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Episode 5: Clueless Gent Talks to Chris Manno

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About this Episode

In this episode, Clueless Gent talks to Texas author Chris Manno.  Chris has quite the list of credentials.  He’s a retired airline captain, a lifelong cartoonist, a college professor, as well as a highly successful published author.  Chris provides our listeners with a plethora of writing information and advice, centering around his concept of habitable writing—living prose.  This is the concept Chris teaches to his university students.  He also discusses his books, which include both fiction and nonfiction.  Please join us.

About our Guest – Chris Manno

Chris Manno Author PhotoRather than a guest bio, Chris Manno provided me with his résumé.  I think it speaks volumes about Chris and his accomplishments, so that is what’s being posted here.

  • Virginia Military Institute graduate BA English
  • Commissioned USAF officer and pilot 1978-1985
  • American Airlines pilot 1985-2020 (flew 727, 737, MD80, F-100, and DC-10)
  • American Airlines captain 1991-2020
  • TCU post-graduate student and teacher while flying full schedule; earned PhD in Rhetoric and Literature at TCU
  • Adjunct professor of English at TCU, 2003-present 
  • East Jesus published 2016 (NTBF Finalist, Best Fiction 2017)
  • Voodoo Rush published 2017 (NTBF Award: Best Fiction 2018)
  • Blood and Remembrance published 2018 (NTBF Finalist, Best Fiction 2019)
  • Sanctuary Moon published 2019 (NTBF Finalist, Best Fiction 2020)
  • An Airline Pilot’s Life published 2020 (NTBF Award: Best Non-fiction 2020; Amazon #1 New Release)
  • Retired from American Airlines 2020
  • Currently teaching three TCU writing classes. 
  • NTBF = N. Texas Book Festival

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