1. Next chapter: Griffin is already working on his next Matt Royal novel, tentatively called “Found.” In the opening scene, fictional Longboat Key Police Detective Jennifer Diane “J.D.” Duncan receives a text message and picture from an old friend who is missing was presumed dead reading “Help.”
2. Buy the books: Griffin estimates that he has sold, at most, between 20,000 and 30,000 novels, but when 2010’s “Blood Island” was briefly offered as a free download on Amazon.com, it was downloaded more than 100,000 times.
3. Reading the write stuff: Griffin credits his lifelong voracious reading habits with teaching him to write.
4. School of life: Griffin wrote frequently when he was in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany along the Berlin Wall when it was erected and faced the constant threat of Soviet invasion. He wrote about his thoughts and feelings, knowing that he would want to remember his experiences.
5. Change in perspective: Griffin has toyed with the idea of writing a novel from J.D.’s point of view and has written a couple of pages. But he knows he would have to write it in the third person because getting into the head of a woman could be dangerous.
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Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.