It’s been that kind of week…


I meant to post an entry on Monday, as I do most weeks, but life got in the way. Sorry about that, but it happens. I write for a living, rather than live to write as many do, or at least aspire to do. So if I have to, or want to, I do other stuff without batting the proverbial eyelid.

But I really did mean to post an entry on Monday. Really.

I will be working on “Twisted Key” over the weekend, cutting some stuff out of the first third of the MS that seems to be slowing down the pace of the story. It’s mostly background stuff from the first two novels that’s getting in the way. I wasn’t all that sure I needed to fill in the back story for new readers, but it seemed to be necessary. On the other hand, I don’t really like it when I come across that sort of thing in other people’s writing, so I feel perfectly justified in cutting it out of the MS.

Besides, a few test readers told me it slows the story down to a crawl. So there you have it; my opinions don’t always count for as much as I’d like to think they do…

The bookmarks for “Hog Valley” look really nice. I’m glad they were done before the next event at the Middleburg Historic Festival on November 6.

I’ve got four events confirmed, and four others I am committed to but don’t have dates/times for, yet. Here are the four confirmed appearances:

Book Signing Events
Fall, 2010

November 6    Middleburg Historic Festival
            9:00 – 3:00 pm

November 11    Books Inc, Gainesville
            5:30 – 7:30 PM

November 13    Historic Grounds Bookstore, Green Cove Springs
            5PM – 9PM

November 20    Andrea’s Bookstore, Palatka
            12 Noon – 3PM

It’s Friday already. I hope you have a great weekend.


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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