A secondary history and English teacher with a degree in Anthropology and English, at present, Gail is on leave and not sure she will return to teaching. Writing has been a lifetime dream and she's excited to have the opportunity to pursue it full-time.
Other family members include: Gail's identical twin sister Pat and her husband and their four children; an older sister Terri, her husband, and her two children. Gail's mother, who recently moved to Etna and this northern California mountain valley, is a descendant of early American settlers, including William Williams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Gail's father, a first-generation Italian-American, passed away 3 years ago. A close family, the three sisters recently opened business online with diFIORINI. Check it out at diFiorini.com. It's a great shopping site! Lots of the unusual and beautiful as well as practical and timely.
To date, Gail has completed three historical novels and a screenplay and is working on a fictionalized historical biography of one of California's infamous stage bandits. She has also published numerous articles, children’s stories, nonfiction articles and profiles for a wide variety of Christian, regional, and educational publishers, including a teacher’s curriculum guidebook she coauthored for Simon & Schuster in 1996 and a teacher's gift book, published in 1997, for Publications International. Several children's stories have been included in a series of family anthologies published by Tyndale (1995-2000). Other publishing goals include a cookbook and a series of young adult novels.
She has placed as a finalist in several national and international writing contests, including: The National Writers’ Novel Contest; The William Faulkner Literary Short Story Contest; The Writers’ Network International Screenplay and Fiction Contest; The Florida First Coast’s Novel Writers’Contest; The Jack London Novel Contest; The Chesterfield Film Co. Writer’s Film Project; and, most recently, The FADE IN Screenplay Contest.
Gail is a member of Women Writing the West, Western Writers of America, NAWW, The Historical Novel Society, Rogue Writers Ink, Romance Writers of America, the Italian-American Writers' Association, and the American Screenwriters Association (ASA). She also belongs to The Siskiyou County Historical Society, The Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), Friends of the Library, and The National CattleWomen's Association.
Other hobbies include tennis, gardening, cooking, riding, genealogy, and music. As an identical twin and second generation Italian-American with many relatives, she enjoys traveling. "Not easy to do, with a family, a ranch, and a job!" She is also enjoying her new life as a grandmother and mother-in-law. Indeed, life is only getting better!
Gail's Motto: "Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence." - Unknown