From Finance to Fiction
Ed Protzel's Long and Winding Road to Publication
In all my writing, I attempt to provide fundamentally different experiences for the reader, at once tense, touching, ironic, tragic, and funny, often with conflicting ideas playing out—and myriad twists, turns and surprises.
I live in St. Louis where I grew up, a mix of a Jewish father and a part-Cherokee mother. I lived for a short time in an orphanage when my parents divorced. After high school, I left home to live in St. Louis’ Gaslight Square entertainment district, among its collection of artists, entertainers, lunatics, druggies, and driftwood denizens. This experience gave me a unique perspective, which is reflected in many of my fictional characters—outsiders and gamesters, male and female, on lonely, often deadly, quests, seeking justice, love, and fulfillment against society’s blindness.
I split my professional life between working in securities management, while in my free time doing what I loved most—writing screenplays and later novels. Over the years, I worked at 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles and completed five original screenplays for feature film, one of which was optioned, and honored by Missouri Playwrights Association.
But fame didn’t come knocking.
So, after earning a master’s in English literature/creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, I turned to novels, first transforming one of my screenplays into what became The Lies That Bind, the first published book in my Civil War-era DarkHorse Trilogy, a process that took well over 10 years and many rewrites. Book 2 of the trilogy, Honor Among Outcasts, is due for release on Feb. 2, 2018, to be followed by the final book, Something in Madness.
After that...who knows?
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