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I am Rell Erwin. I was born in Hartford, CT the second youngest son of five children.
My grandmother raised me in the North End of the capital city, but the mean streets of Hartford and the cast of characters who inhabited my world also raised me.
Now, let me just say this, the upper hand was always held by my grandmother. In the city I saw and learned what to and not to do in this world by watching the people around me living their everyday lives. Some were successes; some were failures, but all lessons from the school of life and hard knocks. The school of life and hard knocks taught me how to navigate the streets and the world, yet I did get my formal education from Farmington High School. I graduated from FHS and then spent some time in the United States Marine Corps where I honed my boot shining skills, learned how to get dressed in less than 30 seconds, and wore a quarter sized hole in my foot from wearing combat boots morning, noon, and night.
It was somewhere between the time I graduated from high school and entered the military when these story ideas started invading my brain. There was only one thing to do, and that was to pick up a pen and start writing. It wasn’t until 1994 after my first son was born that I began to feel it was much more than a hobby. Writing was becoming a strong part of who I was and what I wanted to be.
As we all are aware in this thing called life other things and responsibilities pushed my writing to the back burner, and over the next decade plus I dabbled seriously with another love of mine, music.
My debut novel isn't being released until late summer or early fall so it is not up on Amazon yet. I can give you an excerpt, and the current synopsis along with the cover if that helps. Also us there anything you need from me for the interview on the 21st? I'm going through the second edits if the book so my focus has been on that.
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