ABOUT ED PROTZEL
I'm a former screenwriter with five original screenplays, who worked developing scripts at 20th Century Fox. I turned to writing novels several years ago and have three published books under my belt. They include the DarkHorse Trilogy—The Lies That Bind, Honor Among Outcasts, Something in Madness (in 2019)—about a forbidden friendship between an abolitionist and group of slaves. My newest book is The Antiquities Dealer, a futuristic mystery/thriller about a Jewish gallery owner drawn into a plot to clone the great minds of history—beginning with Jesus Christ.
Whether screenplays or novels, I specialize on character-driven themes and complex plots, based in one way or another to my own background—a mixed-heritage Jew-Cherokee, who lived for a time in an orphanage and later as a teen runaway. This experience, although painful, gave me special insights into characters considered "outsiders," men and women on lonely quests seeking justice, love, and fulfillment against society’s blindness. I hope I do them justice.
I have a master’s in English literature/creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a bachelor's in English at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu. I've received acclaim from Readers' Favorite, Literary Titan, Missouri Writers Guild, Midwest Book Review and Missouri Playwrights Association. I am represented by Loiacono Literary Agency and published by TouchPoint Press. I live and write in St. Louis.
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.
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