|Write what you know.|
A graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis,
Gayle took a year off between her Sophomore
and Junior years and worked first as a newspaper
reporter for a small Mid-South weekly where
she wrote the local articles, laid out the
front page, and took the pictures with an
old Polaroid camera. About the only thing
she didn't do was deliver the stupid thing
every Thursday. This was in the pre-computer, pre-digital
camera, pre-Internet era.
Gayle followed that job with a stint as a private detective working for Mark Lipman Service Incorporated out of Memphis. She had assignments in Atlanta, Chicago, and Little Rock. She worked undercover on an assembly line, in a clothing factory, and in a printing company. As her female protagonist in her Ginger Caulfield Mystery series says in the book, "It's amazing how much people will tell you when they don't know they're being questioned."
Gayle has worked as a draftsman, in a bookstore, made miniatures for a doll house shop, and then spent a decade in a bank learning about stocks and bonds before she "retired" to continue her writing full time. It was that bank experience that led to her writing Hedge Bet, the upcoming book in the "Gin Caulfield Mystery Series," coming out in early 2013. The first book in the series is Media Justice.
Her latest book, The Johnny Casino Casebook 1 - Past Imperfect, introduces Johnny Casino. He's a retired P.I. with a past. He just hopes it doesn't catch up with him. He thought he buried all that twenty years ago, but when your father is the number three man in a New Jersey crime family and your mother is considered Mob royalty, life comes at you hard. He cashed in that existence for life as a private investigator in Southern California and would have stayed with it if fate hadn't tossed him another bone in the form of cold, hard cash. But for Johnny, things can get complicated, like the two dead mobsters he has to explain. But it doesn't stop there as these ten interlocking cases in the first Johnny Casino Casebook show, because everybody has a past.
Gayle has been published in various anthologies over the years. She has her own collection of short stories called From Light TO DARK debuting the Summer of 2012. It is a collection of tales ranging from lighthearted to soul searching.
She paints, builds miniature doll houses, and makes hand-made Santas and other crafts. Her Christmas stories are filled with photographs of things she made just to illustrate the books.
Gayle's husband, Richard J. Pool, is the basis for Gin's husband, Fred, in The Ginger Caulfield Mysteries. They have shared their home with various dogs and cats, all strays, and each one special. Four of them make guest appearances in her first holiday story, Bearnard's Christmas.
She collects Santas (over 3500), Christmas ornaments, Halloween decorations, Easter items, Fourth of July decorations, roosters, and just about everything else, space permitting and husband willing.
She is a member of both Sisters-in-Crime/Los Angeles and Mystery Writers of America. She was on the board of Sisters-in-Crime/LA as their Speakers Bureau Director, doing over 80 events. She initiated their workshop program and worked on the last No Crime Unpublished conference sponsored by SinC/LA. She was one of the founding members who brought together Mystery Writers of America and Sisters-in-Crime/LA for their inaugural joint conference called the California Crime Writers Conference in June of 2009. Back on the board, now as Treasurer, Gayle will help with the 2013 Conference with guest speakers Joseph Wambaugh and Sue Grafton.