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About "The Griffin Cryer":

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Teenager Frankie Shaunessy discovers she has an unusual talent when she accidentally summons a griffin and his rider from another dimension. The Rider is tall, blond and arrogant. However, Balkind is the sweetest most loveable griffin Frankie has ever met, and she’s determined to help them return home, to their own world. (read more)

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “The Griffin Cryer”?

Hughes: My home village is surrounded by lakes and rivers. One evening while walking my dogs over fields and hills, I glanced back at the village. A mist rose from the lakes, and as I watched, it consumed every sign of civilisation. It was a beautiful sight, yet eerie. I thought: Anything could fly out of that mist, even a dragon. Then I thought: Not a dragon – a griffin! (read more)

JP: What sets “The Griffin Cryer” apart from other books in the same genre?

JH: Although “The Griffin Cryer” features a mythological beast and introduces other worlds. This is a fantasy readers can believe in. As I wrote, I realised all my characters were captive in someway. (read more)

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “The Griffin Cryer” getting out to the public?

JH: I believe any success “The Griffin Cryer” has with the reading public will be thanks to hard working book bloggers and readers who are kind enough to recommend this story to their friends. (read more)

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “The Griffin Cryer”?

JH: My writing process is a mixture of organic and outlined plot. I’ve read books which are great – fantastic – that sweep me along right up until the last third or so of the story. Then often it seems the author either lost interest or didn’t know how to end the story. Grrrrr! (read more)

JP: What’s next for Julia Hughes?

JH: I’m working on “The Griffin’s Boy” as a companion to “The Griffin Cryer”. Many readers wanted to know more about the mysterious rider, this is his story. (read more)

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