G. M. Barlean


G. M. (Gina Marie) is married, has two grown children, a Schnauzer and a white cat that sheds on everything. She loves to cook, bake and read. Gina is a cynic hiding in a happy go-lucky woman’s body. She is most definitely not a morning person.

Smashwords Interview

Why do your write dark fiction?
Life isn't all sweet and happy all the time. It seems as though one of the main things I hear all of the time in writing seminars and in conversations with other writers is, not to write about the happy people in the happy village. So I don't. I like to get down to the dark side of human behavior. I find the criminal mind intriguing and I think there is potential anger in all of us. Anger, greed, lust, jealousy...all of those deadly sins and more, make for the root of conflict, and conflict makes a good story.
Who do you think your audience is?
I want my audience to be people who like to read what I read...suspense, thrillers, a little horror here and there...and literary fiction. I like meat in my stories. I MUST have a strong plot line. So, people who like cozies and happy ending books...straight up romance novel readers; they're not going to like what I write.
But, if you like a little grit and aren't afraid of a little dark, then I'm your gal. I like to dive into difficult situations and see where they go. Sometimes, it's just darker before the dawn, that's all.
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Where to find G. M. Barlean online

Where to buy in print


Build a Writing Team
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,930. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Face your inner-entrepreneur and change out of your yoga pants to do some real social-networking. Building a support team is not as complicated as you think. It just takes time and a shift in your mind-set. Stop wondering how everyone else is finding success. You're the boss of your career, so act like it. Take charge and move your writing life forward!
Thorns of Rosewood
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,100. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
In the sunroom of an assisted living facility, four wrinkled old women confess the details of their involvement in a forty-year-old crime. Newspaper editor, Gloria Larson, plans to write a book about their story…and to make them confess to something more. Which one of them is her birth mother?
Dead Blow
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 49,450. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A woman's doorbell rings. She's alone and frightened. Can she trust the man at the door? She lets him in, but something, a memory troubles her. The next morning, a shed on fire, a bludgeoned man, and a dead blow hammer at the dead man's side. The woman is missing. The question is not who done it...it's what will the killer do next, and can small town Sheriff Dewey stop him in time?
Recipes For Revenge, A Four-Course Novel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,240. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Deliciously devilish dark tales about four different women scorned. Men behaving badly pay the price when they mess with clever cooks who serve up recipes for revenge.
Casting Stones, New Unabridged Version
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,120. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Drama
James Raven is a man who needs to be saved. Poor choices, guilt, and desperation trap him in a marriage he doesn't want to survive. Salvation comes in its own good time and with a heavy price. Bloodstained hands will bury secrets deep in the Loess Hills of Missouri. Stones now cover a tragic past yet the question remains…how long can a man hide his sins.

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