About Gary

Gary D. Kessler is a former news agency managing editor; CIA official; diplomat; newspaper columnist; stage actor, director, and producer and movie consultant; and is currently a freelance book editor and novelist. Prior to collaborating with Cyberworld Publishing on the establishment of SKYLINE, an anthology featuring prose and poetry by central Virginia writers, he was volume editor for the Blue Ridge Anthology.

He has lived and written in Japan, Thailand, and Cyprus. In Thailand he was consultant on movies that included The Deerhunter, The Killing Fields, Volunteers, and Good Morning Vietnam; wrote the drama reviews for the Bangkok Post; produced and directed plays and concerts; and, as president of the Bangkok Music Society, was the official host of a concert tour in Thailand of the New York Philharmonic. In Cyprus he produced and directed plays and was the entertainment columnist for the Cyprus Sun. 
He has edited more than 150 books for mainline publishers, and his own book projects include a short story collection, On the Downtown Mall; volume editor for the two-volume WritersNet Anthology of Prose; coauthor, with Carol Kluz, of a publishing reference, Finding Go! Matching Questions and Resources in Getting Published; and coauthor of a Bible study, (Re)Tell Me the Stories, with his minister sister, Carole Stockberger. In addition to his latest Charlottesville-setting novel, What the Spider Saw, he writes e-books-to-paperback international intrigue novels under the pen name Gina Drew and detective mystery novellas under the pen name Olivia Stowe. 
He has won and placed in the UVa Art Museum Writer’s Eye prose contest, won the Virginia Writer’s Club flash fiction contest, and placed in the VWC’s statewide annual fiction contest. 
He consults on writing and publishing, and conducts writing and publishing workshops.
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