What are you most looking forward to on TV this season?
Although I’ve been trying – a bit unsuccessfully I might add – to reduce the time I spend in front of the TV I’m actually excited for the new season to begin. In addition to my faves – Grimm and Once Upon A Time – the only new show I’m really excited about is Dracula. It’s going to be on NBC partnered with Grimm on Friday nights (there goes my social life!), but it’s only going to be about 10 or 13 episodes, which is perfect for my sometimes short attention span! Plus, it stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers who’s a good actor (and not bad to look at)! Beyond my love for all things vampire, I’m really looking forward to seeing how the writers reinterpret the Dracula saga. I’ve seen a trailer and the production values look amazing. On a side note, this is how I personally see TV changing – offering up more short series like Under the Dome and Downton Abbey – no more than 13 episodes with epic storytelling and top-notch production values. I really think it’s the only way the networks will be able to compete with cable shows like Game of Thrones and Mad Men.
What’s the best book you’ve read this summer?
I haven’t had the chance to do too much reading this summer because I’ve been furiously writing STARFALL – the third book in The Darkborn Legacy. However, I did make time for a few. I tried reading Gone Girl, but only made it chapter two! I think that has more to do with my amped-up schedule than Gillian Flynn’s writing. From the little I read I liked her style, I just didn’t have the time to get into the story – that one’s on my ‘to read in the future’ pile! Oddly enough, my favorite was a book written over a half-century ago! C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces, which is a retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth, but not nearly as boring and academic as that description sounds. It’s a gorgeously written novel, so incredibly insightful and original that I couldn’t put it down. I stumbled upon it while perusing through the aisles of a used bookstore in Pennsylvania during one of my out-of-town excursions and it proves that these small, privately owned bookstores are so vitally important. Besides their obvious charm and appeal to book lovers and writers, they really open up a window to little known works. For example, I’ve read quite a bit of Lewis – the whole Chronicle of Narnia series as well as his Space Trilogy (first two books are great, the third does get a bit long-winded), but I had never heard of Till We Have Faces. Now on my list are a few other C.S. gems that I may have missed!
What’s new in Michael Griffo world?
Of course it goes without stating I’m incredibly excited that SUNBLIND comes out in September. I’m really looking forward to the fan reaction to the second book in this series. It’s both darker and funnier than MOONGLOW so I’m very proud of the outcome. I’m also thrilled to finally have a new website!! If you haven’t checked out the new and improved MichaelGriffo.com I’m not sure what you’re waiting for! Get there now to find out all the info about my books and me and upcoming events. I’ve also started blogging! I simply don’t have the time to do it every day, but I try to get blog something every other week. Whatever I’m interested in, whatever thoughts are rolling around in my head that I like to share, is what I blog about so you (and I) really never know what’s going to wind up on the site. I’ve also started tweeting! My twitter handle is @Michael2264 so follow me and let’s get the conversation going.
Have you written anything else recently other than The Darkborn Legacy?
I’ve actually crossed back over to my playwriting roots and wrote a vampire play! I can’t give too much away except to say that I wrote The Exchange Student for high school and college audiences in mind so it has a very contemporary voice and feel to it. As with all of my writing I tried to bring as much humor to it as possible to offset some of the scarier, supernatural moments. I’m very excited about it and my hope is that it will be able to announce very soon that it’s been licensed. So if your school is looking for a play to put on this year that’s funny, scary, and filled with vampires and other supernatural creatures, keep me in mind and check out my website to find out more info. I’d love for you to bring my words and characters to life!
What can you tell us about SUNBLIND?
These questions are so tricky! I don’t want to give too much away because personally I hate spoilers! However, to give you an idea of the big picture, in SUNBLIND Dominy has to learn how to live with her curse. MOONGLOW was all about the origin of the curse, how it came to be, and the twists and turns leading up to Dominy’s fate. Now we move forward and learn how Dominy is living with being cursed and dealing with the horrors surrounding her. I tried to push the envelope a little bit and enter into a world that is a little bit darker, where chaos sometimes seems to reign, to see how Dominy and her friends respond to the darkness. Like I said, I sprinkle the novel with humor—because laughter is the tool that helps so many of us survive the darkest moments of our lives—but I haven’t scaled back on the terror! Luba is still as evil as ever and this time she’s got minions!! So never fear, SUNBLIND will make you laugh, but it’ll also make you gasp at what happens to the teenagers in Weeping Water, Nebraska. There’s never a dull moment in that little town!
In the latest book in Michael Griffo’s spellbinding Darkborn Legacy series, Dominy Robineau must choose whether to fight the werewolf inside—or the darkness all around…
Dominy had no choice in becoming a werewolf. The day she turned sixteen, a witch’s curse erased every trace of normal from her life and ignited a wild hunger that’s already cost Dominy her best friend. And though she’s still got her boyfriend, Caleb, and other allies who promise to help her find a cure, Dom feels completely alone. Yet she isn’t alone…
Throughout her hometown of Weeping Water, Nebraska, a legacy of evil is slowly coming to light, pitting friend against friend in an unfolding battle. Dom was sure her only hope was to fight what she’s become. But with an enemy threatening her family, she’ll have to harness the power she fears and gather all the strength she’s got…
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Sunblind (The Darkborn Legacy) by Michael Griffo
(Saturday, February 8, 2014)
Reviewer: Melanie Adkins
Sixteen year old Dominy is struggling to deal with the recent changes in her life. Her best friend Jess is dead as is Dominy's father. Now she has to deal with many new issues. One of those issues is someone is trying to kill her. She's not sure why but she intends to find out. With her friends and her boyfriend watching over her, Dominy sets out to get some answers. She never realizes the answers will affect everyone.
The character Gwen is adorably refreshing and naive. The references to old sayings and items from the eighties makes this fun to read. The characters are your typical teens and their problems are anything but. Your teen will find this book exciting and a terrific read.
I did find issues. The book was longer than it needed to be. Too many "epic" battles along the way. Also you'd need book one to know who the characters are and what the back story is.
I gave this one 3 cheers out of 5 because of the above issues. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~