AGENT SHOP PITCH DAY

Hello everyone!

Hope you’re ready to pitch.

For this ‘Agent Shop’ session we welcome:

Kevan Lyon with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

And today’s author spotlight is on: 

LAURA GRIFFIN 

UNTRACEABLE

BEWARE OF WHAT YOU LOOK FOR… YOU MIGHT FIND IT.

Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst and sets out to discover what happened. Using every resource she can get her hands on—including an elite team of forensic scientists known as the Tracers, and a jaded, sexy detective who’s helped her before–Alex embarks on a mission to uncover the truth, one clue at a time.

Look for UNTRACEABLE in stores on Nov. 24, 2009.

Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of UNTRACEABLE, and a $20 Broders Giftcard!

Thanks for visiting MuseTracks, Laura! We love getting to know our guests, so I hope you’re up for a little Q&A!

So tell us, have you always wanted to write?

Yes, since I was a kid. I began my career as a newspaper reporter, so I spent all my time writing non-fiction. My favorite assignments were always the crime stories and that’s when I started getting pulled into reading and writing suspense.

What was your inspiration for UNTRACEABLE?

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to just drop of the radar, and if that’s really possible. Turns out, it’s very difficult to do, especially because our lives are so intertwined with computers these days, but it can be done. In UNTRACEABLE, my heroine is a PI who helps women in dangerous situations to disappear and start new lives. It was such fun to research this book and learn the tricks of her trade!

Do you write hot, medium or mild?

I’d say medium, but based on feedback I get from readers, it seems everyone has their own spectrum.

 

What’s one piece of advice you’d share with any aspiring author?

Persistence is key. Expect some rejections, don’t get discouraged, and keep writing stories from your heart.

How many times were you rejected before you made your first sale / landed an agent?

I definitely stopped counting. At some point, I decided it’s better to keep looking forward.

Can you tell us what some of your other novels are?

THREAD OF FEAR and WHISPER OF WARNING both include characters you will see in UNTRACEABLE. My other novels include ONE LAST BREATH, ONE WRONG STEP, and the upcoming UNSPEAKABLE (summer 2010).

Okay, one embarrassing moment – especially if it has to do with writing.

Hmm… how about the time I went out for this formal business dinner with a group of authors and executives from my publishing house and accidentally walked into the men’s room. Yes, while people were in there.

What can we expect from you in the future? Any new WIP you can give us the skinny on?

UNTRACEABLE is the first in the Tracers Series, so I’m working on the subsequent books, UNSPEAKABLE and UNFORGIVABLE. The series is romantic suspense with an emphasis on forensic science as the characters chase down the bad guys in each story.

Do you have a question for our readers?

Yes, what are you guys reading these days? I’m always looking for my next favorite series (I love series books where I can really get to know the cast of characters). Any recommendations?

I’d like to thank Laura again for visiting. Please comment for a chance to win a signed copy of UNTRACEABLE, and a $20 Giftcard from Borders!

You can find Laura Griffin here:

www.lauragriffin.com

Here’s a Publishers Weekly interview with Laura Griffin: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6702113.html

Find UNTRACEABLE here at these direct links:

Amazon

B & N

Borders

And now, what I’m sure most of you have been waiting for: 

It’s  “GO!” time.

18 Responses to AGENT SHOP PITCH DAY

  1. Candi Wall says:

    Welcome Laura!

    And good luck everyone.

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  2. Cate Masters says:

    Great interview, Laura and Candi. Congrats on the release of Untraceable, Laura. It sounds like a fantastic read. I’m woefully behind on my reading as I’ve been too busy writing this year, but I look forward to others’ recommendations!
    Best,
    Cate

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  3. I can really relate to the not giving up part as far as seeking publication. We are glad you decided to keep trying. Thanks for sharing with us. GEE

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  4. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the interview. It sounds like an interesting story. 🙂

    Also, I wish I could sub for Agent Shop, but I don’t think they rep inspy authors, based on their website. I’ve heard a lot about this agent though. Hopefully you’ll get some bites! 🙂

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  5. Darlene says:

    Thanks Laura for sharing with us here. It’s always good to hear about other people’s journeys to publication. Great interview.

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  6. Welcome to Musetracks Laura.
    Your series sounds great! I live the Tracers idea 🙂
    Very cool!

    Good luck on your pitches everyone 🙂

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  7. Hi, Laura!

    LOL! I once entered the ladies room in an airport by mistake, but dressed in a pilot’s uniform, I couldn’t claim it was research for a novel… Darn!

    In the last month, when not reading historical, romance, and paranormal manuscripts offered up by my writing partners, I’ve been reading mystry, thrillers, suspence, and a little paranormal. Your book is definitely a blend of everything I’d enjoy in a novel. I’ll be looking this evening.

    Thanks for coming. –John!

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  8. Candi Wall says:

    Cate, my TBR has been neglected as well.

    So many good books to read, and balancing them with the writing is difficult!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Candi Wall says:

    Well said Gloria!

    I think most of us can relate in some way.

    We just have to keep trying!

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  10. Candi Wall says:

    Hey Jess,

    I think we’ve got a few agents lined up for the furture that might take inspy, but I thought one of yours was making the trans to S.T.?

    Thanks for coming by, and I hope you pick up Laura’s book. It’s on my TBP list now.

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  11. Candi Wall says:

    Thanks for stopping in Darlene!

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  12. Candi Wall says:

    MC – I like the trackers too.

    I’m huge on following those econdary chars intot he next book. So anything that could or will be a trilogy or series gets my attention.

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  13. Candi Wall says:

    Oh John! The wordplay that could go with that embarrassing moment…

    Hehe, but I think Laura’s got you beat since she had big-wigs watching!

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  14. Stoked to meet you in cyberspace, Laura. I was flying home from Washington D.C. yesterday and needed a good book. I found Untraceable in the airport bookstore and read the whole thing while on the plane. It is excellent! For anyone who hasn’t read it, you better RUN to your bookstore. Now, I have to look at your backlist.

    You were asking about series books, and I have to tell you the reason I picked it up was because of the whole Disappearance help thing. One of my favorite series in SF is also about disappearance but because of people who unwittingly disobey esoteric alien laws on other planets–kind of a mystery and SF combined.

    Nothing like yours but because I liked those, I picked up yours and now I’m hooked. So, if you like reading SF at all, the Retrieval Artist series is by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and began with “The Disappeared” in 2002 and I think her 7th in the series came out this year.

    Oh, I’m getting a Nook for Christmas, so I’m hoping your backlist is available in ebook format so I can buy as many as I want and not have to deal with the husband complaining about my taking up more bookshelf space. 🙂

    Keep up the great work!

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  15. Thanks for your comments! One of the best bits of advice I ever got was from Susan Elizabeth Phillips, who writes romances with a comical twist. At a writing seminar, she said, “write the book you want to read.” No idea whether she originated this quote, but I started thinking about writing that way and not worrying about whether my book was going to be the next big trend… If you write from your heart, it will come through. Good luck!

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  16. Candi Wall says:

    Maggie, That’s awesome.

    I love finding a book that you just can’t put down!

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  17. I appreciate the book rec, Maggie. On my way to check out the Revival Artist. And I’m so glad you liked UNTRACEABLE!

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  18. Mariska says:

    Hi Laura,
    i’m reading Karen’s white books now, then Kylie’s Mindhunters series, plus The hunger Games 🙂

    I’ve been trying to win your book, this book sounds GREAT!

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