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Byrne, Robert

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Comments from the author about writing: I've always been interested in words and writing.  In highschool I wrote for the student newspaper.  At Iowa State College I wrote a humor column for the student newspaper.  At the University of Colorado I was editor of the humor magazine.  On graduating with a degree in civil engineering, I took an editorial job with an engineering magazine.  Over the next twenty years, I wrote three books in my spare time, so when the magazine went out of business I had a kind of running start for a career as a writer of books.  While still a magazine  editor, I found I could write a book in a year by spending about ten hours a week: an hour a night on weekdays and ten hours on weekends.  It's not necessary to quit a job to write a fact it is foolhardy given how hard it is to get a book accepted by a publisher. I've written 23 books including seven novels, one of which, Thrill, became NBC's Monday Night movies in 1996. Other works include five collections of quotations, seven books related to the games of pool and billiards, and two anthologies. The latest (November 2009) is a compilation of my best short works, mainly newspaper columns, titled Behold My Shorts. I was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, spent forty years in California as a magazine editor and free-lance writer, and returned to my hometown in 1995 with my wife, artist Cynthia Nelms.

Book Types:  Fiction, Nonfiction

Audience Types: Adult

Genre: Biography, Essays, Realistic Fiction

Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes

If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? No


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County: Dubuque

Selected Books By This Author

  • Memories of a Non-Jewish Childhood. Lyle Stuart, New York 1970
  • The tunnel. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977.
    Always a Catholic. Pinnacle Books, New York, 1981.
  • Thrill. New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1995.
  • Byrne's Standard Book of Pool and Billiards. Harcourt, New York 1978, revised 1998.
  • Behold My Shorts: the Best of Robert Byrne. Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, 2009.

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