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.
Mayra Calvani: Please tell us about On Edge, and what compelled you to write it.
Gin Price: On Edge is my debut Young Adult novel in what I hope will become a series featuring my main character Emanuella “LL” Harvey. I will be honest and tell you that the book started as the tiniest inkling. I almost dismissed it, because at the time I considered myself an adult novelist.
M.C.: What is your book about?
G.P.: On Edge is a play 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.
M.C.: What themes do you explore in On Edge?
G.P.: Like I mentioned, there’s a Romeo and Juliet theme, but there’s also the classic whodunit, both wrapped in street expressions I personally love and respect. Rival school merging is another underlying but extremely important theme to this book. I feel most officials don’t take that portion of mergers into account until after children die. It is every parents nightmare, but imagine what the kids feel. I still get the chills talking about it.
M.C.: Why do you write?
G.P.: Authors always say how they can’t imagine not writing. For me, I just haven’t stopped since I first started taking notes in fourth grade. Then I wrote my first short in sixth grade, by high school I finally started to read thanks to a very cool teacher and my stories got longer and longer. I started writing plays and movies and tinkering with the idea of writing novels. I just didn’t consider myself a writer, though. I wrote because I felt my best when I was making up stories. Now that I look back on it as a published author, I laugh that I ever thought I would be anything other than an author.
M.C.: When do you feel the most creative?
G.P.: My best ideas have come to me when I’m in the car, in the shower, and mostly doing a huge pile of dishes. Specific I know, but I almost always dream up something, whether a full novel or a scene on one I’m working on.
M.C.: How picky are you with language?
G.P.: For me, the art of writing is about communication. If you can understand what I’m saying, I’m good, even if my commas are whack. If I’m making no sense…then I’m not communicating with my readers and I need to be stopped! Luckily my editor is really good at keeping my voice, while reeling in my mistakes and moments of ‘derp’.
M.C.: When you write, do you sometimes feel as though you were being manipulated from afar?
G.P.: Nah. They’re within me, so not that far.
M.C.: What is your worst time as a writer?
G.P.: More than a year into submission. I was on my second agent, and the rejection letters were rolling in. None of the “no thanks” had anything in common, so I couldn’t change anything to make it a better fit. I stopped writing for six months, completely deflated.
M.C.: Your best?
G.P.: My best time as a writer was before I’d even received my first offer of representation. I wrote with a buddy of mine. We were so dramatic and every night our back and forth writing/role playing made me eager to stretch my mind. We tried to shock each other. We liked to see what we could make the other person do. We put our characters through hell, but it was a great help to me. Not only did I get a better understanding of writing male characters, but I could turn something boring into something action saturated. Getting my second agent and a contract is a close second. LOL
M.C.: Is there anything that would stop you from writing?
G.P.: Not even death. If I die, I hope to give my notes to someone who wouldn’t mind writing up the last few things I intended. Then, after that…no more from me.
M.C.: What’s the happiest moment you’ve lived as an author?
G.P.: At a conference in Washington D.C., I met my first agent. She took her clients out to a nice dinner, treated us like special snowflakes. Despite our differing opinions on representation expectations, I always appreciated the specialized treatment. I hope, though, that my happiest moments are yet to come.
M.C.: Is writing an obsession to you?
G.P.: Without a doubt.
M.C.: Are the stories you create connected with you in some way?
G.P.: I always reach into personal knowledge to write a book, so I think that it is impossible for me to write a story that isn’t connected with me.
M.C.: Ray Bradbury once said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Do you agree?
G.P.: That’s a great saying. I don’t agree with it at all. I stay drunk on reality so I don’t destroy my writing.
M.C.: Do you have a website or blog where readers can find out more about you and your work?
G.P.: In an ideal world, I would spend much more time blogging and updating my webpage. I have a blog at gintensity.blogspot.com and I have a website at authorginprice.com.