Today I am featuring author Dana Griffin, who recently published his first book. Get to know the author, or try to among his many antics, and enjoy.
- Describe yourself.
I’m tall, dark and handsome. Some people swear I look just like Brad Pitt. I wish. I’m a middle age husband/pilot/writer/dreamer/dog lover/procrastinator.
- What is your favourite fruit flavour?
Chocolate. What? That’s not a fruit?
- What is your favourite day of the week?
The day I’m not working. My work schedule varies so I seldom have the same days off each week. Although I love my job, I love being home.
- Which is your favourite time of the day?
10:12 a.m. Not really. Hmm … I don’t think I have a favorite time.
- Are you a morning person or a night person?
If given a choice, I’d stay up late and sleep in. My work schedule varies so I have to adapt all the time to working either early morning, or all night.
- What is your favourite breakfast meal?
Steak and eggs, with thick slabs of whole wheat toast and lots of coffee. Leave the pot at the table.
- What is your favourite colour and why?
Blue, because its the color of the sky where airplanes fly. Or, because that’s my eye color. Wow, If I use that logic, imagine what my eyes would look like if I said my favorite color was orange.
- Which is your most favourite book ever?
I only get one? Hmmm … why are the tough questions in the middle? I don’t know if I can name a most favorite book ever. I’ve read so many good books that I loved, picking one as my favorite is imposible. Most of my reading has been the popular books over the last forty years. I haven’t read that many of the classics.
- What kind of music do you like?
Popular rock from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Although, once in awhile I’ll get out of my stuck in the same groove mode and hear a new song, or group I like.
- Which is your favourite genre of films?
Romance. Just kidding. Action adventure, or suspense. But I also love a movie with a great story where the characters face incredible odds, but managed to get out of the situation their in with the help from others.
- Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
It has to be in this Earth? Damn. I was going to say, the Sea of Capricorn on the moon. Great place to vacation. But since it has to be in this Earth, doesn’t that mean under ground? Well then, I love Mammoth Cave or Carlsbad Caverns. Okay, I’m being a wise-ass. Home in Louisville Kentucky. But there are so many other places I love too. Like, New England, the Pacific Northwest, the Rockies.
- Which animal would you want to be and why?
Finally an easy question. A dog. I’d love to love as unconditionally as they do.
- If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
Great. Back to the hard questions. Real would be Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner and J. K. Rowling. Because I love their work and hope I might sipón some of their talent off them. In Ms. Rowling’s case, maybe some of her money. Fictious would be Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger.
- If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
Peace on earth, good will to men, and unlimited coffee. Okay, I suppose you want the serious answer. To know the cause of cáncer, so we could find a cure for it. How to make man love his fellow man. And to rid the world of selfishness. And to have unlimited time to write and that my books would be best sellers and people would praise them. Oh, that was more than three. Oops. Okay, the cáncer, love man, and selfishness are my real answers.
- If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
My wife, unlimited wáter and coffee, (is that two or three?) peanut butter M &M’s (they have protein in them), dark chocolate, and a knife. I know, that’s more than five, but I’m needy that way.
- If you could be anyone, who would you be?
Paul McCartney. No, Britney Spears (not really). I’m very happy being myself. I’d rather not be anyone else.
- What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
I wish I wasn’t as judgmental of others.
- What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Go into outerspace. How cool would that be?
- What would you do if you won the lottery?
Before or after I bought the jet to fly myself around in? I would like to set up an organization that helped people in need become self sustaining.
- If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
Making love. I’d want to be with my wife enjoying whatever we wound up doing.
- Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
Regrettably, I was a nice kid. The naughty kids had more fun. Maybe that’s why I write books where my characters get into situations I hope I never do.
- What was the happiest moment in your life?
Oh, great. Another hard question. I’ve had thousands and thousands happy moments. It’ll be hard to say what was the happiest. The day my wife and I married rates right up there as one of them. The day I soloed an airplane. The day my step-daughter and her husband made me a grandfather to twins. Every day I wake up.
- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Still answering this questionaire. Does this thing ever end? Still flying for an airline and writing every spare moment.
- What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
The day I saved the world from ending by hunting down and arresting the guy releasing the deadly virus. Oh, I was suppose to give a serious anwer. Sorry, nothing is coming to mind.
- What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
Any weekend my wife and I have off together with no plans other than enjoy each other’s time. That would usually have to be during a vacation. When off together at home, we don’t have weekends like that as there is always something going on to take us away from this idle time.
- Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
That weekend at The Sea of Capricorn on the moon. Best holiday ever. Oh, okay. The trip to the Pacific Northwest and Yellowstone National Park with our camper three years ago.
- Have you got a phobia you want to share?
Answering lengthy questionaires with a bunch of personal questions. I fear they’ll never end and I’ll get the questions wrong. What will people think of me?
- What makes you angry?
Lenghty questionnaires. Seriously, selfish people.
- What do you do when you feel sad?
Isolate. If I’m really sad, I’ll cry. I’m not afraid to admit it.
- Who or what inspires you?
All of the great authors who write such incredible stories that make me anxious to read their next book inspire me as a writer. As a person, the single parents who raise great children do. Or, the leaders in government or business who say, “I will not treat others bad just because I can.” Unfortunately there aren’t that many who do that. So I’d say the person who’ll do something for someone else for the simple act of helping another, that person inspires me.
- Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
My first novel, The Cover-Up
, is an airline thriller. Here’s the blurb on the back cover:
Omega Airlines Boeing 737 blows a tire on takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport and crashes into Flushing Bay. The Captain and ten people are killed; the First Officer and fifty-eight injured.
His divorce imminent, Omega Airlines Pilot Instructor Kyle Masters is brought in to assist the NTSB’s accident investigation. He and NTSB Investigator Lori Almond discover someone had played a role in the accident.
Determined to absolve the crew and the airline of full responsibility for the disaster, Kyle uses his operational knowledge – and healthy dose of humor. With Lori’s expertise in accident investigations, the duo close in on their target, putting their lives, and Kyle’s family’s, in danger.
It was released on Amazon October, 14th. I am presently writing a stand alone novel that follows The Cover Up with the same protagonist. I hope to have it finished by this time next year if I ever get this questionnaire finished.
I’ve been a pilot for over twenty-five years and employed by a major U.S. airline for the last fifteen.
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Thank you for interviewing me. Even though I made fun of this interview, I enjoyed it and appreciate you posting this on your website.