Gene Cartwright, a native of Texas, often says it was his great fortune to be born at the right address-the home of Elmer and Marie Cartwright-his parents. He insists his love of writing and learning was sparked by his mother, who taught him to read when he was barely four.
Gene was fascinated, captured by the freedom reading afforded. He has always enjoyed both technical and literary pursuits. He wrote his first novel at 12. (90 pages longhand.) Also, at age 12, he was working with a local electrician actually wiring new homes and retrofitting older homes. Gene graduated high school and headed immediately to college.
For almost 8 years thereafter, during what he now refers to as another life, Gene was an electrical engineer, designing lighting and power distribution systems. He next founded and owned a very successful consumer electronics company in Houston, Texas.
A few years later, he headed west. Throughout his engineering pursuits and business activities, Gene continued to write and dream of being a published and a fulltime author. In 1996, that dream was realized. Gene has written 6 novels, several screenplays, and book of poetry. Other literary projects are in progress. 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.
Ms. Cicely Tyson:Gene is still awed by the call he received, a few years ago, from famed actress, Emmy-Award Winner, Academy Award nominee, Ms. Cicely Tyson. Ms. Tyson had read Gene's 'A Family Gathering,' and was determined to reach out and speak with him. They spoke by phone for two hours, discussing the epic novel.
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.
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