Gayle Brunelle
Gayle K. Brunelle is a mem­ber of a rel­a­tively rare breed – a native-born Ver­mon­ter. Raised in Rut­land, Ver­mont, she attended Saint Michael’s Col­lege in Colch­ester, Ver­mont, where she earned her bac­calau­re­ate in his­tory. Per­haps because of the affect of the New Eng­land atmos­phere in her upbring­ing, she has always had an affin­ity for tales of crime, mys­tery and may­hem, and since her under­grad­u­ate days, when she orig­i­nally majored in cre­ative writ­ing before switch­ing to his­tory, she has writ­ten mur­der mys­ter­ies as a hobby. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in his­tory from Emory Uni­ver­sity in Atlanta Geor­gia, and is cur­rently Pro­fes­sor of His­tory at Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, Fuller­ton. Her first book, The New World Mer­chants of Rouen, 1555–1630 (1991) devel­oped out of her research for her doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tion.