About the Author

Author Bio | Gene Cartwright

Published Author, Screenwriter, Former Oprah Show guest author, Pulitzer-Prize Nominee, Marine, Inventor, iFOGO founder, and former engineer.

“I have not been so moved by a book since I read Alex’s [Haley] book. When the film is made, I’m laying claim to the role of Aunt Rose.” – CICELY TYSON

— A Tony-Award winner, Emmy-Award winner, Oscar-nominated actress, and cinema icon.

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is a native of Texas. He says it was his great fortune to be born at the right address— the home of his parents. Gene insists his love of writing and learning was sparked by his mother; she taught him to read when he was barely four. Gene’s father taught him, by daily life examples, how to apply what he learned.

Gene was fascinated and captured by the freedom reading afforded. He read voraciously, and was inspired to put his own words to paper. Gene has always enjoyed both technical and literary pursuits. He wrote his first novel at 12. (90 pages longhand.) 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 at Prairie View A&M.

Four years later,

and for almost 8 years thereafter, during what he 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,

Gene saddled up and headed west to California. Throughout his engineering pursuits and business activities, Gene continued to write and dream of being a published author. In 1996, that dream was realized. Gene has written 9 novels, 2 nonfiction books, a book of poetry, short stories, and several screenplays. Gene’s book tour for ‘I Never Played Catch With My Father,’ lasted 2 years and took him from coast to coast:

Gene 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.

A Baseball First:

Gene was the first novelist interviewed on KNBR, The San Francisco Giants’ flagship radio station. In 1997, he was interviewed for 30 minutes, in evening drive-time, about his novel, I Never Played Catch With My Father. A 20th year Anniversary edition of the novel has been released.

Presently, Gene has just released ‘The Value of Small Things’, a non-fiction work.

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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