Waiting on “Hog Valley” and other stuff


I’m waiting on the Proof Copy of “Hog Valley”. The interior work and the Cover work are complete. As soon as I receive the proof copy in the mail

I’ll check it thoroughly and, hopefully, give my final approval. This week, I hope and pray.

In spite of my best efforts, I have not written a single word in “Twisted Key” in several weeks. Health issues – torn retina, gout (nasty, nasty stuff), moving between apartments, final edits and wrangling with the production teams on “Hog Valley” and most recently a really bad upper respiratory infection have gotten in the way of any writing.  That’s life, I guess.

But that does not mean I’m not thinking about the plot. I am, and when I can I’m running down leads and making contacts for information to flesh out the story.

The recovery from the URI is slow, unfortunately. Getting back to some semblance of normalcy from something like that takes time, especially when you’re not nineteen. Heaven knows I haven’t been nineteen in a couple of years. Heaven knows that – I’m just getting around to realizing it, myself.

I hope you have a really good week.


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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