Interview with Gary Showalter

When did you first start writing?
I was about five years old, and after several trips to the local public library with my mother to choose a few books, I figured I could do a better job storytelling, so I started writing short stories. I kept that up through high school, but when the draft caught up with me, I ran out of any leisure time to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Lonesome Cove" is the fourth novel in the Terry Rankin series. Terry finds himself with a new client; Gianni Lupo is an elderly hit man for the Mob, convicted of killing two other mobsters following a gold heist in the Port of Miami. Lupo has just been released from Federal prison, where he served a full twenty-five years. He owns property on Sanibel, and needs bodyguards to keep him safe in his few remaining years. Terry is not comfortable with the client, but the money is good and the duty should prove to be something of a vacation for his people. Bodyguard to an old man? How hard can that be?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Authors who sign with agents and publishing houses are nothing more than prey. It shouldn't be that way, but it is. Living as an independent author has it's drawbacks, but win, lose or draw, the state of your future is up to you.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords offers me options for distribution that I have not had before. Lots of markets - lots of readers, rather - that I have not yet reached. I'm looking forward to a long and profitable relationship with Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Letters from readers. Some critical, most very complimentary. I write about Florida; the state is always a major player in my novels, in that the environment affects how people behave. Florida has lots and lots of environment, and I can play with that. My characters don't like it, but that's just too bad for them. In many of the letters I receive, readers say they plan to visit many of the sites I describe in my writing so they can walk through the action in the book they read. I like that.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. Fans are why I write. I am a 'commercial' writer, in that I write for a living. Don't look for me to pen the next "Great American Novel". I am not an 'artist' and do not associate with artists. Those folks are just way to weird for me. I write for my readers. I write to entertain them.
What are you working on next?
My fifth novel is right about two years overdue. I took a year off after publishing "Lonesome Cove", figuring I needed a break after putting out four novels one after the other. I was right to do that; I was wrong in how I went about it. I got involved in Life; I got busy doing stuff and making friends and getting to know an Arabian horse too well. I am working on "Standing Wave", I promise. And I promise the wait will be worth it.
Published 2014-08-15.
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Books by This Author

Lonesome Cove
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 81,360. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Terry Rankin isn’t so sure about his new client, Gianni Lupo. Gianni is an old man, just released from prison after serving the full twenty-five years of a Life sentence for a double murder in Miami. But Terry figures the man’s paid for his crime and now he’ll spend his declining years tottering around his home on Sanibel Island. What could possibly go wrong?
Twisted Key
Series: Terry Rankin, Book 3. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 89,780. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Terry Rankin's new client is living under a death sentence, and both her ex-husband and her father are anxious to see it carried out. She also has a daughter who is missing. Terry has to protect his client, find the daughter and stay alive. All at the same time. If only it were that easy...if only that was all there was to it...
Hog Valley
Series: Terry Rankin, Book 2. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 109,180. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Bloody murder, kidnapping, illegal drugs and lots and lots of cash gone missing. It's all happening in Florida, and Terry Rankin is right in the middle of it. What could go wrong?
The Big Bend
Series: Terry Rankin, Book 1. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 105,870. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Terry Rankin, sole proprietor of Rankin Personal Security Services in Orlando, Florida, accepts a private meeting with a potential client. Sheila Adamson is looking for a bodyguard to protect her from her abusive husband, but Rankin refuses to take the job until she begins divorce proceedings. Moments later, Mrs. Adamson is dead and Rankin is buried beneath the rubble of his house.