From Finance to Fiction
Ed Protzel's Long and Winding Road to Publication
An award-winning author and screenwriter, Ed Protzel grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, a mix of a Jewish father and a part-Cherokee mother. Ed lived for a short time in an orphanage when his parents divorced. He left home after high school to live in St. Louis’ Gaslight Square entertainment district among its collection of artists, entertainers, and bohemians. This experience gave Ed his unique perspective, which is reflected in many of his fictional characters—outsiders and gamesters, male and female, on lonely, often deadly, quests, seeking justice, love, and fulfillment against society’s blindness.
Ed split his professional life between working in securities management and writing screenplays. He worked for a time 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.
Ed turned to writing novels after earning his master’s degree in English literature/creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Three of his novels have been published by TouchPoint Press to date: The Lies That Bind, Honor Among Outcasts (books 1 and 2 of his Civil War-era DarkHorse Trilogy), and his sci-fi mystery/thriller, The Antiquities Dealer (late-2018). Book 3 of his trilogy, Something in Madness, will be released in 2019. Two of his manuscripts (Honor Among Outcasts and The Antiquities Dealer) were honored by Missouri Writers Guild in its 2017 Fall Fiction Contest. Ed lives and writes in St. Louis.
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