ABOUT ED PROTZEL
The unique perspective of a mixed-heritage Jew-Cherokee, who lived for a time in an orphanage and later as a teen runaway, gives Ed Protzel special insights into characters that are outsiders, men and women on lonely quests seeking justice, love, and fulfillment against society’s blindness.
THE LIES THATA BIND (published Dec. 2015 by TouchPoint Press), is a darkly ironic antebellum South multiple-mystery/drama, the first book in Ed’s “DarkHorse Trilogy." Ed has written five original screenplays for feature film and developed scripts/projects for 20th Century Fox. The trilogy is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.
Ed earned his master’s degrees in English literature/creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his bachelor's in English at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu.
Ed had a dual career for over twenty years, working as an investments advisory manager for Fortune 100 firms, including Well Fargo Advisors, Met Life, and Merrill Lynch, while writing screenplays and novels. He was a whistleblower against a corrupt commodities futures brokerage in a case documented in the Wall Street Journal.
Ed’s expertise as a novelist and screenwriter is in the American tragicomedy movement (Faulkner, Twain, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O'Connor), science fiction, Shakespeare, and a variety of historical periods, including World War II, the American Civil War, and Fourteenth Century Europe.
The final two novels in the "DarkHorse Trilogy" include many of the same major characters as the original: HONOR AMONG OUTCASTS (2017), set in Missouri during the Civil War, and SOMETHING IN MADNESS (2018), returning the characters South during Reconstruction.
Ed’s other completed novel is THE ANTIQUITIES DEALER, a futuristic mystery/thriller about a Jewish gallery owner drawn by his former lover into a scheme to clone the great minds of history—beginning with Jesus Christ. Millennial religion, biotechnology, and human evolution collide in a cauldron peopled by a TV evangelist, a former NFL tackle, Middle East conspiracies, and radicals of major religions.
Ed is married and lives in St. Louis, where he writes full time.
Unique traits: Writes genre-stretching novels and screenplays with deep macro themes in the form of dramas-mysteries-thrillers-histories-science fiction.
Earth Excursions Mystery ⋄ Sci-fi ⋄ Thriller In the near future, a disillusioned writer and the U.S. President’s idealistic daughter, tour guides for vacationing wealthy Aliens, discover that Earth's secret Big Attraction is humankind's worst nightmare.
The Lies That Bind Mystery ⋄ Romance ⋄ Historical ⋄ Drama A fugitive charlatan schemes with a group of stranded slaves in antebellum Mississippi to build their own egalitarian plantation, colliding with the region’s dominant family, threatening to expose secrets that could prove fatal to them all.
THE LIES THAT BIND (novel))
Drama (Drama, Mystery and History) Author historical thriller, intrigue in the antebellum South. Book 1 of Civil War-era DarkHorse Trilogy. Book 2, Honor Among Outcasts, due in 2017. Book 3, Something in Madness, 2018. TouchPoint Press
Screenplay ("DarkHorse," bases of novel, THE LIES THAT BIND, "DarkHorse Trilogy," Book 1) honored by Missouri Playwrights Association
M.A. English Literature/Creative Writing University of Missouri at St. Louis