Should You Write Fiction About Your Profession? An Interview With Dana Griffin

Allison Maruska

Sometimes, I work with writers who make me wonder certain things. Maybe they’re insomniacs and write about stuff happening in dreams, or they’re doctors who write stories about organ harvesting. Or something.

blamedOne such writer is Dana Griffin, a pilot who happens to write airline thrillers. His newest release is Blamed, which I had the genuine privilege of critiquing. But I’ve wondered for some time how that works for him. Isn’t writing about plane crashes when you’re a pilot, you know, terrifying beyond measure?

So I asked, and it turned into an interview-type post. Read on and be enlightened.

1. How long had you worked in the airline industry before you decided to write novels based on it?

Twenty-six terror filled years. Not really. An airline pilot’s life is very mundane (see number two below). But I wrote two novels prior to writing airline thrillers that have not been published…

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