Carl Ehnis


Carl Ehnis used to spend way too much time writing soaring marketing prose for a major financial services company. By night he tried to create magic by authoring such novels as MEDICUS, Verite, the curious non-fiction project called One Page a Day, and most recently, Race Riot. Now that he's ditched the day job, he's working on a new novel with the working title Let's Cook!. He's a life-long resident of New Jersey, has a wife and two married kids, two domesticated animals, plus other unwanted vermin taking up residence in the walls of his rambling 100-year old residence. Among his many interests include...well, you'll need to download One Page a Day for the complete list.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in an upscale suburban community in New Jersey and I disavow any influence that such a bland and conventional provenance might confer on my writing. But that's a conceit--all my books, fiction and non-fiction alike, are set in New Jersey and feature New Jersey-type characters facing New Jersey-type situations. But I swear these stories and my life are universal and could have taken place anywhere in the world--or the universe for that matter. I swear! I swear!!!
When did you first start writing?
I was around 15 when I started writing stories that were outside of the high school curriculum. They weren't too good. This was also around the time I started learning guitar and focused most of my energy on writing songs. They weren't too good, either. I continued to write sporadically through college and started my first novel around the age of 22 or 23. That novel wasn't too good. Some 37 years later, I think I've gotten a lot better. This is covered in much more depth in my uproariously moving non-fiction thing called One Page a Day, available at this website. (Apologies for the gratuitous plug.)
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Race Riot
Price: Free! Words: 120,690. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Business
In Race Riot, Nick Freeman suffers the misfortune of seeing his grandest dreams come true. But that’s when all the trouble begins. His wife is seduced by his boss, a coworker he rescues from financial ruin betrays him and he gets arrested by his best friend. But from the ashes of Nick’s enterprise rises a new, outrageously successful empire from a very unlikely source.
Price: Free! Words: 90,760. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Lisa Parmenter, wife, mother, and system architect at a large software development firm, is widowed on page one. Was husband Earl’s death an accident—a matter of “wrong place, wrong time”? Or was he a victim of corrupt policies perpetrated by his sadistic former employer, MEDICUS Corp.? When she learns the truth, Lisa bursts out of her mourning malaise and embarks on a course of bloody revenge.
One Page a Day
Price: Free! Words: 115,020. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Essay » Author profile
One Page a Day is the anti-Seinfeld. It's not a book about nothing--it's a book about EVERYTHING, from the perspective of a novelist, marathoner, musician, husband/dad, cook, investing pro, agnostic, train commuter. From playing guitar solos like a rock god to avoiding runner's knee forever, One Page a Day's 365 ultra-short chapters will keep you amused, enlightened and aroused.