Book Signings and Other Stuff

Yesterday’s book signing at Well Loved Books was a great success. I met a lot of very nice people, including one husky young fellow who works as a flight instructor on the Orion P3. He purchased a copy of “The Big Bend”, which I happily signed for him. Then he mentioned that he was going to be deployed in a month. I thanked him for his service and wished him well.

This is not meant to be an insult by any means, but he didn’t look old enough to drive his dad’s car, much less be a flight instructor, but then all of the medical people I see lately don’t look old enough for their jobs, either.

“Twisted Key” is moving along, and as I mentioned before, it is turning out to be a real doozy of a tale. I am enjoying writing it, more than I did “The Big Bend” and “Hog Valley”. That doesn’t mean I hated writing them – I didn’t. As tough as writing well has turned out to be, the rewards for a well-tuned tale are immense and worth every bit of the headaches and late night tossing and turning involved.

But there is just something special lurking deep inside “Twisted Key”. I don’t know what it is yet, and I promise I won’t tell you when I find out.

But you’re gonna love it.


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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