Ralph Gaby Wilson grew up in a family of readers and was fascinated by books and writing.
He sold his first short story at age 12.
He graduated from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and won a number of awards for investigative reporting.
He became Creative Director/Art Director for two of the largest U.S. Advertising Agencies before selling a screenplay to Hollywood.
He has been a screenwriter for the past 35 years. His first movie won awards at Deauville, Edinburg and Montreal Film Festivals. His last film, The Trial of Old Drum, won numerous awards including the Film Advisory Board’s Award of Excellence.
To read Illegal Woman is to straddle a vintage motorcycle behind a gorgeous young Gypsy woman and ride like hell through France in freewheeling 1965. It is a coming of age nostalgic trip that captures the excitement of empty-pocket, youthful travel. Circumstances force our suddenly broke writer, Kelly, to hitchhike from the French Riviera to Paris, where he hopes publishers' checks await him at the American Express office. Six hundred miles and only a thumb, a pair of Keds and $30 to get him there. On the way Kelly catches the eye of a beautiful Gypsy, Kalina, who teaches him to travel by his wits alone. To be Gypsy. This is a spicy romp told with energy, passion and humor. The reader will enjoy a riveting ride through Gypsy camps, Gypsy culture, French history and American folk music. Hop on the bike with Kalina and Kelly and venture into the life of the Rom at your own risk. You won't want the ride to end.