Gina A. Chartier

Biography

Gina A. Chartier is pretending to be "just a human" and feels the waking world could do with a bit more magic and dimensional diversity. She attended Northern Michigan University for a B.S. in both writing and philosophy, staying on for an M.A. in writing with a fiction emphasis, or so she recalls. She currently lives in Saginaw, Michigan, dual classing as word-wizard and paint slinger. She can often be found with a camera pointed at the night sky, the day sky, trees, cats, reflections, rainbows, water, fire, crystals, whatever.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. Moma read to me multiple times a day, using her finger to follow the words, and that's how I learned to read. I remember the first story my mom ever knew I was reading, though: I'd gotten a Rainbow Brite doll (kids of the 80s, unite!) and they came with a little story booklet. So I started reading it out loud, my mom in the other room, and she rushed in to ask where I was getting the story. I was all nonchalantly like, "it's right here," and she was all, "zomg you can read," and I was all like, "yeah, duh, I've always been able to read."

Point being, we often learn how to write through osmosis by reading. A lot. Reading was always my favorite thing to do until I started seriously writing my own stories, because now, unless I'm learning something from the book, it's very hard to not put it down and get back to writing.

The book that made me want to write, I do remember, however. It was assigned to me and the two other kids in first grade who could read: A Wrinkle in Time. That was it for me. That was what I wanted to do. Thank you, Madeleine L'Engle.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could form words from letters. I don't mean it flippantly; as soon as I had letters in my toolbox, I was recording stories that came to mind, trying my tiny hands at poetry, probably one of the youngest She-Ra fan-fictionists of my time.
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Series

Books

Rivermist IV: Cynosure
Series: Rivermist. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,530. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Coming of age
Hello, I'm Caida Price. This lifetime, anyway. I used to be someone else. I keep recognizing strangers as people I know somehow, seeing reflections that aren't quite mine, and dreaming about times and places a thousand years past. My ideas about the world, what is possible, and my place in all of this is expanding so quickly my lungs may explode. I'm falling... but in love, or into a trap?
Rivermist III: Starborn
Series: Rivermist. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,080. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A story told across multiple points in time, Starborn follows the early world incarnations of Illaile and Radael as they attempt to deal with the dread sorcerer Dhalcerus. Their later incarnations and their group of exiles now must seek to save the world or find a way to leave it, never certain who their real enemies actually are.
Rivermist I & II: The Book of the Elders
Series: Rivermist, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 120,350. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
On the shadow side of the planet Phant, the Draige King Rediekiel is summoned by Regen, a peculiar little girl who happens to be the incarnation of the goddess Laki. Unwilling (and unable) to return to his life and his kingdom, Rediekiel places himself between Regen and the fire Dith Gleachel, the incarnation of the dark goddess Daki. But how can he fight a magic surpassing time and space?

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