Hello Gin, before we began the interview tell me what name you’d like to be called by please.
Gin: Call me Gin.
Dyanne: You’re a lover of paranormal fiction like I am. Tell me if you can remember what got you interested in the paranormal world.
Gin: The old television shows like Rod Serling's Night Gallery and The Twilight Zone. Nobody did spooky like Rod Serling.
Dyanne: LOL. I totally agree with you about Rod Serling. I imagine he sparked the imagination of many. When did you first discover that you wanted to be a writer?
Gin: When I was a child. A child's world can be so stressful – take into account the powerlessness of being a child in a world governed by adults. Now add the effects of poverty into that world. Throw in the bullies who don't come to school in order to learn but in order to spread around their thick-headed misery. So a child needs escape, something to help her cope with the stresses of life. My escape became writing. And reading my mom's smutty, titillating novels had an influence on me, too.
Dyanne: Hmm. I guess I’ve always thought of reading for me as a way to escape I guess. As for your mom’s reading material, no comment. (grin) Tell me a little about your first published work and the journey to getting it in print.
Gin: You mean book? Because the published first work was a poem I wrote when I was a teen-ager. That doesn't count because I knew the columnist, who was an astrologer. She was my step-brother's girlfriend, and they met when they were trying to pick each other's pocket. No, that was a joke made up by my brother, who is a cut-up. My brother is the successful one in the family. My step-brother's girlfriend was hurting for material, so she picked up a space-age poem I wrote.
Loki Unbound, the second book to be published, has a much more interesting history than the first book to be published which was called Dark Succubi. Loki Unbound came about because I was a real Norse myth nut, and I saw this call for submission for an anthology of mythology. This was my first attempt at writing for royalties, and I thought what the hell? Anyway the project folded, or at least, the editor said that the project was put on hold, and I had this story on my hands, which turned out to be way too long for the anthology anyway. So I remember shopping the book around with fond memories because I made every mistake you can possibly think of. I made mistakes that probably hadn't been invented yet. When an editor picked up the book, I had to do a complete rewrite of the story. But plenty of raw energy went into that book, that was Gin jumping out there and doing her naïve thing.
When Dark Succubi came out I was a little less naïve about the publishing world, but I was feeling political. The book was about politics with the trappings of a romance – albeit it wasn't exactly a traditional romance. It was written in symbols because I didn't want to come out and say "This whole idea of imperialism, of attacking other countries and war profiteering is self-defeating. It's like going into the wolf's den and not expecting the wolf cubs to grow up with hard feelings after you've invaded their den."
Dyanne: I think at some point in a writer’s career we all buck the system be it at the beginning, middle or end. Has the journey been all that you’d hoped it would be?
Gin: Let's put it this way. When you're young and naïve, you really aren't sure what to expect. You remember that part fondly because you were naïve and fresh. When you're a little more experienced, you think 'Well, publishing fiction is a business. It may be a business built on fantasy, but it's a business, nevertheless. People behave as if it's a business." You're going to meet people who will give valuable time to help you, to share their experience with you, to do everything they can to help you in terms of your becoming a polished author. And you're going to meet people who are going to do whatever they can to put their names out there.
Dyanne: I agree with you that the publishing part of writing is a business. Sometimes it’s hard to look at your dream as a business but if you’re writing to become published then at some point you have to come to that realization. That said, if you could change one thing in the publishing world what would it be?
Gin: That by law, reviewers had better have at least one book published per every work they've chopped up.
Dyanne: LOL. Tell me where to sign that petition and I’m game. Let me ask a safer question. If you could change one thing in your personal life what would it be?
Gin: Richer. I already have the viking husband and the beautiful child. I'm set in that department.
Dyanne: Gin, maybe I should have asked you to name the thing you actually have the power to change. (grin) But here’s hoping you have the power to become rich. Now this is the biggie. You’re granted three wishes what will they be? Be honest now.
Gin: Money, more money, and more than more money. If there was such a thing as most money, I'd squeeze that in there too.
Dyanne: I did ask you to be honest didn’t I? (smile) Next time I’m going to tell you that at least one of the wishes have to be for something GOOD for someone other than Gin. LOL. Thanks for taking the time to visit Gin. Would you like to give your contact info so that readers can reach you?
Gin: Readers can drop me a line on the blog Gin In Your Tea at http://ginnyourtea.blogspot.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.