Nothing else seemed to work…


…so I took on another project. I’ve been stalling, actually thinking of things to do to avoid getting back to work on “Twisted Key”. It’s not unusual, actually. It’s not that I’m tired of Terry Rankin and Cathy Diamond, or even the story line. I just didn’t want to sink back into the “Zone” again.

Well, that particular problem is out of the way.

I was one of eighteen authors at a group book signing party give by the Historic Grounds Bookstore in Green Cove Springs last Saturday night. I got there earlier than most and was still setting up my table when a customer and her daughter entered the store to look around. She promptly bought copies of “The Big Bend” and “Hog Valley”, which I happily signed for her. Once the party got under way an hour later, I spent the rest of the evening selling and signing books.

It was a great evening. I hope all of the other authors did as well as I did. I met a lot of very nice people – new authors, old authors, journalists and even a publisher. And customers, of course. Lots of very nice customers.

One of whom wrote me a few days later to say she had already finished “The Big Bend” and loved it. She said she reads a lot of murder mysteries. So many, in fact, she can easily predict ‘who done it’, which must really ruin an otherwise good story for her. But in “The Big Bend” she was surprised by the ending, and loved that immensely. A few days later she got back in touch and said she thoroughly enjoyed “Hog Valley” and was waiting for “Twisted Key”. She also mentioned she was thinking of taking a long drive around Florida to see some of the locations in my books.

What a great compliment that would be for any author. And what a great encouragement to keep on writing. I feel like running into the street, yelling “More appreciation! Less cash!” I would never do that, of course, but the thought is there.

I had lunch around mid-week with that publisher I met at the book signing. He suggested a book project to me. We spent the next ninety minutes eating and talking. About editing, and books, and marketing and promotion. And that project. I sent him an email this afternoon, telling him I had an outline ready and would work on the first chapter, starting tomorrow. I should have it ready for him around mid-week.

“Twisted Key” will get equal time, I promise.

I’m looking forward to this next week. I hope you are, too.


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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