Gin Price has been writing stories since the sixth grade, preferring fantasy to reality, much to the dismay of teachers throughout school. Often finding herself cheering for the underdog, she enjoys writing hard, edgy pieces where characters have to fight their way through tough times and find inner strength they never knew they had in order to succeed. Fascinated by the different paths friendships can take, Gin enjoys delving in to the young adult genre, where relationships can change dramatically from one day to the next. Using knowledge learned from her childhood environment, her writing is often steeped in street life, whether good or bad. Hoping to show support for art that is often misunderstood, Gin published her debut novel, On Edge, focusing on graffiti and parkour, two expressions dear to her heart. Currently, she is a resident in the Metro Detroit area, living with her loving biologist man, David, her two children, Shyla and Hayes, many reptiles and a troublesome cat named Wallace.
On Edge is a Young Adult Mystery playing on a Shakespearean theme (R&J) using a graffiti crew vs. a parkour crew. (I encourage anyone who doesn’t know what parkour is, to YouTube it. You won’t be disappointed.) LL finds herself being targeted by a serial-killing graffiti artist, and her brother decides to blame an artist who shows interest in his sister. Threatening to start a gang war over it, LL’s brother forces her to hide her blossoming affection for the enemy while struggling to figure out who the true culprit is. Unfortunately, the person who is guilty might be the same person she’s trying to clear.
Why don’t you begin by telling us a little about your writing background?
I’ve always written. I don’t remember a time I didn’t, but I remember getting started “seriously” in sixth grade. For a long time I didn’t think about being an author. I wrote because I felt good when I did it. It wasn’t until my mid 20s when I was pregnant and in the middle of nowhere that I thought about trying to do something with all the stuff I had written.
Do you have another job besides writing?
I love repairing and rescuing vintage jewelry. I can’t help but wonder who wore those old earrings, who sported that beautiful necklace? But I’m also a mom, which takes up every moment of the day. I have to steal time from my kids in order to write but luckily, they don’t seem to mind as long as they still get 80% of my day.
Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading? I wasn’t an avid reader until my ninth grade English teacher made it mandatory to read a novel to get a grade in her class. I thought it was stupid until I finished my book and bought another one, and another one, etc. My first book was fantasy, the second and subsequent books were all romance. I didn’t start reading mystery until I found myself writing them.
Who is your target audience? Anyone who loves to read fast-paced mystery books with a dash of young love and growing up fast.
What will the reader learn after reading your book? Hopefully my readers will learn about life on the street with expressions like graffiti and parkour. It is my desire that those who walk these expressions will stop being thought of as worthless thugs or troublemakers. But the most important thing I would like to see happen is the increased awareness of school boards when considering mergers that there can be (and unfortunately there has been) dangerous backlash.
Agatha Christie got her best ideas while eating green apples in the bathtub. Steven Spielberg says he gets his best ideas while driving on the highway. When do you get your best ideas and why do you think this is?
Driving and dishes most often. I think when you are doing something that is automatic to you, your mind drifts to fill the blanks of boredom. For writers, that means creating stories.
From the moment you conceived the idea for the story, to the published book, how long did it take? Six years. It was 2010. I wrote the book in 3 months, and spent the next six years getting a new agent for it and to find someone who was interested in taking a chance on it.
They say authors have immensely fragile egos… How would you handle negative criticism or a negative review?
I welcome all opinions. I think negative reviews can be awesomely informative. If it’s a complete snark-fest, that’s just funny. I don’t take hate seriously. When people are just mean, it usually says more about the reviewer than my book. I want people to love my book, I want people to hate it. And I want to see them fight to the death! Muahahahaha. In all seriousness…generating feelings of either extreme is a good sign to me.
Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?