Award-winning actress, Cicely Tyson read Gene's Pulitzer-nominated third novel, 'a Family Gathering', called and they spoke for more than two hours. It was an unexpected honor.
Ms. Tyson said, of 'A Family Gathering:' - "I have not been so moved by a story since reading Alex's book [Roots]. Words cannot express Gene's reaction.
Gene Cartwright, a native of Texas, often says it was his great fortune to be born at the right address— the home of his parents.
His mother who taught him to read when he was barely four. He was fascinated, captured by the freedom reading afforded. Gene read and was inspired to put his own words to paper. He has always enjoyed both technical and literary pursuits. He wrote his first novel at 12. (90 pages longhand.)
Gene graduated high school and in less than a month, headed immediately to college at Prairie View A&M. Four years later, and for almost eight years thereafter, during what he now refers to as another life, Gene was an electrical engineer, designing lighting and power distribution systems.
Next, Gene founded and owned a very successful consumer electronics company in Houston, Texas. A few years later, he saddled up and headed west.
Throughout his engineering pursuits and business activities, he continued to write and dream of being a published and a fulltime author. In 1996, that dream was realized. Gene has written 7 novel, a book of "visual poetry", and several screenplays. He also owns several patents.
For two years, his book tour for 'I Never Played Catch With My Father,' took him from coast to coast: He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Oprah, NPR stations and countless TV morning shows, news and sports shows. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Gene was the featured author in Ebony Magazine in the November '97 issue.
Finally, Gene's greatest childhood thrill was his very first little league baseball game. And his pet peeve, something he labels sacrilegious: the use of the aluminum baseball bats.
More to come.
Gene's Website: http://GeneCartwright.com
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The Promise Road
On a day Rachel Marin would forever remember, in September of 2000 she sat alone in her small, now empty white-fenced home in South Pasadena, California. While the stinging words of her recently divorced film producer-husband: “I married a whole wife; I deserve a whole wife,” still rang in her ears, she would soon close the door to her small home for the last time, and begin an improbable journey.
Summer 1967, in "The Sticks" — the rural backwater of Reedville, Arkansas.
On one bright summer morning,
in 1967, when five year old Deborah Yvonne Davis spent the day with her beloved grandmother, she unknowingly embedded the sweet essence of this special woman within her consciousness. And she would not forget her nor the “gifts” her beloved Gram D’Lena (Grandma Magdalena) gave her, ever.
FIRE NIGHT: ZOMBIES RULE - The "Supernatural" meets the "Super Evil" in this coming-of-age story of two, young, adventuresome brothers in 2007 New England. Ignoring their parents' warnings, Joshua and younger brother, Caleb Wellesley venture deep into Devil's Woods. They soon regret doing so, when they awaken a frightening 300 year old, history never fully told, and loose hell on the whole town.
Dying For Love
What risks would you take, including death, to satisfy an unquenchable romantic desire? Would risking loss of fame, power, social stature deter you? For many wealthy, powerful, famous men, the answer is no. They risk their lives and those of their lovers. Their deaths cause the LAPD to call retired, 40 year-old homicide wiz John Roméo. He has an eye for beauty and nose for murder but this time...
"Still Dreaming" After All These Years.
FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT
Pulitzer Nominated fiction author, and former Oprah guest Gene Cartwright is such a poet at heart, he places a poem at beginning of all his novels. This collection of stimulating, thought-provoking poetry stirs the imagination, heart, and soul.
America's worst enemy is the one it ignores.
For 23 years, some in our government knew 'Quietkill' was coming yet did nothing to stop it. Why? Now it may be too late. Many in our intelligence agencies, the U.S. State Department, and elsewhere prefer this novel never be published. The cover-up began on an icy tarmac in Oslo, Norway in 1991, and extends to 2013. That's when...
Half Moon, Full Heart
Half Moon, Full Heart—a love story spanning fifty years. Following a diagnosis of breast cancer, Rachel Marin’s film director husband abandons her. Though a successful, professional woman, her world collapses. She attempts suicide then struggles to lift herself from the basement of her life. On a road trip across country, she stops in a small, Texas town and discovers reasons to live forever.
They’ve got murders they can't solve. A serial killer with a macabre sense of humor is loose in LA. The killer is unlike any the FBI or LAPD has seen. Victims are super-wealthy, married men and their lovers—including a famous mega-evangelist in an adulterous affair. All are murdered by close range blasts from a .44 magnum.— Call John Roméo; he has an eye for beauty and a nose for murder.
I Never Played Catch With My Father
For mothers and daughters, fathers and sons—
A Texas-born, billionaire baby-boomer’s life-long love of baseball shapes his adulthood.
However, his enormous success fails to erase memories of a childhood missing a "heart and soul" connection with a father now near death. In an effort to finally close the “broken circle,” he leaves his beloved New York, and catches “the last train home.
A Family Gathering
Pulitzer Prize Nominee 2007
It was 1974....the South. She was 12; he was 16.
She was the daughter of a poor black, south Baptist minister. He was a son of the state's wealthiest white family. What happened on a day in May ended her first life. His was unaffected until 14 years of her painful exile; a vicious murder; a display of arrogance and power; an unexpected visitor, and ‘A Family Gathering.
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