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As Gail Mathison, I grew up in the Chad Brown projects in Providence, Rhode Island, in an apartment reputed to be haunted by a woman who had murdered her family. By the time I was twenty, I'd finished three full-size horror novels. I remember working on a warped antique Royal that my grandmother Emmett had given me. Candles were my favorite light source by which to write by, so I not only grossed myself out, but also gave myself wicked nightmares. Into my teens, I dreamed of becoming a psychic investigator. Seems I have a bit of the "knowing", but it mostly works with the disposition of a house—don't ask. Okay, do. Hence, my fascination with ghosts. Yes, I've seen a few, two of which were so real, to this day I could swear they were alive.
Gothic novels were my passion, especially the works of writers like Phyllis A. Whitney, Marilyn Ross, and Barbara Michaels. I adore a romance with a brooding hero, feisty heroine, and a plot that keeps me on a roller coaster until the end of the book. Many of the new romance lines have been satisfying my hunger for these types of stories, especially Anne Stuart's work. I've been a fan of hers since the 70's. And to appease my even darker side, it's Koontz, King, and Saul books I seek out when I want to curl up on a quiet winter's night and keep company with the heebie-jeebies.
I've been married twenty-eight years to a very patient, supportive man. Steve and I have two daughters and one son, a six-year-old and twenty-month-old grandson, both of which have more energy than the Hanford plant.We have two dogs: A Briard named Scotty, and a white Boxer we call Echo—because you have to repeat yourself when trying to convey something to her. We also have two cats: Bogie and Church. My passion for fantasy artifacts has amassed me quite a collection of pewter, ceramic and resin collectibles—which my husband swears are moving us out of our home.
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