|OFFICIAL SITE OF CHARLIE STEEL AUTHOR
COMMENTS BY CHARLIE:
Like a giant condor soaring high in the air, a good story should give the same thrill and feeling of
exuberance. MY ONE GREAT DESIRE IS THAT ALL OF MY STORIES BE UPLIFTING TO THE
I suppose all writers have their own unique experiences that cause them to become authors.
What contributed to my love of the written word and the western genre, was the small hidden
library belonging to my father. In it were the books that were in part compiled when my father
courted my mother and he gave her gifts of Zane Grey, James Oliver Curwood, Gene Stratton
Porter, Margaret Mitchell, and other such literature. At age seven, I opened that built-in
cupboard. I found inside the books' covers countless endearments inscribed by my father to
my mother. I then began reading those books, those gifts of love, and never stopped. Those
books transformed me. From that time of my childhood and into my adulthood, I never went
anywhere without a book.
Another influence to becoming a writer started at age five (it was a small town in the fifties). I
would walk down to the Saturday afternoon matinée. For a quarter, and then later for fifty
cents, I watched Hop-along Cassidy, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Randolph Scott, and so many
others on that large screen. For me there were four worlds in my childhood. One was the
world of a book, another was the world created on that screen on Saturday afternoons, the
third was the magic of forest and stream, and the fourth was real life.
Reality struck eventually. There were many jobs before, during, and after college. They ranged
from working in a grocery store starting at ten years of age, to construction worker, to salvage
diver, to oil field worker, and government work behind the Iron curtain---AND, more than twenty
other different occupations.
I began writing at age twenty and, while attending college, I completed many short stories, two
plays, and a novel. It took me eight years to finish my final degree. I worked for the
government and raised a family and from time to time continued to write. My closet shelves
filled with completed manuscripts, including many novels. Eventually, I left work and moved to
a large ranch out west. After thirty-five years my manuscripts fell into the hands of a publisher
who continues to edit and print that body of work.
Some men dream and never live, others live and
never dream. Charlie Steel put heart into
countless dreams and brought them to life just
as he has done with the people in his tales.
Charlie Steel has worked since early childhood
and has held jobs that young men admire and
old men envy. Steel has traveled widely, read
voraciously, and has obtained five university
degrees, including a Ph.D. He is the common
man; he is the eccentric man. Hunting, fishing
and the solitude of the outdoors are his great
loves. This solitude provides him with the
catalyst for many stories. Charlie Steel believes
that what one tries to accomplish in life is as
important as what one achieves.
writer, and mystery man
|Charlie reviews his
first published book.
|Sage and Charlie
(Sage of Double DJ Ranch)
|Plenty of time to write
(Gene Autry Museum jail)
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Charlie Steel short story:
WOLF CREEK: BOOK 10
O Deadly Night
Published by Western Fictioneers
Story - "Irish Christmas at Wolf Creek"
SIX-GUNS AND SLAY BELLS:
A Creepy Cowboy Christmas
Published by Western Fictioneers
Story - "Joshua's Voice"
(Publisher's Weekly review Nov. 2012))
ROPE AND WIRES WESTERN SHORT
STORIES Vol. 4
Published by Rope and Wire
Story - "You Big, Ugly, Stupid Pig"