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About the AUTHOR

Charles Salzberg, who rarely leaves the island of Manhattan where he was born and raised, began his literary life in the mailroom at New York magazine, thinking somehow it would lead to his real dream: writing the Great American Novel. Restless, and too young (and stupid) to realize the consequences, he left the magazine after only three months and began life as a freelance magazine writer, with absolutely no idea what he was doing.

 

One thing led to another and, learning early on to never say no to anything, he began writing book reviews, ghost-writing books for others who thought they had something important to say but didn’t know quite how to say it, writing books under his own name and also in collaboration with others.


At the same time, he accidentally fell into teaching writing when a friend whose magazine class was over-subscribed talked him into teaching another section of that class.

His belief that this teaching would be one and out, was seriously challenged after he found himself teaching two, then three writing classes a week.

 

Finally, after a successful career as a magazine journalist, book reviewer, nonfiction book writer, he made a move to

fulfilling that dream of becoming a novelist when his first novel, Swann’s Last Song waspublished and wound up being nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel. After losing, he swore he’d keep writing crime novels until he won something.

 

After four more novels in the Henry Swann series, he wrote two successful stand-alone novels, Devil in the Hole (named one of the best crime novels of 2013 by Suspense magazine, and Second Story Man (nominated for another Shamus and a David Award, both of which, true to form, he lost). He finally broke the losing streak when Second Story Man was named winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award.

 

He’s also published three novellas, to be found in the collections Triple Shot, Three Strikes and Third Degree. He still teaches writing in New York City, is a Founding Member of New York Writers Workshop, and on the boards of PrisonWrites and Mystery Writers of America-NY.

Awards

Beverly Hills Book Award - Second Story Man -  Winner

National Indie Excellence Award - Second Story Man - Finalist

Shamus Award - Swann’s Last Song - Best First PI Novel  - Nomination

Shamus Award - Second Story Man - Best Original Paperback PI Novel - Nomination.

David Award - Second Story Man  - Nomination

Silver Falchion Awards. - Swann’s Lake of Despair - Nominations

Honors

Suspense Magazine  - One of the Best Crime Novels of 2013 - Devil in the Hole

New York Magazine - One of the Best of New York - Writing Teachers  

Affiliations

New York Writers Workshop - Founding Member, Board of Directors

PrisonWrites - Board of Directors

Mystery Writers 0f America-  NY -  Board of Directors

Suspense Magazine

New York Magazine

New York Writers Workshop

Mystery Writers of America

Prison Writes

 

On the BOOKSHELF

anthologies

THREE AUTHORS:

Doug Garr,

Ross Klavan

Charles Salzberg

 

Painting by Ron Leach

soupy & ME

​As a kid growing up in New York City, The Soupy Sales Show was must-see TV. One day, an agent friend asked me if I’d like to work with Soupy on his memoir. I don’t know if I actually said, “are you kidding?!” but that’s certainly the way I felt. I’d get to hang out with a childhood idol!

 

​I was hired without even meeting Soupy, but when I did I realized that although his mind was totally intact, and he was as sweet and kind a man as I hoped he would be, he had a lot of trouble speaking. He’d start off fine, but five or six minutes into the conversation his voice would begin to “droop,” and within a few minutes later, I could hardly hear him at all.​

​​How could I possibly collaborate on someone’s memoir if he was unable to talk to me about his life? I had to come up with a plan.

It struck me that I could find people who knew Soupy, both privately and professionally, and interview them about Soupy and his show. That way, I could use whatever Soupy was able to tell me directly, whatever research I could find and also let the reader hear these old friends and coworkers talk about Soupy and his career. 

 

​Fortunately, most of them were still around, and so, when and if you read the book, you’ll see that I was able to give the reader an inside look at Soupy Sales without him opening his mouth.

Some SHORT WORKS

FICTION & ESSAYS

DOWN TO THE RIVER

No Good Deed

LONG ISLAND NOIR

A Star Burns Right

GRAND CENTRAL NOIR

Train to Nowhere

CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE

Keep Them on the Edges of Their Seats

MYSTERY TRIBUNE

Canary in the Coldmine

BOOK DIVA READS

Author's Choice

LINDA K SIENKIEWICZ

What, Why and How

ESSAYS

NEW YORK TIMES

Postwritum Depression, False Stagnancy and Other Ills Caused By Writing Books

FORBES

Do Men Dress To Impress?

FORBES

He Said, She Heard

FORBES

His View: What I Learned Coaching Women's Softball

PIF MAGAZINE

Looking Back

NY TIMES OPINIONATOR

With a Little Help From My Friends

DUCTS

Autograph

In the PRESS

Articles ABOUT Charles

Article: The Detective In Search of Himself By Nancy Bilyeau

https://www.thebigthrill.org/2017/02/up-close-charles-salzberg/

Article: Getting Into Characters’ Minds by Wendy Tyson

http://www.thebigthrill.org/2018/03/up-close-charles-salzberg-by-wendy-tyson/

 

Q&A Interviews with Charles

Q&A: The Big Thrill “Seeking Insight from the Universe”

https://www.thebigthrill.org/2019/05/up-close-charles-salzberg-2/

Q&A: Mystery Tribune 

https://www.mysterytribune.com/in-conversation-with-charles-salzberg-author-of-second-story-man/

Q&A: Toe Six Press by Sandra Ruttan

 https://toesixpress.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/author-snapshot-charles-salzberg/

Q&A: PIF Magazine

https://www.pifmagazine.com/2009/07/charles-salzberg/

Q&A: Criminal Element 

https://www.criminalelement.com/qa-charles-salzberg-author-second-story-man/

Q&A: Cosy Up with Kathy

https://cozyupwithkathy.blogspot.com/2019/05/swanns-down-interview-giveaway.html

 

REVIEWS of Charles Books

Review: Swann’s Down by John Valeri

https://www.criminalelement.com/book-review-swanns-down-charles-salzberg/

Review: The Art of the Personal Essay seminar by Hyacinth Persad

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2012/12/17/art-personal-essay-charles-salzberg

Review of Second Story Man by Patricia Skalka

https://booksinbrief.net/2018/05/03/second-story-man-by-charles-salzberg/

Review: Second Story Man by Crime HQ 

https://www.criminalelement.com/review-second-story-man-by-charles-salzberg/

Review: Swann’s Downby Vicki Weisfeld

https://crimefictionlover.com/2019/07/swanns-down/

Review: Second Story Man by Fran Lewis JUST REVIEWS

https://tillie49.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/five-golden-stars-for-second-story-man-charles-salzberg/

REVIEW: Second Story Man by Patrick H. Moore

https://allthingscrimeblog.com/2018/03/29/cant-miss-crime-fiction-second-story-man-by-charles-salzberg/

Review: Swann’s Way Out by Philip Rafferty

https://crimefictionlover.com/2017/03/swanns-way-out/

 

CHARLES’ REVIEWS of OTHERS BOOKS

The BIG THRILL BOOK REVIEWS

Reviews of Death on the Family

http://www.thebigthrill.org/2020/02/death-in-the-family-by-tessa-wegert/

Review of Death Waits in the Dark by Mark Edward Langley

 https://www.thebigthrill.org/?p=63384

Review of Saving Grace 

https://www.thebigthrill.org/2018/01/saving-grace-by-simon-wood/

Review of An Excuse for Murder

http://www.thebigthrill.org/2019/05/an-excuse-for-murder-by-vanessa-westermann/

Review of 

http://www.thebigthrill.org/2019/10/let-it-snow-by-nigel-bird/

Review of 

https://www.thebigthrill.org/2019/07/the-string-by-caleb-breakey/

Review of 

https://www.thebigthrill.org/2018/12/the-night-agent-by-matthew-quirk/

Review of 

https://www.thebigthrill.org/2020/07/death-waits-in-the-dark-by-mark-edward-langley/

In the PRESS

 

The MEDIA ROOM

Short Films Adapted from "Swann Dives In"

interactive audio from Swann's Last Song

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buttons to hear the

hell that my life 

has become lately 

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