British journalist Jack Owen wrote for local, national and international publications before becoming the author of two non-fiction books about Palm Beach, and a handful of factional yarns based on historical – mostly nautical – events.
His books, anthologies, articles and short-stories are available online in “E and Tree” versions.
In the course of seeking information for stories about everything from Mushroom Growing to Murder, the author has sailed oceans, climbed mountains and bent the ear of many bartenders. Cops and crooks have shoved guns in his face, society dames have hired him to ghost-write their life-stories. Editors have hired, fired and hired him again.
Owen has written for publications as diverse as the National Enquirer to the National Fisherman and Sports Digest to Modern Maturity, while playing many roles Upstairs and Downstairs to get the story.
And sometimes his story, became part of, history.
In a parallel life, sometimes serendipitously merging one with the other, he has maintained a second love and livelihood in antiquarian and contemporary books. As an active bookseller and appraiser in the late 1970's, he has been a charter member, officer and former president of the FABA (Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association).
He has also messed about in boats from rag-bags to stink-pots in many roles.