After years of trying to do it on my own I wisely took a friend’s advice and brought in a team of professionals to give my website a much needed make-over. Drum roll please! Welcome to the new – and vastly improved – MichaelGriffo.com!
My hope is that you’ll find this site fun, informative, and a place you enjoy visiting. We’ll chat, we’ll laugh, we’ll interact and get to know each other better. To start things off, here are some Griffacts (facts about me that is) that will shed some light on who I am as a person and a writer.
I was born in Hoboken, New Jersey (home of Frank Sinatra), but moved to Secaucus when I was in the sixth grade. After high school, I went to New York University and majored in Journalism and since then I’ve worked as a magazine editor, actor, and even a legal assistant. Like most twentysomethings, I had to experience the New York City lifestyle, but after a few years of living in an apartment the size of a shoebox, the luster faded and I made the trek back home to the suburbs. Culturally and aesthetically New York cannot be beat, but nothing is better than coming home to my own backyard and being able to hop in my car to drive to parts unknown.
Growing up I was always fascinated with the supernatural and science fiction. Dark Shadows, Logan’s Run, The Man From Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, are some of my favorites that – for better or worse – shaped my storytelling. Even my all-time favorite novel – Jane Eyre – is a gothic classic laced with supernatural elements. That Charlotte Brontë was so far ahead of her time!
As you might expect there are certain authors who inspired – and keep inspiring me – to become the best writer I can possibly be. Shirley Jackson is quite simply a master! Her novel We Have Always Lived in The Castle is brilliant and a must read. I haven’t read the entire Stephen King oeuvre, but I was quite surprised to find that Carrie is not just a thrilling story, but beautifully written as well. C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia is a perfect example of a children’s series that transcends children’s literature to become something provocative and thoughtful. His Screwtape Letters and Space Trilogy are just as insightful as they combine religious ruminations with science fiction. The simple, yet evocative prose of John Knowles’s A Separate Peace will always hold a special place in my heart, as will F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, which is just gorgeous.
And nothing says inspiration like imitation! Right after I read Suzanne Collins’s wild ride that is The Hunger Games, I knew I had to write my next novel – MOONGLOW – in the first person, present tense. And so I did!
So that’s a little bit about me. Keep clicking through the site and you’ll find out even more!
Thanks for visiting!