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Gail began her writing career at age seven, self-publishing a weekly newspaper highlighting her family’s activities.

With “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pirates” the first question asked is why and how did she get interested in pirates?  She answers that it is all her sister Carol Sue’s fault!  Her sister being older, Gail naturally did everything her sister did.  One of these things was watching pirate movies.  When Gail turned nine, she discovered pirates were real people.  She became fascinated by that fact and thus began a life long interest.  Gail grew up two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York.  Watching sailboats and commercial ships sail by helped fuel her imagination.  When riding on the Staten Island ferry the sisters made believe it was their pirate ship.

Upon graduating college with a B.A. in art education and history, she traveled the East Coast of the United States, Great Britain and the Caribbean Islands researching pirates.  With her wealth of knowledge, Gail is considered a pirate historian or as some have labeled her a “piratologist”.  She was thrilled when asked to write a non-fiction book on her favorite subject.

Her workshop “Real Life on the Rolling Sea: The Golden Age of Piracy 1690-1720” is a highly acclaimed course in which she incorporates authentic items of the period for a unique hands on experience. Her lectures and workshops are adapted to the age of her audience.

She also teaches writing classes in character development and research techniques.  Her students have ranged from adults to children at the Huntington Library and Garden in San Marino, California.

Films and Documentaries Gail or Gail’s Work is Featured In:

Gail is seen on the History Channel programs “Modern Marvels: Pirate Tech” and “True Caribbean Pirates”.   She appears in the Special Features section on the DVD “Princess Bride” (Dread Pirate Roberts) and (Buttercup ) editions.  She provided the historical pop-up’s for the Blu-Ray edition of the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”.

She is currently a member of the privateer historical re-enactment group, Port Royal Privateers, having been one of the original founders of the re-enactment group Brethren of the Coast in 1984.

Gail’s writings are not based solely on pirates.  She has written numerous novels, short stories and articles on a variety of subjects.

She is a member of The Authors Guild, Science Fiction Writer’s of America, Romance Writer’s of America, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and a Patron Saint of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS).

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