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Gayle Lynds

About Me

New York Times best-selling author Gayle Lynds is the award-winning writer of ten international political novels. Her latest one, The Assassins, won the 2015 Founder’s Award for best novel from MWSA, the Military Society of America. Publishers Weekly lists her book Masquerade among the top ten spy novels of all time. The London Observer calls her a kick-ass thriller writer. Library Journal hails her as “the reigning queen of espionage fiction.” Lee Child says she’s “today’s best espionage writer.” The Associated Press calls her a “master of the Modern Cold War spy thriller.”

Gayle began her writing career as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, where her investigative reporting made such an impact that it led to changes in state legislation. Later she was an editor with rare Top Secret security clearance at a government think tank, where assorted shadowy figures passed through, and not only ideas but people seemed to bounce off the walls. She was inspired. Soon she began writing literary short stories, which were published in literary journals, and at the same time in what some considered schizophrenic, she also wrote male pulp novels in the Nick Carter and Mack Bolan series. Her books have been People Magazine Page-Turner of the Week and Beach Read of the Week. Her novel, Mosaic, won the Thriller of the Year award from RT magazine. Mesmerized was voted fan favorite by Affaire de Coeur magazine. The Last Spymaster was named Novel of the Year by MWSA and Best Novel by the American Association of Authors. Library Journal “strongly recommends” her books

With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One series, one of which, The Hades Factor, was a CBS miniseries. A member of the Association of Former Intelligence officers, she is cofounder (with David Morrell) and former copresident of International Thriller Writers and helped create ThrillerFest, which occurs every July in New York City. She moved to Maine from Santa Barbara in 2011 to join her new husband, John C. Sheldon, a retired Maine judge, with whom she has collaborated on three short stories and a literary essay. They live with two geriatric cats among fourteen acres of trees outside Portland, perfect for long walks and enjoyable days writing.