JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Regina Griffin, author of ‘Ishues – A Second Helping of Del’ishcioius ‘Ish
(Griffin Scott Press)
‘ISHues is the follow up book to the author’s smash conversation igniter, ‘Ish. Inspired by pithy, memorable phrases she saw stenciled on the wall of a department store and her own life happenings, Griffin began writing the collection of provoking sayings. Both books are filled with a pinch of dry wit, a dash of sarcasm and bundles of humor that will prove to be an enjoyable reading experience for all ages.
The book’s title begs the question, “What is ‘Ish?” The author defines ‘Ish as a random, eclectic statement intended to provoke action or emotion – whether amusement, frustration, happiness or angst. ‘Ish can also be any wanton expression or point of view that creates a gust of thought.
From arguably, usable advice to satirical comments, humorous one-liners and simple nuggets of wisdom, ‘ISHues – A Second Helping of Del’Ishcious ‘Ish, has plenty of banter to dish. The book picks up at ‘Ish #161, sharing 145 more juicy statements like, ‘Ish #176, “Parting your lips softly during a job interview is not enough to camouflage your sterling silver tongue ring.” ‘Ish #263 cautions, “Liking (not loving) your spouse is the key to great love making.”
Another that is sure to influence decision making is ‘Ish #285, “If your therapist is a chain smoker and has involuntary face twitches, switch seats.” Readers will ROTF, LOL, STH (shake their heads) and scream OMG as they gobble up this heaping, second helping of “ISHues.”
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write ISHues – A Second Helping of Del’Ishcious ‘Ish?
RG: I was shopping one day and saw a stenciled phrase on the wall of a clothing store that read: “Don’t leave your house until your hair is right,” and “cross your legs knee over knee”.
I instinctively thought to myself, I could write a crap load of thoughtful, provocative and humorous sayings like that. From that night, over the next 3-6 months, I began journaling phrases inspired by that wall and fueled by my life’s happenings.
JP: What sets ISHues – A Second Helping of Del’Ishcious ‘Ish apart from other books in the same genre?
RG: Initially women were my target audience, but my book signings and Facebook fan page unveiled a following I never expected – MEN! One of my Facebook fans sent me a message that her 12-year-old son read ‘Ish three times.
On countless occasions, women have shared hilarious battle-of-the sexes conversations they’ve had with men -while dishin’ the ‘Ish! So, I’d have to say my book is set apart from other books in the same genre because it’s perfectly suited for really anyone fascinated by provocative
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to ISHues – A Second Helping of Del’Ishcious ‘Ish getting out to the public?
RG: I am a marketing strategist by trade, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. I constantly use my skills and expertise acquired through both trades to promote myself as an author and publisher.
I have been blessed to gain access into Barnes and Noble brick and mortar stores as well as the world’s largest passenger airport in the world, Jackson-Hartsfield Atlanta. I also started a publishing company this year, Griffin Scott Press, to promote and distribute the works of other great indie authors.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish ISHues – A Second Helping of Del’Ishcious ‘Ish?
RG: I write daily because words are always formulating in my mind, so on any given day, a story is being written in my head. I keep a journal and writing pad in my purse and near my bed so I can transfer thoughts quickly- as they come. Getting everything out in the raw always works best for me.
I never edit while in my creative process. I always start with getting the concept, tone, and words off the hard drive in my head – editing is always last. It took me about 3 months (start to finish) to complete each book in the series.
JP: What’s next for Regina Griffin?
RG: I am writing two more books for release this year that will be added to the ‘Ish series. One will be suited for children and the other will extend financial advice in a funny, quirky (but usable) manner. I am also currently developing three pilots for my upcoming talk show, which is inspired by the humor and relationship banter in the ‘Ish series.
Introducing the ‘Ish Master Regina Griffin is the author of ‘Ish – Getting the ‘Ish out in the Open, and its spicy follow up, ‘ISHues – A Second Helping of Del’ishcious Ish. Originally inspired by a stenciled phrase on a wall, Regina used her in your face personality and life’s follies to craft this engaging series. The explosive culmination is two books of page-turning, gut-busting, make-you-wanna-say…uuuuum expressions.
Regina Griffin is a native of Atlanta, Georgia who holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. Her former writing credentials include editor’s choice blogger, contributing writer for The Atlanta Journal & Constitution’s Intown newspaper and speech writer for a former Commissioner of Public Safety.
This entrepreneur has recently added the titles of author and publisher to her long list of professional credentials. A working author, Regina enjoys connecting with readers. She spends the majority of her time traveling the country, dishin’ the ‘Ish at book signings, speaking engagements and media venues.