My debut novel, The Operator, came out in October of 2018. I have been working for the past eight years, publishing short stories and poetry in a variety of eZines and anthologies, including 'The Blue Guitar,' a publication of the Arizona Consortium of the Arts, and Michigan State University's literary quarterly, 'The Offbeat.' Last year, I took first place for poetry in the Tempe Public Library's annual writing contest, which was officiated by the Creative Writing Department of Arizona State … Read more about About The Author
The Operator is my debut novel, a suspense filled story about the struggle against greed and power in our Nation’s Capital.
Set in the historic Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, AZ, the main character, Harold, finds himself swept through the portals of time to 1929, where he and Talia (the hotel’s operator) attempt to stop the Great Depression. When he re-enters the present, he finds that nothing has changed, except that she has left him a billion-dollar trust with instructions to stop the current economic crisis from spiraling out of control.
Along the way, he meets her son, who will stop at nothing to get the money for himself, and a sleazy D.C. power broker who agrees to help him but has a traitorous agenda of his own. Our hero manages to re-enter the time portal and enlists Talia’s help, but all her efforts backfire, putting Harold’s life in danger. The love of his life must come to his rescue…but will it be in time?
Not on My Watch
Can a nurse and her new beau successfully defeat a power-hungry corporation at their own game?
She walked in wearing high heels and attitude. Steven looked up from his Wall Street Journal and their eyes meet. Former classmates, they re-connect, but is it truly by chance? Or something more calculated? Before long, she embroils him in her fight to defend her hospital—and her nursing career—from the clutches of a ruthless Boston medical syndicate run by her ex-husband. Their only chance to stop the takeover is to run a dangerous sting operation that could cost them their careers – or worse.
As part of my journey into the realm of writing, I has the opportunity to present my novels at book fairs, libraries and other organizations such as fraternal and business groups. As I fielded more questions about my books and how I wrote them, it occurred to me that others might benefit from my experience, […]
We were on a dinner cruise recently in San Francisco and had the occasion to take a dinner cruise on the bay. We had a wonderful time as there was great food, wonderful music for dancing, and a clear, almost cloudless night. As we passed beneath the Bay Bridge, I went topside and was able […]
We took a fabulous trip last month to San Francisco. We had the opportunity to see the redwoods in Muir, across the Golden Gate Bridge as well as Yosemite national park. I have always been an Ansel Adams fan and have always wanted to see El Capitan for myself, maybe take my own black and […]
News and Events
A YouTube interview for the launch of “Not on My Watch”
Howard appeared on Blog Talk Radio to discuss his debut novel, “The Operator”
Here is a link to the interview
Author Howard Gershkowitz and his debut novel, the Operator appeared in the January 5, 2918 edition of the Santan Newpaper
“A longtime financial adviser with a passion for history and a love of sci-fi is thrilled his love for writing has paid off in the form of his first novel.
Howard Gershkowitz, a 19 year resident of Chandler, wrote The Operator, a fictional novel set in Prescott that involves time travel, the economy, and romance. Independent publishing company All Things That Matters published it.”
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SanTan Sun News Article about “Not on My Watch” Chandler author’s 2nd novel right out of headlines Chandler author Howard Gershkowitz’s second novel departs from science fiction and focuses instead on fraud and corporate greed. A couple years ago, Gershkowitz, a Chandler resident for 19 years who has been in the financial services industry for […]
Chapter 1 Trouble walked in wearing high heels and attitude. Shoulder-length brown hair framed her smooth, high cheek bones. Stopping well shy of the register, she scanned the tables as if looking for someone to buy her a drink. When her eyes caught mine, they lingered a second too long. A half-smile creased her lips, […]
Excerpt from Chapter 1… She lifted the shiny handset. “Hassayampa Inn, how may I help you. One moment while I connect you.” With her free hand, she grabbed one of the many twisted wires. Tracing the second line of small, round holes, each marked with a room number, she plugged it into “1016” and waited. […]