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Gail Ansel is a fiction writer and recent graduate of the Stanford University Novel Writing Certificate Program, where she was mentored by Joshua Mohr (All This Life), Val Brelinski (The Girl Who Slept with God) and Malena Watrous (If You Follow Me) .

Gail grew up in Massachusetts and met David her freshman year of high school when she did his makeup for Tartuffe.  She earned a degree in Theater from Brandeis University and pursued acting in Los Angeles, New York, and Boston while David completed his Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics training.  Together, they founded his private Pediatrics practice, specializing in children with special health care needs.  In addition to performing CFO duties, she coordinated complex patient services and through that experience formed close relationships with families.  She implemented a “Medical Home” in the 1990’s, managed an integrated Behavioral Services initiative, sat on the Board of a local Vocational High School, and a Boston Children’s Hospital Committee for management of pediatric primary care.  She was instrumental in the business and financial inclusion of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in the ownership of the practice, the first in Massachusetts.  After twenty-five years of explosive growth, she assisted in the sale of the practice.

They recently relocated from Massachusetts to California, where David joined the faculty at Stanford University and Gail writes.  They celebrate 36 years of marriage and 44 years together and have two grown children.