Gemma Halliday

All About Gemma

Gemma had a hard time figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She worked as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic, before finally deciding to be a writer.
Since then, Gemma has written several mystery novels and been the recipient of numerous awards, including two National Reader's Choice awards and three RITA nominations. Her books have hit both the USA Today and the New York Times Bestseller lists.

Gemma now makes her home in the San Francisco Bay area where she is hard at work on her next book.

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How did you start writing?
One day, out of reading material, I picked up a romance novel that had come free with some promotion. Sadly, it stank. Really badly. It was the worst thing I had ever read. So after chucking it across the room during one particularly laughable chapter, I said to myself, "Well, even I can do better than that." So I set out to be a romance writer. I'll admit, at first I wrote a couple of really awful manuscripts. It was a lot harder than I thought to write a terrible book let alone a good one But then I wrote a couple that weren't so bad and then even a couple pretty good ones. Eventually my writing style evolved more toward mystery, and I hit on one manuscript good enough to publish. And the rest is history.
How many manuscripts did you write before selling one?
Six. It was lucky number seven that was finally published.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere. I know, cop-out answer, but it's so true. Any little bit of dialogue I hear at Starbucks, song I hear on the radio, or guy in line at the grocery store can inspire a new idea. The only thing I can say for certain is that I steal from the people I know a lot. Thankfully my family and friends get a kick out of seeing me exaggerate their finer traits on paper, but there are a few ex-boyfriends that probably shouldn't read my books. I do write about murders after all.
Which books are in your High Heels series? What order should I read them in?
There are seven books, two short stories, and one novella currently in this series. I would read them in this order:
Spying in High Heels
Killer in High Heels
Undercover in High Heels
Christmas in High Heels - short story
Alibi in High Heels
Mayhem in High Heels
Honeymoon in High Heels - novella
Sweetheart in High Heels - short story
Fearless in High Heels
Danger in High Heels
Homicide in High Heels
Deadly in High Heels