Check out this author spotlight for Marie Gin!
You can find all the links for where to find her furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
I was born in France and travelled for most of my life, to the United States, Africa, France and have been in Australia since 2007. I started reading books around 8 and writing short stories and poetry at the age of 12. I finished the first draft of my book at 15 and had originally written it in French!
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these (or more!) and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
Spring because of the flowers, cottagecore aesthetics and because after a cold winter, there’s nothing better than warmer days where you bring out the cardigans and jackets!
Cat or dog?
Both? If I had a big house, I’d get dogs. As I live in an apartment, I have a cat!
Tea or coffee?
100% tea! Coffee doesn’t work on me and I can’t get past the bitterness of it.
Morning or evening?
Depends on the day and the location! If it’s a workday, then evening. Also a nice walk by the beach in always better at night. However, if you’re on holiday and waking up somewhere new and beautiful than morning is so much better, especially just after sunrise.
Library or museums?
I want to say both again? There’s no better smell than a library especially one filled with second hand books. But I also love our own history and walking around and discovering artifacts that existed thousands of years ago!
Hunter or gatherer?
I like the idea of getting ready to hunt and staying still until the prey is just in the right place. But I wouldn’t be able to kill. I mean, if I had to in order to survive, I would, but realistically I’d probably be a gatherer.
Witches or wizards?
Witches have a better aesthetic, and no one can deny that!
Ninjas or pirates?
Pirates just for the way they dress and they always look jollier and sing and drink and pillage!
Mountains or beaches?
Mountains. Particularly the beautiful green ones in Europe. I would love to wake up to the fog covering the valley.
Plotter or pantser?
I plot the main story line, and become a pantser once I go into the scenes.
Pen and paper or computer/phone?
I wrote my first book draft on pen and paper, but nowadays it’s so much easier to edit on a computer and a much smaller risk of losing your work.
Standalone or series?
Series. If the story is good, one book is just not enough. I need to discover more of the world!
Book or ebook?
Book! I just love holding it in my hands and smelling it and turning the pages and switching off from electronics when I go into the world.
Hero or anti-hero?
Hero. There’s just something about saving others or even the world and being the image of goodness.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
Any fantasy type book set in the past. I love romance and immortals, so anything with vampires or faeries will make me want to read it!
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I write dark fantasy set in the past and in portal worlds. My current series is called The Stone of Four Fires, and book 1 is The Last Regret. I’m halfway through writing book 2 and it will be a 4-book series!
It’s getting an international box office film adaption made where it will be in cinemas worldwide with pre-production hopefully starting end of 2021!
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
The Stone of Four Fires: The Last Regret is a dark fantasy series set in 1700’s France. It follows the story of Elena, whose life is changed forever when her family home is destroyed by creatures of the night. Escaping with her best friend Lucas, she is rescued by the immortal Nepheines and taken under their protection where she learns that she is a part of a prophecy that will allow the Nepheines to create the Stone of Four Fires, and finally release themselves from the curse of immortality.
As she grows older, she discovers she has the power to control fire and embarks on quests to find the other three elements and discover that there are indeed, worst things than death.
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
Weirdly enough, I don’t get inspired from much. I’ve always had a big imagination when I was younger and coming up with stories has always come naturally to me. My current book has new immortals and creatures with the purpose of introducing people to something new and wanting to be as original as possible.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I try to set a daily word count with a minimum of 1,000 words. If I’m in the right mood, I’ll be able to push that minimum, but if I’m too overwhelmed, I usually won’t be able to write anything. The key is to put your health (especially mental health) first and the words will come. If it’s just a lack of motivation, sometimes pushing yourself to start writing will get the ball rolling. And if I get stuck, I’ll create a dot point outline of the scene and that will help me write.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to become an author, what would it be?
Be ready for a lot of rejection and make sure to write for yourself and not others. And that bad reviews will come and that’s ok, you can’t please everyone.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!