The Devil in Merrivale – Author Interview – Jackie Griffey

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Paperback Writer welcomes author Jackie Griffey, author of The Devil in Merrivale on her virtual book tour. Jackie Griffey likes to read as well as write cozy mysteries and romantic suspense. She and her family, two cats, a Chihuahua, and a couple of wild bunnies live in Arkansas where she is working on another cozy mystery. You can visit her website at

About The Devil in Merrivale

Murder isn’t the usual order of business in the little town of Merrivale, Tennessee, so the brutal stabbing death of popular high school student Denise Davis sends a shock through the community. Sheriff Cas Larkin is determined to find the killer, and the last thing he needs is distractions like the increasing reports of missing cattle and other livestock.
But as he digs deeper, Cas uncovers another mystery–a strange “club” the members are afraid to talk about, and for good reason. One of the recruits is brutally beaten when he refuses to take the club’s activities seriously. He also refuses to talk about those activities–until they turn turn deadly.
There’s something dark and sinister going on in Merrivale, and if Cas can’t figure out what it is and put a stop to it, there’ll be the devil to pay.

Hi Jackie,

Welcome to Paperback Writer

Q: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

A: I wanted to do a cozy in a fictional small town cozy readers would want to revisit. The Sheriff and his wife are joined by others in each of the series to add to the plot twists and suspense and keep the reader turning pages.

Q: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?

A: There are always some ideas. Sometimes the ideas I didn’t use in one will be the building block for the next plot or subplot in another cozy mystery.

Q: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

A: Yes, I almost always know the end of the story. However, a couple of times I have started out with the ideas and let it just build as ‘opportunities’ from the characters and the current times too, play a part and make a change. But mostly, I do know the outcome.

Q: Do you have a process for developing your character s?

A: The character develops with his or her role in the setting. If research needs to be done at some point to make the character believable or in a plot twist, create a problem for him or her, I put that aside until I can find the answers I need.

Q: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?

A: Not unless you count what I wouldn’t do myself or have my brother or sister guilty of. Some of a writer’s beliefs and maybe even experiences and wishes may sometimes play a part. In placing the ‘gifted’ and ‘different’ characters in my Merrivale series, I made these these characters a valuable part of the community. I think it was the influence of really great teachers I had in school that taught me that ‘different’ is not always ‘bad.’

Q: What is your most favorite part about this book?

A: The different ways the characters interact as the sheriff investigates from a trailer on the industrial side of town to the Pine County Country Club discovering all the town deepest secrets without pulling punches for anyone.

Q: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?

A: I finished the book first. I wrote the first three before Zumaya Publications opened a mystery imprint, Enigma, and gave me a contract on the series. As I said in one of my other interviews, writing the book is the easy part. LOL. I always find time to write and network when I can make time. I like to write and this is my favorite part of the process of ‘writing full time.’

Q: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?

A: I sent out manuscripts as I had time and gathered rejection slips too. Our local writing group had a contest (to encourage us to send things out) offering a prize to the one who got the most rejection slips. I got busy sending things out and won by a landslide. I won a book on dialogue and the title “Queen of Rejections.” LOL. I still have it and am proud of it and am still a member of that group – since 1993.

Q: What has been the best part about being published?

A: Seeing my name and book in print, that was first. Then one of the hardback publishers put my picture on those. I liked that. and people tell me they like my books, which is really the icing on the cake. But without that, I just plain like to write. I’m never going to ‘retire’ from writing; baking cookies; or shopping. LOL.

Q: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

A: The memory of a good read and characters who will make them want to make another visit to Merrivale.

Q: Do you have plans to write another book?

A: ANOTHER book? MANY more books – pay attention, Dorothy. LOL.

Q: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?

A: I was about equal parts: scared; pleased; honored; disbelieving my blogs would be read; and just plain enjoyed doing them and answering questions about my books. I’m also hoping to meet a lot more readers and writers and meet people through their comments and questions. I guess the last one is the most important to me.

Q: Where can readers find a copy of your book?

A: Zumaya Publications; order from B&N and other bookstores; Amazon.con; find information on the NET by typingin Jackie Griffey’s Books to go to my blog or page.

Q: Do you have a website for readers to go to?

A: Yes,
Thank you, Jackie for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

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4 thoughts on “The Devil in Merrivale – Author Interview – Jackie Griffey”

  1. Delightful interview, Jackie. Makes a reader want to visit Merrivale. And yours are such familiar characters–people like ones I know, with foibles and emotional and physical “warts.” Truthfully, that includes my own. Guess that’s what makes your books genuine. Thanks.

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