Pinterest Book Marketing for Self-Publishing Authors: Gary Turcotte

Pinterest is proving a fruitful tool for authors in the marketing of their books, and for readers in discovering new books and popular authors. Outskirts Press now introduces prolific author Gary Turcotte to Pinterest with the fiction writer’s own page. The dedicated Pinterest page highlights Gary’s 16 eclectic books that run the gamut from horror to coming of age.

Iron Stan: Psycho CopGary raised a family and made a living with his own construction business before resuming his old love for writing. The Iron Stan: Psycho Cop and The Return of Iron Stanauthor has churned out 16 books in the years since then, including the horror novel Brutus the Baby Snatcher, coming-of-age fiction The Curse of Beauty and the gripping science fiction novel Carbon Copy: Alpha Man.

Pinterest bills itself as “a tool for collecting and organizing things you love.” For prolific authors like Gary, the popular social media site represents a growing promotional channel to earn additional exposure for their books and their author platform.

Book cover art, along with a summary of the story line, provide a quick overview of each author’s literaryCarbon Copy: Alpha Man contributions. Visitors to Gary Turcotte’s Pinterest page will learn about the author and view each of his books. Fans of the author’s work can pin items that interest them – in this case, specific books – to their own page for later purchase or sharing with friends, and follow Turcotte to get notice when new books are released.

The books of Gary Turcotte can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at The books are available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble and are being aggressively promoted with a focus on several categories, including, coming of age, horror, action/adventure and science fiction. For more information about author Gary Turcotte and each of his books, visit his Pinterest page.

Gary Turcotte was inspired to write by a high school English teacher who encouraged him to pen short stories and poems. After being distracted from the pursuit for some years by his construction career, Turcotte resumed writing in earnest. He is now a prolific author of 16 fiction novels ranging from crime dramas to thrillers to works of horror.

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Self Publishing Virtual Book Tour: Monster Heart by Gary Turcotte

Outskirts Press author, Gary Turcotte, is taking his latest book, MonsterHeart, on tour – a virtual tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.

Luckily for us, Gary was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of MonsterHeart.



Monster Heart

OP: When did you start writing?

GT: Although I’ve published 11 books since 2008, I really don’t consider myself a writer. I didn’t set out to publish any. I don’t know where the stories come from…

OP: Tell us a little bit about MonsterHeart. What is it about?

GT: A High School football star turns to drugs to enhance his game. He experiments with steroids and other mind altering drugs. He’s involved in heinous crimes that he has trouble remembering. Pimples, cyst, cuts and dark circles under his eyes make him look like the monster that the drugs had created. Francis is 6’5” and weighs 255lbs——–his kind personality is gone. Drugs have transformed him into Frank N. Stein. He breaks into his neighbor’s houses late at night to support his habit. All is lost to his love affair with drugs.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

GT: I wanted to put a modern twist on a classic monster.

OP: Wow! That’s pretty interesting! The original Frankenstein was an amazing story. Why the twist?

GT: I used the iconic Frankenstein to attract readers, (every writer wants to be read) I used a play on words and my character was Frank N. Stein. A modern day monster—— the monster is really drug addiction, and happening to a super sized athlete with stars in his eyes. I didn’t want to write a remake, or take away from the Frankenstein of yesterday. I just wanted to use similarities of the two, and trust me when I say that Francis Norman Stein is truly a monster and not a let down to anyone expecting to read a monster story.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

GT: Anyone who would enjoy a monster story that’s close to true story, also anyone who has teens that are tempted by prescription drugs.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

GT: This story is happening around the world——the main character may not have a monster’s name but may live a similar life. The monster may be hiding in the medicine cabinet.

OP: Every story has a moral. What do you want readers to take away from MonsterHeart?

GT: The message in MONSTERHEART ——-Even the mighty can fall. Those thought to have it all fall prey to drugs and bad influence. Francis’ choices affected everyone—–his mother,father, friends and neighbors.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

GT: I have published 11 novels; my 12th will be available Jan 2011. I write as a hobby and genres range from, Fiction, Humor, Mystic/Fortune teller, Sci-Fi, Family, Thriller/Murder, Crime, and Monster.

OP: Thanks for your time, Gary! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!



Gary Turcotte was inspired as a sophomore in High School by an English teacher who would assign the class a task of writing either short stories or poems. Turcotte had an active imagination. He thought everyone had the same, but his teacher would read his stories not only to his class, but to all the classes. When he graduated she wished him well and said she couldn’t wait to read his books when he would get published. Since then he carried his books in his mind, never getting them on paper. He was busy with a family and a construction business.

Finally his daughter got her license and he had some free time to write five manuscripts over the seven years. He has now written and published nearly a dozen books.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Gary Turcotte

Gary Turcotte enjoys writing novels with a touch of humor in an otherwise serious situation.  Turcotte grew up in Dover, New Hampshire, and has earned his living as a General Contractor. 

I was inspired as a sophomore in High School by my English teacher, Mrs. Caroline O’Limire. She would assign the class a task of writing either short stories or poems. I had an active imagination. I thought everyone had the same. She would read my stories to not just my class, but to all the classes. When I graduated I remember that she wished me well and said she couldn’t wait to read my books when I would get published. I shrugged her compliments off thinking that possibly she says the same to nearly each student. Since then I carried my books in my mind, never getting them on paper. I was busy with a family and a construction business. Finally my daughter got her license and I had some free time to write five manuscripts over the past seven years. 

To date he has published eight books with Outskirts Press, including those featured below. 


Vigilante Witch Hunter
by Gary Turcotte 

Melissa married the man of her dreams. She didn’t know that he was a fortune teller. His secret life brought many dark hearted people into Melissa’s future. She wondered if her soul mate had sold his soul to the devil. Sometimes a buried treasure is best left alone. 


Carbon Copy
by Gary Turcotte 

A top secret agent comes off the assignment of his lifetime. He is having his face reconstructed for his next mission. Without his consent, he is forced to extract all high tech secrets hidden in the mind of a captured prisoner. Through technology the prisoner mind is directly wired into Derek’s mind. The prisoner is from the Roswell crash. Derek’s mind is instantly filled with everything the alien knows. Derek decides to run, and publish his secrets. 


Monster Heart
by Gary Turcotte 

A High School football star turns to drugs to enhance his game. He experiments with steroids and other mind altering drugs. He loses his High School sweetheart, to drugs and alcohol. Francis mixes any drugs that he can get his hands on; risking his mental and physical health. He becomes delusional and can’t distinguish what is real or part of his drug induced illusions. He’s involved in heinous crimes that he has trouble remembering. Pimples,cyst, cuts, and dark circles under his eyes, make him look like the monster that the drugs have created. The terrible reality is that this story is happening to todays youth. The Monster lurks nearby. Don’t let it get your children! 


Other books by Gary Turcotte: 

Children of the Fortune Teller
Memoirs of a Fortune Teller
#2 Silver Street
Silver Street
Silver Street: The Detour


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