Donald Griswold

    Author, Memoirist, Storyteller

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    About Donald

    Donald Griswold was first published in The Weekly Reader as a 1st grade student.  After he was awarded a journalism scholarship, Donald earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film, specializing in the narrative of film writing. For twenty years, Donald has owned Dog Star Media, a boutique content marketing company with a national clientele of high-end small businesses. Professionally, Donald has written and directed narrative, comedic and marketing scripts for video and radio. Donald has also written marketing content, advertisements, educational materials and has ghost written a memoir.  Donald writes works of fiction and non-fiction and he published his first novel, Dying Light, in 2017.

     

    Donald is a long-time supporter of the arts in Dallas. He supports museums, local artists and live performance, especially ShakespeareDallas. Donald frequently visits the best Dallas-area music venues to support local musicians and live performance. Donald lives in Downtown Dallas, not far from The Dallas Arts District.  He has two daughters and his family lives in the Dallas area.

    Q & A with Donald

    Q: What caused you to write Dying Light?
    I got the main plot and themes for Dying Light all at once.  It felt like a lightning bolt.  I was on vacation with my girls, sitting outside at an Austin resort watching them play in the pool.  The experience was so profound, I started writing that night.

    Q: Why did you choose literary fiction?
    I started writing seriously following a divorce after fifteen years of marriage.  When that happens to you, there’s a lot of reading, learning and rebuilding.  I realized a lot of the personal work I was doing on mindfulness and self-awareness to recover could be told through characters and their experiences.  It’s a way my experience with grown might be able to help others.  I’m sure subconsciously, that’s where the Dying Light themes are rooted.  So, big themes led to choosing literary fiction as my genre.

    Q: What was your “Ah-Ha!” moment as a writer?
    I’ve had a lot of them but the one that had the biggest impact happened at a stage performance by my creative muse singer/songwriter Aimee Mann and Billy Collins. the U.S. Poet Laureate.  In their show, the began to explain storytelling in their chosen genres.  Billy made the point that stories give people a common framework of understanding.  So, through stories, we know we are not alone.  I knew at that moment I would always write.  I knew my purpose.  Incidentally, it was at that show that I was healed by Aimee’s music.  I walked in on crutches barely able to stand due to back pain and walked out pain free, carrying the crutches in one hand after Aimee’s encore.  True story.  Faith-healed by music!

    Q: You got a sea turtle tattoo to commemorate finishing Dying Light.  Why?
    The sea turtle is my spirit animal.  It has shown up at different points throughout my life.  The turtle represents creativity, family, patience, endurance and persistence.  I wanted that to be part of me.

    Q: What are some of your favorite books?
    I love the economy of Hemingway, so give me The Old Man and The Sea by Hemingway.  I also love the narrative, tone, language and Texas immersion you get from Larry McMurtry.  Leaving Cheyenne is my favorite by McMurtry. Recently, I read The Sportswriter by Richard Ford.  I loved how he just put you inside the head of the depressed, wandering main character as he did the best he could.  For mindfulness, give me Pema Chodron and Eckhard Tolle.  I love When Things Fall Apart by Chodron and A New Earth by Tolle.

    About Donald

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    Donald Griswold was first published in The Weekly Reader as a 1st grade student.  After he was awarded a journalism scholarship, Donald earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film, specializing in the narrative of film writing. For twenty years, Donald has owned Dog Star Media, a boutique content marketing company with a national clientele of high-end small businesses. Professionally, Donald has written and directed narrative, comedic and marketing scripts for video and radio. Donald has also written marketing content, advertisements, educational materials and has ghost written a memoir.  Donald writes works of fiction and non-fiction and he published his first novel, Dying Light, in 2017.

     

    Donald is a long-time supporter of the arts in Dallas. He supports museums, local artists and live performance, especially ShakespeareDallas. Donald frequently visits the best Dallas-area music venues to support local musicians and live performance. Donald lives in Downtown Dallas, not far from The Dallas Arts District.  He has two daughters and his family lives in the Dallas area.

    Q & A with Donald

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    Q: What caused you to write Dying Light?
    I got the main plot and themes for Dying Light all at once.  It felt like a lightning bolt.  I was on vacation with my girls, sitting outside at an Austin resort watching them play in the pool.  The experience was so profound, I started writing that night.

    Q: Why did you choose literary fiction?
    I started writing seriously following a divorce after fifteen years of marriage.  When that happens to you, there’s a lot of reading, learning and rebuilding.  I realized a lot of the personal work I was doing on mindfulness and self-awareness to recover could be told through characters and their experiences.  It’s a way my experience with grown might be able to help others.  I’m sure subconsciously, that’s where the Dying Light themes are rooted.  So, big themes led to choosing literary fiction as my genre.

    Q: What was your “Ah-Ha!” moment as a writer?
    I’ve had a lot of them but the one that had the biggest impact happened at a stage performance by my creative muse singer/songwriter Aimee Mann and Billy Collins. the U.S. Poet Laureate.  In their show, the began to explain storytelling in their chosen genres.  Billy made the point that stories give people a common framework of understanding.  So, through stories, we know we are not alone.  I knew at that moment I would always write.  I knew my purpose.  Incidentally, it was at that show that I was healed by Aimee’s music.  I walked in on crutches barely able to stand due to back pain and walked out pain free, carrying the crutches in one hand after Aimee’s encore.  True story.  Faith-healed by music!

    Q: You got a sea turtle tattoo to commemorate finishing Dying Light.  Why?
    The sea turtle is my spirit animal.  It has shown up at different points throughout my life.  The turtle represents creativity, family, patience, endurance and persistence.  I wanted that to be part of me.

    Q: What are some of your favorite books?
    I love the economy of Hemingway, so give me The Old Man and The Sea by Hemingway.  I also love the narrative, tone, language and Texas immersion you get from Larry McMurtry.  Leaving Cheyenne is my favorite by McMurtry. Recently, I read The Sportswriter by Richard Ford.  I loved how he just put you inside the head of the depressed, wandering main character as he did the best he could.  For mindfulness, give me Pema Chodron and Eckhard Tolle.  I love When Things Fall Apart by Chodron and A New Earth by Tolle.

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