About Me

Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you’ll subscribe. My blog posts will usually be essays about my childhood or funny stories about life. I sprinkle in a post about writing here and there. When appropriate, I talk about books I’m writing or promotions offered on my books.

I write under the name, G. M. Barlean. G. M. is for Gina Marie—my real name. I grew up on a farm by a small town in Nebraska—365 people. I went to college in Lincoln, Nebraska, then married my husband Steve and started my adult life living in a bigger small town—2,500–David City, Nebraska.

Farm and small town life has given me plenty of fodder for essays and fiction. There is a character in most of us, given the right amount of artistic license.

I’ve been many things including a professional photographer, a leadership trainer, a chamber of commerce director, and an Opera House manager. Most importantly, I’m a child of God, mother of a son and daughter, wife of a farmer, daughter of parents who no longer share a place on this earth with me, a sister with three siblings, a person fortunate enough to have friends… and, I am a writer.

I am a member of The Nebraska Writers Guild, and also of two critique groups: The Local Muse in Seward, Nebraska, and The Omaha Night Writers in Omaha, Nebraska. I have independently published six books since 2012. Please see other tabs on this website for more information about my books.