Authors on the Air host Pam Stack welcomes former screenwriter and award winning author ED PROTZEL to the studio.
Ed’s writing career began in college after one of his professors encouraged his talent. He wanted to write screenplays full time then, but had to make a living and put the endeavor aside, working on his scripts in his spare time and on weekends.
After several years, he took a break from work and relocated to Los Angeles, working at 20th Century Fox while working on his screenplays, completing five. He thought his “big break” had arrived and that he was going straight to the Hollywood’s “A” list when the head of production at a major Hollywood studio called one of his spec screenplays a “great script.” However, that same week the studio was sold, and Ed fell through the cracks. “That was a huge disappointment!” he recalls.
Hating living L.A, Ed returned to St. Louis and switched to writing novels after earning his master’s in English literature/creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He started by converting one of his screenplays into what would become his first novel (The Lies That Bind). His actual “big break” came when he landed an agent to represent The Lies That Bind, who quickly found a publisher. Today, Ed continues to live and write in St. Louis. His novels include The Antiquities Dealer (A David Greenberg Mystery); and his DarkHorse Trilogy: The Lies That Bind, Honor Among Outcasts, and Something in Madness (2019).
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