Janina Grey

On August 29th, at 6 PM, The Little Falls Public Library will host a book signing by local author Janina Grey. Her first novel, Ten Bucks and a Wish, was released this past April. It is the story of a woman named Deanna Drake. She returns to Long Island after her father’s death, to find that her despised ex-lover is the executor of the estate.

Library Director Anne Nassar recently interviewed Ms. Grey about her writing habits, her inspiration, and her fans.
Q. When did you start writing?
A. I began writing poetry when I was seven years old. By 6th grade, I was writing short stories that were read in class each week. I knew at that point I wanted to be a writer. I didn’t realize I already was a writer.

Q. What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
A. I hope that readers take away just that: hope. I believe with all my heart that everyone has a happily ever after waiting for them, and it they just don’t stop believing, it will happen.

Q. Who is your intended audience?
A. My audience is anyone who has ever been in love, wanted to be in love, fell in and out of love, and had a second chance at love, regardless of gender, age, economic status, religion or ethnicity. My audience believes in true love and happily ever afters.

Q. Do you write every day, or wait for inspiration to hit?
A. I’m up at 5 or 6 AM writing faithfully. Then throughout the day, I may get the chance to write more. However, writing and inspiration are two different things – you can’t schedule inspiration. My inspiration can hit after a dream, or listening to a song, or sitting on my porch, or seeing something pass while in a car. So I have to store that away until I’m able to transfer it onto paper or a digital page.

Q. Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
A. Read other authors in the same genre you write. Write every day, even if it’s horrible. You can always delete, but you can’t edit an empty page. Don’t give up – ever. Listen to your characters when they tell you to do something. Seriously. They are always right.

Ten Bucks and a Wish is available on Amazon. Copies can also be purchased at the library at the event.
For more information, call (315) 823-1542.