“Twisted Key” has been completed

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I wrapped up the last of the edits for “Twisted Key” on Thursday. The manuscript is done. All of the add-on text – the Acknowledgements, Dedication page, Author’s Note and the first chapter of my next novel, “Lonesome Cove”, have been put in place. With any luck I will have the cover art in my hands near the end of the month and then I send the whole package of to the publisher. Two years worth of research, writing and rewriting and the editing is over.

My third novel, and it is done. I had expected to have the novel available in September of this year; it may well be out in July, at this rate.

Three people have seen the manuscript before the editing and all three have said it is the best yet. Very fast-paced, with a lot of humor and a few interesting asides. Katy O’Donnell owns an independent bookstore, ‘Well Loved Books’, here in Orange Park. She started reading at four in the afternoon and didn’t get up until she finished at ten that night.

Both of the editors who worked through the entire manuscript had similar reactions to the story.

I may never get rich doing this, but reactions like these will keep me writing.

“Lonesome Cove”, my fourth novel, is just about writing itself; there are 156 good pages, which puts me over the half-way point in the story. I had to stop work on it to finish the editing on “Twisted Key”, but I will be back at work on the manuscript tomorrow morning.

I’ll be doing an on-air interview at WOCA 1370AM in Ocala on the 22nd of March at 10 AM, and a book signing on Saturday, the 26th, at “A Novel Idea” bookstore in the Beal’s Plaza on Silver Springs Blvd between noon and 2 PM.


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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