About Me

My background


   My dad was in the Navy, so we moved around a lot. I was born in California, and grew up in Virginia, Rhode Island, and Maryland. After getting my BS in Biology, I completed an MS in Entomology—the study of insects. Then I discovered that there weren't too many jobs that pay people to collect butterflies—in fact, there are none.  So I switched to crop diseases caused by thrips (that's a tiny plant-feeding insect). So that sucked--as do the thrips. They are piercing, sucking nasty little things, and they’re everywhere.   When I stopped scratching, I completely changed gears. I decided that fabrics were more interesting than bugs and got an MS in Textiles. I was an academic advisor and college instructor, and I've mounted textile exhibits and lectured on historic quilts. My husband and I live on Cape Cod.  

My writing roots


    I always wanted to be a writer because I loved books so much. When I was in 6th grade, my school held a writing contest. My story was about dolls who could talk when humans weren’t around. My main competitor’s story involved taking over the school with a tank. School takeovers being something that the awards committee didn’t want to encourage, my story won.  In college, I avoided taking any classes that required me to type a lot of papers, but now I have a PC and I have unleashed my inner author.  I write with one foot in the real world and one foot in a fantasy world, where all problems have a solution and the good guys win. One of the things I like best about writing mysteries is that I get to make things up. After writing professional foot-noted journal articles, I enjoy the freedom that comes with writing fiction. A Class in Murder is my first novel.  

A few of my favorite things


   I like mysteries with a happy ending. I adore traveling to new places. The picture above is me at a School of Falconry in Ireland! I’m a Downton Abbey and Outlander junkie—any costume drama for that matter.  Have you seen Victoria on PBS? Don’t call me when that’s on. Another version of a Jane Austen book on film? I’m all in.  I love to tour castles, historic homes, and visit textile museums—especially quilt museums. I’m obsessed with Pinterest, but Twitter not so much. When I’m not writing, I enjoy walking the fabulous Cape Cod beaches and singing in the choir at my church.

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Mary Beth Gale