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David John Griffin

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Born
in Gravesend, The United Kingdom
May 24

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Mervyn Peake, Angela Carter, Jorge Luis Borges, Haruki Murakami

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David John Griffin (@MagicalRealized on Twitter) lives in a small town by the Thames in Kent, UK with his wife Susan, and two terriers called Bullseye & Jimbo.

As well as a writer, he is a graphic designer, creator of iDevice apps, and an occasional electronic music composer.

David’s on-going mission as an author is to produce absorbing, page-turning stories with a literary depth. His novels, with genres covering mystery, gothic and psychological, always have elements of magical realism within. He also writes short stories and at the end of each, aims for that surprising “twist in the tail”.

His first novel - published by Urbane Publications - is called The Extraordinary Possession of Alastair Stubb; and the second novel is called
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David John Griffin Hi Karen, thanks for your question. To an extent, I'm not sure where my ideas come from for my novels, though I think they are inspired by reading and…moreHi Karen, thanks for your question. To an extent, I'm not sure where my ideas come from for my novels, though I think they are inspired by reading and events in everyday life. I take a long time before deciding to write a novel, and I hone ideas in my mind, making sure I have a beginning middle and end before I start. It's only when that has happened, do I decide what genre I want to write in.

For short stories, a lot of the time I've got the ideas based on a story competition theme, or from a title I've made up that I like.

Hope that answers your question.(less)
David John Griffin For most of my writing, a story idea gains definition in my mind over a long period of time. And that's no different for my novella Two Dogs At The…moreFor most of my writing, a story idea gains definition in my mind over a long period of time. And that's no different for my novella Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn - initial ideas concerning its structure came to me early on (while on holiday in the Isle of Wight, UK), i.e correspondence between two women via emails.

It all came together in my head as a rough skeleton of a plot while visiting an inn in Kent called The Dog Inn; and I wrote the novella over a period of 3 months for a novella competition. Although I didn't stand a chance of winning as I'd sent the first draft only for the comp. (on the day of the deadline) it was instructive to myself that intense writing over months can be very productive. I then set about editing it over and again over the course of three or four months more.(less)
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There is a Goodreads Giveaway competition to win a copy of my debut novel The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb (gothic/magical realism).

Free to enter; for a chance to win, go to

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sh...

and good luck. :-)
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David Griffin I am delighted to announce the publication of my debut novel The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb (gothic/magical realism).

Here is the blurb:

The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb is a gothic terror of the highest order, delivering a dream-like and hallucinatory reading experience that promises to reveal secrets both disturbing and astonishing.

Do you dare meet the Stubbs?

A weird and wonderful gothic tale that will enthral any fan of Mervyne Peake and magical realism. The Stubbs will terrify and delight every reader. By turns thrilling, disturbing and seductive.The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb

Thank you for your interest.


message 5: by David

David Griffin Hi, I've been recommending my own book again to my Goodreads friends (well, you would, wouldn't you... ;-) and think that again, I might have recommended it more than once to some people, seeing as I've been recommending different days and I don't think Goodreads remembered the first ones.... if you see what I mean...

Basically, if you've received more than one recommendation for Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn from me, I do apologise.


message 4: by David

David Griffin Hi, I've been recommending my own book Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn to all my friends on Goodreads. But I've had the idea I might be recommending more than once to the same person - if so, I'm really sorry about that - hope it doesn't get on your nerves....

If you enjoy magical realism with a dose of literary paranormal though, there's a good chance you will enjoy reading the novella Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn. :-)


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David Griffin Dreamer wrote: "Hi David,
Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash_fi... for explanation of m/m
Thanks for friending
Dreamer x"


Ah, got it, Dreamer, thanks. (Learn something new every day...) :-)

Thanks for friending too.

Hope you have a great day, David


Dreamer Hi David,
Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash_fi... for explanation of m/m
Thanks for friending
Dreamer x


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David Griffin Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn by David John Griffin

"Dogs are reported for their constant barking...
And so begins one of the strangest stories
you will ever read...

"Emails between Audrey Ackerman, who works for the Animal Welfare and Protection League - and the manager of the centre, Stella Bridgeport, unfold an incredible tale: a series of extraordinary events concerning two dogs reported barking from The One Dog Inn…"

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Hi, if you would like to enter my Goodreads Giveaway competition for the chance to win one of 5 paperbacks of the novella Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn, please go to:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

...and press "Enter to win" ... nothing to lose, it's free to enter. :-)

Thanks and I hope you have a good day.

David John Griffin

P.S One small note: open to US, CA, GB and AU only.

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website: http://www.davidjohngriffin.com

Twitter: @MagicalRealized


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