1st Novel

Three Long Days

2nd Novel

Soul Intentions

3rd novel

 

For years, Michael Cantwell has worn various hats — commercial real estate broker, freelance sports photographer and basketball coach, to name a few. When real estate sales, as Cantwell says, “kind of went into the tank” a few years ago, one of his friends suggested he try something different. Very different. That something different was writing a book.

“I wouldn’t know a thing about writing,” Cantwell told his friend at the time. But when his buddy bet him lunch that he couldn’t write a best selling novel, Cantwell discovered that he could. In fact, the Lake Worth man has written four novels in three years and has no plans to quit. One of the books (“A Beautiful Song”) was even Amazon.com’s top 20 books list for awhile.

And, yes, he got lunch out of the deal, too. Nothing fancy, Park Avenue Grille, but he enjoyed every morsel.

“No one should ever tell me I can’t do something,” Cantwell, who has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from La Salle University in Philadelphia, says. “I’ll prove them wrong every time.”

He writes about music and political thrillers. His first book, “A Beautiful Song”, came out spring of 2011. Since then, he’s written three more — “Three Long Days”, “Soul Intentions”, and “Soul Directive” (all available at Amazon.com and other book outlets). All his novels, he says, speak about redemption in some way.

Joining local writer’s groups have helped him hone his craft, he says. He writes at home early mornings and then again in the evening. The next day, he edits what he has written and then takes it along to his writers group for criticism and comments.

When he couldn’t find a publisher, he started his own publishing company, KSM Publishing. The letters stand for the names of his three children: Kristen, Samantha and Matthew.

When he isn’t writing, taking photos or selling real estate, Cantwell, who was born in Kentucky and raised in New Jersey, likes to read — especially books by George R.R. Martin and Sidney Sheldon. He plays guitar and also enjoys musical biographies.

Cantwell is married to Anne, a banker. He still sells commercial real estate.

“I spend about 80 percent of my time writing and 20 percent in real estate,” he said.


Q&A

What are your hobbies?

Photography, chess and autograph collecting. When I want to get away from it all, I go on nature walks with my camera.

If you could switch jobs with anyone, who would it be?

Jeff Loria - owner of the Marlins.

If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be?

Bob Dylan.

What’s your favorite childhood memory?

The first time I walked inside Yankee Stadium.

What’s the most unusual item you own?

A baseball signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers with Jackie Robinson.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever read?

From Wayne Gretsky: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”

What’s something people don’t know about you that would surprise them?

I’m a big “Pinky and the Brain” fan (the old cartoon).

 

 

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