A former private detective and once a reporter for a small weekly newspaper, Gayle Bartos-Pool writes three detective series: the Gin Caulfield P.I. series (Media Justice, Hedge Bet & Damning Evidence), The Johnny Casino Casebook Series, and the new Chance McCoy series. She also penned the SPYGAME Trilogy: The Odd Man, Dry Bones, and Star Power. She has a collection of short stories in From Light To DARK, as well as novels: Eddie Buick's Last Case, Enchanted: The Ring, The Rose, and The Rapier, CAVERNS, Second Chance, The Santa Claus Singer, and three delightful holiday stories, Bearnard's Christmas, The Santa Claus Machine, and Every Castle Needs a Dragon. She is the former Speakers Bureau Director for Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and also a member of Mystery Writers of America and The Woman's Club of Hollywood. She teaches writing classes: "The Anatomy of a Short Story" (and a workbook by the same name), as well as "How To Write Convincing Dialogue" and "Writing a Killer Opening Line" in sunny Southern California. Website: www.gbpool.com.