Interview with G. M. Barlean

Why do your write dark fiction?
Life isn't always sweet and happy. It seems as though one of the main things I hear at writing seminars, and in conversations with other writers, is to not write about 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 conflict, and conflict makes a good story.
Who do you think your audience is?
People who like to read suspense, thrillers, and a little horror here and there. I like meat in my stories and a strong plot line. So, people who like happy ending books and romance novels may not enjoy what I write.
But, if you like a little grit and aren't afraid of the 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.
Where do you live and how does it affect your writing?
I'm a midwestern gal and always have been. Rural towns and country living is my viewpoint. I see characters all around me. Scruffy, homespun, simple folks. It formulates how I write, to be sure. I love solitude and nature, animals, and the gentle life country living provides. It allows me to think clearly.
What do you like to read?
Good books. Psychology articles. I enjoy Stephan King, John Grisham, and John Irving. But really, I read anyone and anything that looks and sounds good. I tend to go for scary stories and I do have a thing for ghost stories.
What are your interests?
Just about everything! I love all kinds of art. I enjoy cooking because it allows me to be creative. I've loved photography and painting and jewelry making. I've loved gardening and of course I love my pets. Travel is something I wish I could do all of the time. The mountains and the ocean bring the peace I crave. I also enjoy a night out with good friends and sitting outside on a nice evening, enjoying the sound of crickets.
Published 2014-10-22.
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