From The Booking Desk:
I have been an Alison Gaylin fan since the moment I first read Trashed. In fact, that book holds an unusual record: the book I carried to more Bouchercons hoping to get it signed than any other – it was something like six conventions before I was finally able to pin Alison down to get the book autographed. And I don’t regret it! I have followed her career ever since and Alison continues to demonstrate that she can successfully write all types of stories – with her, you just never know what you are going to get, but you know that it will be gripping, well-written, and unforgettable. I knew that I wanted Alison to be part of the Composite Sketch series, but it has taken a while to get the timing right, but today is the day. Something tells me you will all agree it has been worth the wait.
Name: Alison Gaylin
Location: Woodstock, NY
This person from my personal life is such an inspiration:
There are many people who inspire me, but I’m going to have to go with my daughter. She’s on her way to college in the fall to study filmmaking, and besides being very creative, very smart, and very much her own person, she has grown up to be one of the kindest people I know. I’d love to take credit for this, but I honestly think my husband and I just got lucky.
One of the people I admire most in the crime fiction community is:
Again, too many people to name, but for these purposes I’ll say Mary Higgins Clark. She pioneered psychological and domestic suspense back in the 70s with Where Are The Children which I still consider the best-paced book ever. And besides being a great writer, she’s an incredibly supportive force in the crime fiction community.
STALKER ALERT! If this fictional character were real, they would likely need to get a restraining order against me:
I’m going to say Greg Herren’s very lovable detective Scotty Bradley from the Scotty Bradley mysteries. Not only is he funny and charming and great to party with, but once he filed the restraining order against me, I’d still be able to have fun in New Orleans.
People are always surprised that I am a fan of this individual (singer, actor, or artist):
How about a song? I collect versions of “Hallelujah.” I’ve downloaded every one I can find, from Leonard Cohen to Imogen Heap to Justin Timberlake.
My personal catch phrase is (or should be):
“Jovani!” (My fellow Real Housewives of NY fans should understand this.)
Alison, I’m on my way to find Trashed. Our paths haven’t crossed yet. Maybe at Bouchercon in Dallas?
Enjoy Trashed, Connie!
Hi all! Yes, I will be at Bouchercon, Dallas and hope to meet/see you guys! Glad you liked Normandy Gold, Jay. It was so much fun for Megan and I to write. Mark, the song is about the bible passage in which King David sees Bathsheba bathing and behaves… problematically. But really I think it’s about sin and fallibility. Kristopher, thanks again for these great questions. It was a lot of fun!
The Jeff Buckley version of “Hallelujah” is the only one I listen to. I discovered it when it was used in an episode of “The West Wing” and I’ve been disturbingly addicted to that particular rendition ever since.
My entry point into fandom for Alison’s writing comes from a different place than I suspect most will say here today. A couple years back, she and Megan Abbott co-wrote the comic miniseries “Normandy Gold”. It was one of my favorite comic reads that year. I bought it in the single issue format and then when it was collected into a trade paperback I bought that too. So if I ever go to a convention that you are at Alison, my Normandy Gold trade will be in my bag!
Normandy Gold is brilliant, as is everything Alison and Megan do.
I have the Straight No Chaser and Pentatonix versions of “Hallelujah.” It’s beautiful, but I’m still struggling to figure out exactly what the song is about.