It’s Official

“Hog Valley” will go to the publisher in the first week of October. I am as disappointed as anyone else, if not more so. But, being the forward-thinking optimist I am, I have begun a final round of editing on the manuscript. Everything is done, including the Title Page, Dedication, Acknowledgements, Read-on, and so on and so forth. I’ve even got a “Other Books by the Author” page.

But now that I know I’ve got the time to give the manuscript another once-over, that is what I’m gonna do. It can’t hurt.

“Twisted Key” is moving along. I am not going to stop work on it. But now, I’ll do a bit of editing/rewriting on “Hog Valley”, and when I get bored with that, I’ll work on “Twisted Key” for a bit.

That’s called good time and resource management. Or something.

I think I mentioned in an earlier blog that I have eye surgery on the 27th of this month. That is going to put writing – and reading, darn it – on hold for about a week or ten days. Less, if I think I can get away with it. Near the middle of June, I hope to be on the road to several locations here in Florida to set up distributorships of “The Big Bend”. I’ll speak with bookstore owners in Gainesville, The Villages and Mt. Dora on that trip, and perhaps on the next trip I’ll get down to Orlando.

Over the next month or so, I will be looking into local radio stations to set up interviews to promote “The Big Bend” and “Twisted Key”.

Anyway, that’s my plan.

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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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