Gayle Wigglesworth


Gayle has always been torn between her skills at organization and management and the creative arts. As a young woman she moved to San Francisco on what she considered her life’s adventure. And while she took a job in the banking community to support herself, she really wanted to write mystery novels. Unfortunately, while living alone in a “big” city and typing her novel in the late hours of the night, she frightened herself with her plot line and had to pack it away. In fact, she no longer would even read her beloved mysteries; it was way too scary. So instead of writing she concentrated all her energies on her career, eventually rising to the level of a Senior Vice President.

She continued to pursue her creative side by continuing art courses and she became an accomplished potter producing unique pottery, both on the wheel and by hand. Eventually, the children grown and living on their own, Gayle returned to her mysteries and to her writing.

Gayle lived her whole life in California so when her company was sold and she found herself in the latter years looking for a job it was a shock to realize she may have to relocate. She accepted a position in Houston, but her husband assured her they would regard it as a “foreign assignment” and they could move back to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was ready to retire. Little did they know that they would love Houston Texas where they now live. However, with all their family and friends back it California it was difficult to continue the traditional family get-togethers they habitually hosted. Her children whined, “Who’s gonna cook?” and called at all times of the day and night for recipes and instructions, which inspired Gayle to write “the book.”

Gayle’s Legacy, Recipes, Hints and Stories Culled from a Lifelong Relationship with Food makes it possible for the traditions to continue, albeit, with other people now hosting the meals. This cookbook is more than a collection of recipes, it’s a “how to” book. This book, including detailed steps for creating the family’s favorite recipes while entertainingly telling family history through the vignettes and photographs, was published in 2003.

When the company Gayle worked with in Texas was sold, she decided there was a message to her in that. Instead of taking another position she elected to retire early and concentrate on her writing. She was determined to write and publish a mystery.

Because Gayle and her husband love to travel and have done so extensively, she followed the advice of the experts, “write what you know.” Gayle developed a concept for a mystery series where the protagonist, Claire Gulliver, a librarian-turned-travel-bookshop-owner is a nice person who, somehow while traveling, becomes embroiled in situations that are not nice; in fact, sometimes these situations are downright terrifying.

Currently five Claire Gulliver Mysteries have been published. Gayle is currently finishing the sixth which is due out at the end of 2010. Meanwhile she finished a stand a long mystery, Mud to Ashes, which was published in 2009. She is working on another series, called Glenda at Large.

Gayle spends her time writing, potting, reading, traveling and cooking. You can see her at many of the mystery book conferences promoting her mysteries, occasionally she will conduct a cooking class to promote her cookbook, conduct a workshop to help people learn to write their own family history/cookbook and once in a while she will do some contract consulting in the banking world. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

Where to find Gayle Wigglesworth online


Murder Most Mysterious, a Glenda At Large Mystery
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 84,760. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Glenda agrees to house sit in Perch Cove Oregon. It seemed ideal, at least until she meets her psychic neighbor on the beach who insists Glenda had been sent to take over her clientele. Later at breakfast in the local cafe, while pondering this strange misunderstanding, a panicked man arrives reporting a man murdered on the fishing pier. Glenda wants to leave town immediately but she promised.
Carnage Goes Coastal, the sixth Claire Gulliver Mystery
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 74,480. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When Karen Rallins finally realizes someone is trying to kill her she only wants to run away and find a safe haven. She doesn’t know what to do, so she calls her father for advice. As usual her father isn’t available but this time the voice on the phone offers help. And because she is terrified and desperate, she gratefully accepts.
Malice in Mexico, the fifth Claire Gulliver Mystery
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 72,940. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
One raining Sunday afternoon Claire’s CIA friend, Jack Rallins, arrives at her book store the worse for wear. On doctor’s orders Claire drags him down to sunshine in Mexico. The fact that they are simply tourists does not keep them safe when a series of escalating incidents put their lives in danger. Suddenly their goal is not Jack getting better; it is both of them staying alive.
Cruisin' for a Bruisin', the fourth Claire Gulliver Mystery
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 79,480. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Claire Gulliver has dreamed of being on one of the gleaming white cruise ships slipping under the Golden Gate Bridge heading for adventure on the high seas. Now she is on board and looking forward to being pampered while seeing the remains of the Alaskan frontier.
Washington Weirdos
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 66,050. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A Claire Gulliver Mystery,Claire received a warm invitation from David Lickman, president of Vantage Airlines, to visit he, and his wife, in Washington D.C. It was too good to decline, so she didn’t. She had only been in town a few hours when a man tried to knife her on the Mall. Her natural inclination was to leave for home immediately, but she wasn’t certain that would keep her