Given my love of Columbo, I love it when a guest has a good Peter Falk story, and Alison Gaylin doesn’t disappoint. She doubled down when expressing her appreciation for The Love Boat—and now I think I have to marry her. Don’t tell our spouses.

Meet Alison Gaylin

Alison is the Edgar and Shamus award-winning author of 12 books and many short stories. A USA Today and international bestseller, she joined me on Uncorking a Story to talk about her latest novel, Robert B. Parker’s Bad Influence.

Key Takeaways


  1. The importance of perseverance: Alison Gaylin’s journey to becoming a published author showcases the significance of perseverance in the face of discouragement. Despite not receiving encouragement from her high school English teacher, she pursued her passion for writing and eventually achieved her goal.
  2. The importance of curiosity in storytelling: Gaylin emphasizes the role of curiosity in crafting engaging stories. She believes that a good story starts with the author’s curiosity, even in seemingly mundane subjects. This curiosity drives the narrative and captivates readers.
  3. The evolution of writing themes: Gaylin discusses how her writing themes have changed over time, influenced by her own life experiences. She emphasizes the importance of tapping into personal experiences to create relatable and authentic stories that resonate with readers.
  4. The power of human connection in storytelling: Gaylin believes that a good story hinges on the ability to create a connection between the reader and the author. She highlights the role of curiosity in storytelling and how it drives the author’s exploration of seemingly mundane topics, ultimately leading to engaging narratives.
  5. The significance of practice and growth: Gaylin emphasizes that writing is a skill that improves with practice and feedback. She encourages aspiring writers to dedicate time to honing their craft through consistent writing and reading.


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