January 9th, 2008 14:40 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Stan Gallon, Author of Darkest Days
Stan Gallon is a Washington, D.C. based author and attorney. His first novel, Darkest Days debuts in the United States on December 4, 2007, after having first been published in the United Kingdom with much success.
Gallon is an attorney, who worked in the areas of international law, pharmaceutical products liability, medical malpractice and litigation. In addition to his law degree he earned a Master`s degree in Linguistics and a Bachelor`s degree in English Education. Gallon worked as a high school English teacher and as an English instructor in a foreign language program at the University of South Florida. As a student Gallon also worked part-time at a science museum and as a tour guide at the Clearwater Marine Science Center.
Gallon`s turbulent family history has strongly inspired his writing which binds the lessons of history with today`s policies to warn of often overlooked consequences of tomorrow. A prominent physician in Cuba, his maternal grandfather was attacked and nearly killed by Castro`s revolutionaries and later jailed for continuing to speak out against the regime. Upon his release he and his family escaped to the United States.
Throughout World War II, Gallon`s father was forced to move from one city to another with his brother and mother as the Nazi`s hunted the resistance leaders which included Gallon`s paternal grandfather and his grandfather`s brother. A young boy at that time, Gallon`s father witnessed the tragic Warsaw Ghetto Uprising while members of his family smuggled weapons through the Polish underground to the Jewish resistance in the ghetto. The memory of massive fires roaring into the skies and gunfire echoing throughout the night have never left Gallon`s father who years later studied under and worked with Dr. Marek Edelman, one of the uprising`s organizers.
After working as a Physician in £odz, Poland; London, England; Chicago; and other cities, Gallon`s father moved the family to Florida where he served as a ship`s physician aboard cruise liners for a decade. This allowed Gallon, beginning at the age of eight, to see the world. During this time he witnessed the disparity between the extravagance of the western world and the poverty of the third world. Gallon began writing at the age of nine and later developed films through his teen and college years.
Gallon resides in the Washington, D.C. with his wife. His interests include history, politics, biology and travel. Gallon swims 100 laps a day and also enjoys biking, hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and of course, reading.
For More Informtaion: www.stanleygallon.com