Gina Marie Long is an author of paranormal thrillers, urban fantasy, and young adult romance. As of early 2015, she has written Unknown Touch: Werewolf Series, Rocked: A Chelsie Valdar Saga, and The Reaper’s Cat.
Gina's fiction stories are inspired from her interest in the supernatural, science fiction and fantasy world. She enjoys reading, watching evening TV shows, movies and listening to music. Writing indulges her passion for the entertainment arts, giving her active mind a playground of possibilities to explore. She is active on social media sites and blogs, making connections with others who share the same interests.
She writes about werewolves, vampires, witches, werecats, Bigfoot, demons, psychics, Vikings, ghosts, and riveting human characters. But not ALL in the same book! In addition, a light romance is included to spice things up (come on - every book, movie and TV show has some sort of a love story in it). The books do not fall under the romance category... just enough in the storyline to satisfy the girls. And, the boys can breathe easy with the knowledge they're not reading a romance novel but a paranormal thriller, instead. Depending on which series, the ages of the main characters are 16 through 30.
Gina's creativity blossomed as an only child, playing make believe games to keep herself busy. She grew up with a variety of pets as her companions, including dogs (always one in the house), parakeets, hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs. At one point, she setup her own Long's Little Library and loaned out books from her private collection (keep in mind, she was about 14 years old at the time!). As a teen, she constantly watched horror movies and started writing stories and newsletters.
Her favorite authors are: Amanda Hocking, Heather Brewer, Suzanne Collins, Karen Marie Moning, Anne Rice, Marissa Meyer, Lauren Oliver, Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, plus many others.
Other miscellaneous facts: loves pizza, loves anything chocolate, loves French vanilla cappuccinos, loves reading YA, wears ponytails almost daily, owns a cat website, a tortoiseshell cat owns her, has OCD and ADHD, loves sweatpants, is afraid of horses, hates mowing grass, is a list maker, is a solitary person, hates math, and plays Publisher's Clearing House hoping to win millions of dollars and run off (with hubby and cat) to Montana or Arizona (or both).
"It's exhilarating for me to create strong, unusual characters with thrilling story lines, and to have readers who fall in love with them… or want to strangle them! I like writing tense situations with the clock ticking down, making readers wonder, ‘Eeek! What happens next?’ Writing books about other beings, such as werewolves and vampires, allows rules to be broken concerning life and the world as we know it. The idea to have these supernatural species living and breathing among us is so wickedly intriguing. Having close contact with them, developing relationships, and dealing with the good vs. the evil - it sweeps you away into another reality – an escape from real life. You wonder and worry about what the characters will stumble upon next. Or, what horrific tragedy knocks them flat on their faces." ~~Gina
In another life, Gina owned and operated a beauty salon for a number of years. In 2010, she sold the shop and dove into writing full-time.
She lives in Highland, Illinois, with her husband and Jessie Cat.
Email me: (spelled out to avoid spammers) ginamarielong at gmail dot com
Frequently Asked Questions to Gina Marie Long
1. Favorite book as a child?
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
2. What are your favorite type/genre of books?
Paranormal with or w/out romance, fantasy, urban fantasy, young-adult (even if I'm not a young adult!), science fiction.
3. What is a favorite line from your book, Unknown Touch?
"He entrusted Dom to protect me while he went into the battlefield. Tears were hanging on the rims of my eyes, as Daniel walked off to meet Stephen head on."
4. Why that segment?
As you're reading the book, it is a time Daniel has to make serious life and death decisions. He cannot protect Kara at that moment; and he is forced to entrust her safety to someone else.
5. Are you self-published?
Yes. I also consider myself an indie author/publisher.
6. Favorite part of writing a book?
Knowing that I'm creating an entire novel, hundreds of pages that others will read, is very intoxicating. It's wild how an entire fictional world is brought to life.
7. Least favorite part of writing a book?
Preparing for and progressing through my original submission process to publishers. Very time consuming. But I have my publisher now for the Werewolf Series, and it's likely I'll self-publish future books that are not in that series. I like the control of self-publishing and I'm familiar with running my own business (I used to own a beauty salon for 17 years).
8. Are you working on anything new?
Yes. I'm always writing something.
9. Do you have any rituals or routines to your writing?
I start with an outline. I research like crazy on the internet for names, locations, background info I need for characters, places, etc. I diligently back up my writing in three places. I'll read chapters out loud.
10. Comment on the writing life...
I'm proud and surprised to say that while I wrote my first book, I never had writer's block for more than five minutes. My brain is constantly on "go". Time zips by when I write. *Update:* I do get distracted, though. The internet can suck your time. You have to stay focused and motivated and organized.
11. When was Unknown Touch, your first novel, written?
April 2009 through July 2009. I really dove in during mid May all the way to when I finished it on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 6:58 p.m.!!
12. Why do you write?
I love the entertainment field. I like being my own boss. It's exciting. It doesn't feel like work, most of the time. You enter a different world – an escape from daily life. It's fun creating stories.
13. When do you write?
I don't have any set time or day. I like to write when I have chunks of time. In other words, it's unlikely I would sit down to write if I only have thirty minutes of time.
14. When did you know you were a writer?
In high school, I made A's on my essays and book reports. I can talk up a storm. I'm into details. I'm organized and like to do research. When I realized that 90% of what I do in my spare time revolves around something with entertainment, I figured I wasn't barking up the wrong tree by deciding to write a book! Oh! When I was a pre-teen, I created Long's Little Library (also known as The Triple L)!! I had a number of books that I loaned out to a few friends to read. How's that?
15. What are your favorite TV shows?
The 100, The Originals, Under the Dome, Defiance, Sleepy Hollow, Extant, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Bones, Survivor, The Walking Dead, Grimm. Some that have been cancelled that I loved: Being Human (SyFy), True Blood, Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, Smallville, 24, Dollhouse, Lost, Ghost Whisperer, Terminator-Sarah Connor Chronicles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dark Angel, Prison Break, Xena-Warrior Princess, Hercules-The Legendary Journeys.
16. How did you react when your first book was accepted for publication?
First, I stared at the unopened email. Then I clicked on the email and turned my head away, thinking that if it was a rejection, I still had other publishers I hadn't heard back from yet. Then I read the email, gasped for breath, bent over in the chair, hands clutched at my stomach in total euphoria! After screaming a few times with tears in my eyes, I called my parents and stuttered through fifteen minutes of talk in an attempt to explain what had happened. Wheee!! So exciting!!!
17. What kind of research did you do for Unknown Touch?
I spent a month on research. I thoroughly hunted for the right location for the book, using maps, Google terrain info, nearby towns, names of rivers, etc. I made sure the names of the werewolves were appropriate for their actual ages. I had to lay out on paper how the werewolves were connected to each other. I performed historical research on dates and events to confirm for accuracy. I had to create the human characters – names, original occupations, etc. The final name for my book was very difficult to decide upon. The majority of my writing time it was untitled. Many, many hours I contemplated over what to call my book. I knew I would write a series and wanted a common theme with all the titles of the books. So, take notice of the book titles as they are released!
18. What is your drink of choice?
Caffeinated coffee in a large mug with one spoon of sugar.
19. What is your favorite food?
Pizza. Although Chinese runs a close second!
20. Do you do book signings?
I did for the first two books. But it seems that book signing events just aren't as popular anymore. So many people are buying ebooks instead of physical books now. Paper/hardback books will always be "around", but the big thing is really downloading an ebook. I'll admit that I rarely ever buy a physical book, anymore. It's so convenient to buy an ebook nowadays. Many authors don't even bother producing a physical book and opt only to create an ebook of their story.