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.
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 - 2 Nominations
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
New York Writers Workshop - Founding Member, Board of Directors
PrisonWrites - Board of Directors
Mystery Writers 0f America- NY - Board of Directors
On the BOOKSHELF
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
In the PRESS
Articles ABOUT Charles
Article: The Detective In Search of Himself By Nancy Bilyeau
Article: Getting Into Characters’ Minds by Wendy Tyson
Q&A Interviews with Charles
Q&A: The Big Thrill “Seeking Insight from the Universe”
Q&A: Mystery Tribune
Q&A: Toe Six Press by Sandra Ruttan
Q&A: PIF Magazine
Q&A: Criminal Element
Q&A: Cosy Up with Kathy
REVIEWS of Charles Books
Review: Swann’s Down by John Valeri
Review: The Art of the Personal Essay seminar by Hyacinth Persad
Review of Second Story Man by Patricia Skalka
Review: Second Story Man by Crime HQ
Review: Swann’s Downby Vicki Weisfeld
Review: Second Story Man by Fran Lewis JUST REVIEWS
REVIEW: Second Story Man by Patrick H. Moore
Review: Swann’s Way Out by Philip Rafferty
CHARLES’ REVIEWS of OTHERS BOOKS
The BIG THRILL BOOK REVIEWS
Reviews of Death on the Family
Review of Death Waits in the Dark by Mark Edward Langley
Review of Saving Grace
Review of An Excuse for Murder
In the PRESS
The MEDIA ROOM
Short Films Adapted from "Swann Dives In"
interactive audio from Swann's Last Song
Click on the play
buttons to hear the
hell that my life
has become lately