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surface mail: P.O.Box 14, Plain Dealing, LA 71064
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Biography for Winnie Griggs
Winnie Griggs is the multi-published, award-winning author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She has published with four different houses since her debut in 2001 and has released over 25 titles. Her work has won a number of regional and national awards, including the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. Winnie also pens a regular writing how-to column for a regional publication, The Minute Magazine.
Winnie has presented workshops on various writing and career topics at national conferences such as Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers and the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, as well as at numerous regional conferences in the US and Canada. She is active in her local Romance Writers of America chapter, and currently serves on the national Board of Romance Writers of America.
On a personal note, Winnie grew up in southeast Louisiana in an undeveloped area her friends thought of as the back of beyond. She and her two younger siblings spent many an hour exploring the overgrown land around her home, cutting jungle trails, building forts and frontier camps, and looking for pirate ships on the nearby bayou. Once she 'grew up' she found other outlets for dealing with all those wonderful, adventurous, imaginary friends by filling notebooks with their stories.
Eventually she found her own Prince Charming, a rancher whose white steed takes the form of a tractor and whose kingdom is situated in a small rural community that she loves to call home, and together they built their own storybook happily-ever-after, one that includes four now-grown children who are all happily pursing adventures of their own.
Winnie worked for 35 years in the business sector, holding management positions in the Information Technology and Contract Management Departments at a major electric utility holding company. Now retired, when not busy writing, she enjoys cooking, browsing estate sales and solving puzzles. She is also a list maker, a lover of exotic teas and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.
Winnie loves to hear from readers as well as fellow writers - you can connect with her on facebook at facebook.com/WinnieGriggs.Author or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basic Stats for Winnie Griggs
- Married since 1975 to her college sweetheart
- The mother of four children
- Attended Immaculata High School, Marrero, LA on academic scholarship, Graduated in 1971
- Attended Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA on academic scholarship, Graduated cum laude in 1975, B.S. degree in Mathematics, minor in Computer Science
- Began work for SouthWestern Electric Power Co. in 1975 as a computer programmer.
- After filling a number of positions over her 35 year career - including supervisor, manager and project development specialist - Winnie retired and now writes full time.
PROFESSIONAL WRITING ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS:
- Romance Writers of America (currently serving as a Board member)
- Novelists, Inc.
- North Louisiana StoryTellers and Authors of Romance
- American Christian Fiction Writers
- Texas Writers, Inc
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams -- Eleanor Roosevelt
Best thing to happen as a result of her First Book Sale
My sister sent a small announcement of my book sale to my high school alma mater's alumni newsletter. The alumni director was wonderfully enthusiastic and a few weeks later did me the extreme honor of inviting me to present the commencement address to the 2001 graduating class. This was an incredible, never-to-be-forgotten experience.