Meet Maria Grazia Swan–and win one of her books!

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Note: Once a month, I’ll introduce you to one of my author friends, and we’ll give away one digital copy of the author’s books. This month’s guest is Maria Grazia Swan.


Facebook info:

Name of your series: Mina’s Adventures

One line that describes your series:

Name of most recent book: Sniffing Out Murder  — and we’re giving away one copy to a lucky commenter. You have until Monday, Sept. 18 to comment.

Buy link:

  1. What gave you the idea for this series? My divorce. It was a long and messy divorce. I couldn’t sleep and was taking Creative Writing at Saddleback College, (O.C, California) so I made good use of my sleepless nights and the anger brewing inside. I cannot describe the satisfaction of killing off on paper a few of the real life main culprits.
  2. Which character is most like you? Mina a little. Paola a lot. I could have been a Mina, but I was born too early. Different lifestyle.
  3. What’s the hardest part of writing? In my case is the language. At time I’m talking Italian in my head. Other times I know the word, but not sure about the spelling.
  4. What inspires you to keep writing? It’s in my blood. I won my first literary award at the age of fourteen. The old fourteen, before computers, cell phones and social media. Heck, we didn’t even had television until I was seventeen. And when I write I forget all my troubles. And in the morning, no hangover.
  5. What would you say to other would-be writers who have yet to get published? Never give up. Slow and steady will get you there.

11 thoughts on “Meet Maria Grazia Swan–and win one of her books!

  1. Sounds deliciously intriguing. I wrote out a lot of feelings about my ex, during divorce proceedings (The ex often ended dead in my head!!!)

  2. Never give up. Slow and steady will get you there is good advice for everyone! You used your sleeplessness to your advantage! I would love to read Sniffing Out Murder!

  3. Hi Maria! I would love to win one of your books! My husband just went on full disability making our finances extremely constrained. To make matters worse, I took early retirement to help care for him. Books are at the bottom of the list. Thank you for such a great opportunity! I appreciate it very Much! I look forward to getting to know you better!

    • Debi, I’m not the one to pick the winners, with that said, if you don’t win, send me a little note, you can find me on FB, and I’ll make sure you get something to help you take your mind away from daily routines if only for a few hours..good luck Debi, and hugs. Maria Grazia

  4. I love to read and am always looking for new (to me) favorite authors. This book sounds like something I would really like. And, of course, I like to win free stuff.

  5. I am hoping the dog on the cover means we can expect to find a canine protagonist or two in your stories? I love it when animals play large roles in mystery novels. I guess that’s no surprise since I’m here reading Joanna Campbell Slan’s website, though. 🙂

  6. It is nice of Joanna to introduce her readers to other authors.
    Please do NOT enter me to win one of Maria’s books, I have them all.
    I absolutely adore Mina! And I love Lella York (different series).

  7. Oh, my gosh! So glad that so many of you came to visit Maria. The winner is….drumroll, please…

    Debi Rumph.

    I used a random number generator and it selected the number 3. I counted down three–and Debi was it! Debi, please email me at so we can send you your prize.

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