For those who don’t know you, introduce yourself, your writing and books
Given name Roy Madison Griffis.
Roy for my mom’s father.
Madison from my dad’s father. He was born in deep south, and his birth name was Marion Madison Griffis, but my own father had an inkling such a name might cause me trouble in the growing-up-and-surviving department, so he opted for the middle name.
All that being said, most people call me “Griff.” I was in the Coast Guard about 30 seconds before I became Griff for the rest of my life.
My writing? Along the way, I’ve written plays, poetry, short stories, and screenplays. Last ten years or so, I drifted into novels. Prior to that, I’d been making the rounds in Hollywood, and gotten really tired of facing the committees of MBAs who gave “notes” on your scripts. The turning point was probably when I’d written a screenplay set in the Korean War, and it had––unsurprisingly for anyone who knows anything about history–– Chinese Communists as antagonists. One MBA said “Hold on, I need to make sure it’s okay to have the Chinese as bad guys.” Dude, it’s the Korean War, about a million Red Chinese soldiers dropped by one winter day to give a .50 caliber raspberry to Doug McArthur and the UN troops.
Oh, then I got good news. I was informed it was okay to have Chinese villains. I stopped trying to schlep my screenplays shortly after that, which was just as well, since people stopped being interested in reading them.