Gene Cartwright


The late Award-winning actress, Ms Cicely Tyson read Gene's third novel, 'a Family Gathering', called in 2008, and they spoke for more than two hours. It was an unexpected honor. They shared a friendship and a deep and abiding respect.

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.

The Author:

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 10 novels, 2 nonfiction, 1—a book of "visual poetry", and several screenplays. Gene's latest book, "The Value of Small Things," is a powerful little book that will help you find reasons for loving your life. 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.

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Where to buy in print


First Father
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 790. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Essay » Political
Zawahiri's death foretold in 2012. First Father is a micro-story (796 words) that demonstrates the amazing writing skills of former Oprah guest, and past Pulitzer nominee, Gene Cartwright. With the eyes of the world riveted on the young president at the White House East Room podium, his Chief of Staff waited to convey startling news about his pregnant wife that would make all else insignificant.
TVOST. The Value of Small Things
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,470. Language: American English. Published: October 26, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
"I just read this book and loved it. I can see how it can easily be the best little bedside inspiration ever!" — Carolyn Howard-Johnson, multi-award-winning author and poet TVOST: The Value of Small Things. — We are experiencing changes in our lives that will last a lifetime. Many are suffering. While you struggle to cope, it just may be your past that offers you hope, the power, the tools to ov
Staying Alive: A Woman's Essential Guide to Living Safely
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,050. Language: American English. Published: February 21, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Women's health
Staying Alive: A Woman's Essential Guide to Living Safely, by Gene Cartwright and Jane Austen Dickey, is a jam-packed, detailed daily handbook dedicated to helping women live safely. We arm you with knowledge to defend yourself against predators day and night. Our purpose is to inform and inspire women to do more to protect themselves.
The Drammen Code
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,510. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
The President could not be trusted to defend America against Russia's final plan to destroy us from within.
The Water Line - A Klansman's Road to Redemption
You set the price! Words: 22,480. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Historical, Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
THIS STORY IS FOR OUR TIME. - Former Klansman, and Selma, Alabama native David Applewhite’s journey to redemption lasts 50 years, while a black boy who saved his life when both were 13, serves life in an Alabama prison. After crossing the newly-named John R. Lewis Bridge, en-route to Montgomery, David’s story ends with confronting past demons, and an enduring lesson in love and forgiveness.
The Promise Road
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,160. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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.
the Conversation
Price: Free! Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Coming of age
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
Price: $2.77 USD. Words: 32,710. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,480. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,300. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2011. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
"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.
Half Moon, Full Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,260. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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.
The Widowmaker
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,640. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,490. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Coming of age
The Novel that earned the author an Oprah Show invitation. 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 near death. In an effort to finally close the “broken circle,” he leaves his beloved New York, and catches “the last train home.

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