On March 25, 2014 Charles Farley signs with Steve Gierhart and The Ardent Writer Press for the publication of his historical novel, The Hotel Monte Sano.
On a cool day in Huntsville, author Charles Farley signed with The Ardent Writer Press to publish his historical fiction novel, The Hotel Monte Sano.
Charles expertly paints a background of 1890s Huntsville, Alabama and the sights and sites above the city on Monte Sano Mountain, the location of the old Hotel Monte Sano Resort. Along the way, he folds in the historical context of the city and its people into an exciting story of young romance and a murder at the now defunct hotel. With its discussion of the lingering impact of the civil war alongside the burgeoning cotton mill industry, he gives readers a complete historical canvas of Huntsville at the end of the 19th century.
What makes the well-researched book stand out is the identification of many natural and historical locations at the top of Monte Sano Mountain, many of which are forgotten by local residents. And it is no wonder the book was written. Charles is a resident of the mountain.
Charles is the author of several other books, including the murder mysteries Secrets of San Blas and Secrets of St Vincent along with his compelling nonfictional account of the life of Bobby “Blue” Bland, the blues master, in Soul of the Man.
The Ardent Writer Press welcomes Charles into the fold. The Hotel Monte Sano is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2014.
Charles Farley, author of The Hotel Monte Sano, enjoys lunch at Sam and Greggs Pizza in downtown Huntsville with publisher Steve Gierhart after signing with The Ardent Writer Press.
On March 25 Charles Farley executed an agreement with publisher Steve Gierhart and The Ardent Writer Press to publish his historical novel, The Hotel Monte Sano.
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight. The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful. It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them. While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted. They persevered.
Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses.
Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 7 grandchildren, and another grandbaby is on the way.
Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination.
He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.