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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Books by This Author

Flames of Rosewood
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,550. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Gloria Larson learns of her mother’s murder, and the list of suspects grows by the minute. As she meets new family members, trust issues blaze. Fortunately, she still has her Thorns, but a handful of old women can only do so much against the flames in Rosewood. However when it comes to raging fires—one should never underestimate strong-willed women.
The Scary Things, They're out...
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,670. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Four short stories to chill your blood. This book contains, The Consummate Gardener, Beyond the Door, Without You, and Come With Goodwill. Great short reads for the spooky Halloween holiday. A woman has some peculiar ideas about gardening. A nightmare become reality. A threat is finally taken as an invitation. Five writers find what they seek and four of them live to regret it.
Moments of Clarity
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,350. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
A collection of humorous and thoughtful essays taken from G. M. Barlean's blog, Moments of Clarity at
Build a Writing Team
Price: Free! Words: 26,000. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2014. Categories: 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: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,100. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » 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. Categories: 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'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. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,120. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
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.