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. To date, my published works includes books 1 and 2 of my Civil War-era DarkHorse Trilogy: The Lies That Bind, Honor Among Outcasts (released Feb. 2), and in 2018 Something in Madness. Also, my futuristic mystery/thriller, The Antiquities Dealer, ha\\will be published later in 2018.
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