be letting down, not only your client, but the system as well.

Terry you’ve written other novels besides your Matt Royal series but they’re all in the crime drama/thriller genres.
Is there another genre that you’ve been thinking of trying?
No. I think I’ve found my métier in the mystery/suspense genre. I really enjoy the plotting, the red herrings, the blind paths the characters get sent down. The writing is fun, and when it quit being fun, I’ll quit writing.

So your latest book has been sent off with final edits and it’s time to take some time off. Where does one vacation when you already live in paradise?
Anna Maria Island. (It’s just across the bridge.)

Terry are you a reader?
What genre, authors do you enjoy?
I’m a voracious reader. I love mysteries. James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, P.J. Parrish, Daniel Silva, Harlen Coben, Karin Slaughter, and Ward Larsen are among my favorites. I also read a lot of history and biographies.

Thanks for spending time with us today.
Are your events listed on your website?
Yes, although the website is in the process of being updated. Thank you for having me. I always enjoy these sessions.

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MEET H Terrell:Award-winning novelist H. Terrell Griffin is a board-certified trial lawyer who practiced in Orlando for thirty-eight years. He and his wife, Jean, divide their time between Longboat Key, Florida, and Maitland, Florida. Griffin is also the author of Blood Island, Murder Key, and Longboat Blues. Blood Island was named an award-winning finalist in the 2008 National Best Books Awards, Fiction & Literature: Mystery/Suspense category.

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  1. I love that the author is trying to keep it fresh and not do the same old thing each time and is still revealing little bits of info about the characters at a time. That does make it more interesting as a reader for sure.

    1. I know Ali I don't know authors of long running series keep their stories fresh, well some don't LOL thanks for the comment!

  2. Sounds like a great book and wonderful read.

  3. I love books in series like this where every book has the protagonist dealing with another, case, situation etc. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the interview.

  4. I haven't read a good courtroom drama in a long time and that's neat that its part of a series and set in a quaint town.

    Enjoyed the interview!

    1. Yeah I have my arc on the shelf, fingers crossed I have time to read it LOL

  5. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing and putting this one on my radar.

  6. As I looked at the title of your post I thought -nah this one won't be for me. But... between you you've persuaded me its one I just might like. Nice he reads all his reviews. Authors put such a lot of work into their writing.

    1. They do and I wish more of my sponsored offered International giveaways :)

  7. I can understand the need to read reviews of your books. I am glad that his are mostly positive - I would probably read mine too (though I know WAY better than to respond to negative reviews!) Congrats on the Publisher's Weekly review! That's an awesome feat. :)

    1. Thanks Sarah, I personally don't think I could take the negativity that would naturally come with the territory. Thanks for the comment!