Ed Protzel

Scintillating Fiction—Touching Hearts, Sparking Imagination

From Finance to Fiction

Ed Protzel's Long and Winding Road to Publication

  Ed Protzel, award-winning novelist and screenwriter

Ed Protzel, award-winning novelist and screenwriter

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. His published novels include books 1 and 2 of his Civil War-era DarkHorse Trilogy: The Lies That Bind (Readers' Favorite) and Honor Among Outcasts (Literary Titan Award). Book 3, Something in Madness, is due for release in 2019. His new thriller, The Antiquities Dealer: A David Greenberg Mystery, will be released later this year. In addition to being recognized by Readers' Favorite and Literary Titan, 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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