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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gary Forrester  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Decatur, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Gary was born and raised in Illinois, but has lived most of his adult life overseas.

Biographical and Professional Information

He lives in New Zealand with his wife Keziah and their two youngest children. He is the author of three novels and a book of verse, as well as numerous academic writings on the law and other subjects. For many years he was a member of an Australian bluegrass band, The Rank Strangers, that gained some notoriety Down Under in the process of touring and producing albums of Forrester’s musical compositions. Forrester grew up in America’s midwest — much of it in the heart of Illinois, but he shared, with many of his ancestors, a wanderlust — an impatience to try everything and see everything. As a musician, that was an asset. After his two novels, Houseboating in the Ozarks and Begotten, Not Made, were published, he turned to this memoir — which has turned out to be much more. As Forrester learned of relatives who came before him, he was swept away with the need to see facts, photographs, documents. The author found “relief” in discovering the very human side of his family. Forrester, a composer, lyricist, musician, and attorney, lives and works in beautiful New Zealand.

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Titles At Your Library

Houseboating in the Ozarks
ISBN: 0802313418

Dufour Editions. 2006

In a shuffling odyssey through the heart of the American Midwest (a mini-van road trip to the Ozarks with his two youngest kids), he confronts his past, imagines his future, and redefines his love for his children.

Blaw Hunter Blaw Thy Horn: A Memoir
ISBN: 1932278397

Mayhaven Pub. 2011

Blaw Hunter, Blaw Thy Horn turns a candid spotlight on several members of a creative midwestern family. Well researched, the characters are vividly portrayed through their own photos and documents. The tiny fiddler, who entertained across the United States when times got tough, to the coach who led a team to victory, only to face rejection not long after. Through love affairs, sacrifice, survival and failure, this family lives through the author's candid writing.

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