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Murder mystery in the campus bookstore

Photo by || Evan E. Duran

Gloria Galloway will be signing copies of her recently published book, “Dead by My Side” at the college store from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 14. Not only does Galloway spend much of her time on campus, but City College is actually mentioned in the book.

Galloway studied business law at City College in 1968. She worked for General Motors, retired early and now works on campus in Mohr Hall as an administrative assistant.

“Dead by My Side” is a murder mystery and a ghost story that takes place in Sacramento.

“There is a body found at Shakespeare Stage in the book,” Galloway says.

According to Galloway, she began creating stories as a little girl, mostly with her dolls.

“I wasn’t killing yet, that came later,” she says.

Galloway started writing out her stories in her teenage years. Inspired by “Nancy Drew” and “Sweet Valley High,” Galloway read these stories starred girls who would solve crimes and end up marrying the star football player.

After writing historical romance for a number of years, Galloway decided to embark on a darker style of writing.

“The romance field was never quite right fit for me,” Galloway says.

Galloway became friends with the former deputy coroner of Sacramento. This connection allows for flawless realism in Galloway’s depictions of murder victims and their wounds, as well as police procedures.

Galloway also serendipitously befriended a number of people who helped her through the writing of the book. CSI technicians, volunteers from the Placer County Sherriff’s office and the former deputy coroner of Sacramento all helped in cementing the technical aspects of the book. Autopsies, for instance, are tailored by professionals who have performed such evaluations on actual murder victims.

All of these connections were made through friends of friends and one prominent aid came through a client of Galloway’s nail lady.

“I could try forever and not have that kind of luck. It’s serendipity,” Galloway says.

In “Dead by My Side” the main character loses his partner in the line of duty. In writing the funeral scene, Galloway wanted the former deputy coroner to review it for accuracy. It turned out that her partner, Vu Nguyen, was killed similarly.

In Nguyen’s honor the funeral scene in Galloway’s book is modeled after his funeral.

“It was the most beautiful funeral. It was the most heartbreaking,” Galloway says.

Ron Montana, a screenwriter, picked up Galloway’s book and decided to turn it into a screenplay. The screenplay open with the funeral scene.

According to Montana, they plan is to market the screenplay as a major motion picture and are hoping to have it out by early 2012 but that is subject to change.

“I thought the book was extremely unique. I met with Gloria and we hit it off immediately,” Montana says.

Galloway and Montana will both be participating in a book signing event in Auburn at Fortezza Winery from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 17.

“In northern and Southern California, it’ll go viral; it’s highly enjoyable,” Montana says.

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