Author Roy “Griff” Griffis on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

I’m thrilled to welcome my friend and acclaimed author Roy “Griff” Griffis to Your Book Your Brand Your Business at 5 PM Eastern. If you’ve listened to my former show on Writestream Radio Network, you’ll remember Griff’s segment, Right Wing Riot with Kia Heavey and Jamie Wilson. He joins me tonight to discuss his impressive writing career, future books, and advice for aspiring authors.

In his own words:

I was born in Texas City, TX, the son of a career Air Force meteorologist. Attended a variety of schools at all of the hot spots of the nation, such as Abilene, Texas and Bellevue, Nebraska.

When I was ten, I was sent to my grandparent’s house in Tucson, Arizona because things were tough at home. I was pretty damn lost, as my grandparents were largely strangers to me. My older brother, a more taciturn type, refused to discuss what was going on. Fortunately, like so many kids before me, I was rescued by literature. Or, at least, by fiction. In a tiny used bookstore that was just one block up from a dirt road, I discovered that some good soul had unloaded his entire collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter of Mars” series in Ballantine Paperback. Because my father had already taught me the guy who created “Tarzan” was the self-same ERB, I spent my RC Cola money on the first book of the series, “A Princess of Mars.”

I think what struck me was how these books were possessed of magic: they were able to transport me far from this dusty land of relatives who I didn’t know and other relatives pretended not to know me to another dusty land of adventure, heroism, nobility, and even love. It was the first magic I’d encountered that wasn’t a patent fraud, and when I closed the stiff paperback with the lurid colors on the cover, I decided it was the kind of magic I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to mastering. And, thus, I was saved.

Since then, I’ve never looked back. I’ve written poems, short stories (twice runner-up in the Playboy college fiction contest), plays (winning some regional awards back East and a collegiate Historical Playwriting Award), screenplays, and novels. I’m a member of the WGAw, with one unproduced screenplay sold to Fox Television. I also had a moment or two of internet notoriety as co-creator of the web-comic “Truesbury.” Right before Trump’s election, I somehow was selected as a “Conservative Novelist” to be interviewed by a Swiss newspaper, which was pretty funny by itself since they found me by doing an internet search for Conservative Novelists and for some reason, I was about number three on the list. “We had a hard time finding conservative novelists.” No shit, I thought.

Along the way, I’ve done the usual starving artist jobs. Been a janitor, a waiter, a clerk in a bookstore. I was also the 61st Aviation Rescue Swimmer in the Coast Guard (all that Tarzan reading wasn’t wasted). I’m also not a bad cook, come to think of it.

Currently, I’m a husband, father, and cat-owner. I’m an avid bicyclist and former EMT. I live in a small town in Texas with my lovely wife (a college professor) where we are renovating a 130 year-old historic home for us, three rescue dogs, and two rescue cats. My friends call me “Griff,” my parents call me “Roy,”and my college-age son calls me “Dadman.” It’s a good life.

You can listen live via my iHeart Radio page or  w4cy.com.

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Art Imitates Life, Then Life Imitates Art: My Water Signs Happy Ending

Art Imitates Life, Then Life Imitates Art: My Water Signs Happy Ending

Ten years ago, I started writing my first novel Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, after a visit with a psychic unleashed suppressed memories of my first and only love. To catch up on the back story behind the book, click on the Water Signs category of the blog.

In what I can only describe as the most magical moment of my life, two weeks ago I reconnected with the real life “Ken” in person. When I saw his smiling face at the door, my nervousness and apprehension melted way, replaced by a single, comforting thought: “I’m home.” Even though I’d always known in my heart and soul we were meant to be together, the human part of me felt a twinge of doubt as I waited for him to arrive; after all, we hadn’t seen each other in over 20 years.

But God’s timing is always perfect.

The second I laid eyes on him, I realized the happy ending I’d written a decade ago was unfolding according to a divine plan. He and I share an undeniable soul connection that sustained us through two decades of physical separation and has only grown stronger over time. Now that the reunion I fictionalized in the pages of Water Signs has materialized in the physical world, it is even more beautiful than anything I’d written back in 2008. My heart is bursting with love, joy, and gratitude…and at the same time, I’m filled with a peacefulness I’ve never experienced before. This man is my twin flame, my soul mate, my bashert. Every morning, I wake up and thank God he has returned to me, though sometimes I still have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.

As a longtime student of spiritual laws, including the Law of Attraction, and a member of Tasha Chen’s Science of Getting Rich Academy community, I realize now that by writing my love story and happy ending, I brought it into manifestation, with the help of God Almighty. I also know that my experience is a testament to trusting the process and His ingenious ways and sure methods…even when appearances are bleak and people who love you tell you to move on for your own sake. No matter how many times I temporarily lost hope or felt sad or missed him with an indescribable intensity, I always believed we’d find our way back to each other. And thanks to Tasha, I learned how to stay alert to “evidence,” or signs along the way.

In the next few months, I plan to release and launch a third edition of the book (once I’ve fulfilled some client obligations and projects) with an updated introduction, where I’ll include photos of the couple who inspired the characters of Ken and Madeline. For now, I’m living fully in the present moment, enjoying every second of time he and I have to spend together.

To the Captain of My Heart, I’ll love you forever and I continually thank my God for you.

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Your Book Your Brand Your Business with Author Richard Maddox

Tune in on Monday, March 19 for Your Book Your Brand Your Business with Author Richard Maddox. The one-time Writestream radio guest and author of Remembering Eternity joins me to discuss his latest release, Enlightened Relations: The Life in a Day ~ A Couple Enjoys Spiritual Enlightenment Together, available in Kindle on Amazon.com. 

From the book description:

An ordinary day. An extraordinary couple. The path of Enlightenment can be walked side by side, on the earth.

Even an Enlightened couple can share intimate moments. While the man and woman walk through a farmer’s market and dance at a concert beneath the stars, they live in Pure Consciousness. To find their Enlightenment, they didn’t need to abandon their normal lives and hike to the top of a mountain. They found a way to be themselves while attaining the highest state of human consciousness…

Take a look at a day in the life of a couple that changes everyone around them for the better. Where they go, miracles happen. As they spread Enlightenment throughout the world, each person they touch feels inspired to advance their own evolution. This is their story…

“Enlightened Relations” is a spiritual novel that seeks to dismiss the common misconception that Enlightenment can only be achieved through isolation and non-bodily states. If you like slice-of-life stories, soaring and elegant prose, and the idea of seeking a higher purpose, then you’ll love Richard Maddox’s motivational story.

Read “Enlightened Relations” to discover the infinite depths of the human spirit today!

About Richard:

Richard Dietrich Maddox grew up in the Midwest and graduated with honors from Princeton University. After graduation, he spent five years in Europe studying literature and preparing to teach meditation.  He taught meditation full-time for two years before serving as the Vice President of Sales for seven successful high-tech startup companies. In 2005, he retired from the business world to concentrate on writing. He is the author of the number-one Amazon-bestselling Enlightenment novels, Remembering Eternity, The
Whisper of a Saint, and Enlightened Relations, all of which have been highly acclaimed by readers.

You can find all of Richard’s books at Amazon.com. Follow him on Twitter @RichardDMaddox. Click here to connect with him on Facebook. During the live broadcast, we’ll take questions from the chat room. Listen to the interview at www.w4cy.com on March 19 at 5 PM Eastern.

UPDATE: Missed the live interview? Click to listen.

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