Back to work on “Twisted Key”

When I find myself in a bit of a pickle plotwise, I back off and go do something else for a few days. I can’t force the story. I have to figure out what’s happening in the background (and no, I really have no more idea of what’s going on in my stories then the main characters do). Once I’ve got that in hand (and this may force the odd rewrite to what’s gone before),the next set of scenes pretty much write themselves. It’s fun, actually, to see a story pull itself together.

Yes, I have to sit in front of the computer with my fingers on the keys, but I spend just about as much time correcting my mis-typings as I do getting the words down on paper. The words are already there, lurking somewhere in the back of my mind, ready to leap out onto the monitor as fast as I can hit the keys.

It really is fun. That, and research. Research is fun, too, if you do it right.


About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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