Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Gina Marie Long. Gina is the author of Rocked.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Gina: Back in high school, I mostly received A’s on essays with
positive notes scribbled in the margins from the teachers, so I felt I
had potential. Throughout my teenage years, I wrote nearly 50 poems. I
realized I had an interest in writing a book about 20+ years ago
(oops-showing my age!) and toyed with the concept at that time. Nothing
came of it. Several false starts. In 2009, I vowed to myself that I
would write a full-fledged novel. I was frustrated with life and wanted
to sell my small-town beauty salon (I was the sole owner and operator)
but needed another job or career. I thought, what the heck? I finished
my first novel, Unknown Touch-Werewolf Series-Book 1, in 2 1/2 months
and was published in October 2009. Rocked-A Chelsie Valdar Saga 1 is my
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Gina: I have always loved paranormal, supernatural, scifi, and fantasy
movies, TV shows and books. I vividly recall reading The Hobbit and The
Lord of the Rings trilogy as a teenager. I can never get enough of
werewolves, vampires, witches, werecats, Bigfoot, demons, psychic stuff,
aliens, and ghosts. Authors who've inspired me: Anne Rice, Amanda
Hocking, Stephenie Meyer, Christine Feehan, Jacquelyn Frank, Suzanne
Collins, Karen Marie Moning and many more. There are too many shows and
movies to list that influence my writing...but what just popped into my
mind first are the Underworld series and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Gina: It would be nice to heal people with my touch. So many of my
friends and family have died or are fighting life-threatening diseases
and illnesses. Especially cancer.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Gina: I'm like a mixture of Amanda Hocking and Stephenie Meyer - I
write young adult thrillers mixed with supernatural creatures. Rocked
focuses on Chelsie Valdar, a modern-day Viking warrior teenager. Throw
in Bigfoot who shape shift into humans, an abandoned werecat, the search
for a weapon, a stalker, and the clock ticking down to the impending
Apocalypse-in one week. Whew! Of course, I left out what kind of
Apocalypse...kind of makes you wonder, huh?
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Gina: That is a tough question. I have Chelsie as the main character
(written in first person, present tense) and several important
characters involved with her. Hmm... Kristen Hager (plays Nora on Being
Human - Syfy) would be the character Chelsie Valdar because when I look
at her, I actually "see" Chelsie. She's tough but has a soft side and
physically looks the part. Next, Ksenia Solo (plays Kenzi on Lost Girl
-Syfy) would be the character Jessie in my book. The actress probably
wants to avoid being another sidekick, but she is so quirky, cute,
petite, and the darker hair are the reasons I'd pick her. Jared
Padalecki (plays Sam on Supernatural - CW) would be the character Bo
because he physically looks the part and his personality fits. Ian
Somerhalder (plays Damon on The Vampire Diaries - CW) completely looks
like my character Lucas...but could be taller! His expressions,
mesmerizing gaze, cocky attitude fit the part. And Dylan O'Brien (plays
Stiles on Teen Wolf - MTV) would be the character Alex because he's able
to pull off being funny, cocky and I could see him flip to deranged in a
heart beat, becoming totally unstable. His facial expressions,
realistic acting and timing are perfect.
Rocked (Chelsie Valdar Saga #1) by Gina Marie Long.
The Apocalypse is coming...in one week. Chelsie Valdar and her brother
are modern-day Viking warrior teenagers. They must find a mystical sword
belonging to their ancient ancestor and flee to safety at a secret
shelter, if they hope to survive. As the clock ticks, several Bigfoot
and an outcast werecat become invaluable friends helping with the search
for the sword and offering supernatural protection. Misfortune haunts
their every move. Conflicts delay their progress. Especially when a
devious and deranged enemy is infatuated with Chelsie and hungers for
the sword, desperate to escape to the shelter with Chelsie by his side.
Time is running out.
Thank you Gina for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Gina Marie Long and her books, please visit her website.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Q+A with Gina Marie Long (Rocked)
Labels: apocalypse, chelsie valdar saga, gina marie long, paranormal, rocked, urban fantasy, vikings, young adult
Bestselling author E.J. STEVENS has written and independently published 15 speculative fiction books. She is the author of four series, including the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian horror series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, the award-winning SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, and the award-winning, bestselling IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series.