OFFICIAL SITE OF    CHARLIE STEEL    AUTHOR
TALE-WEAVER EXTRAORDINAIRE
ABOUT CHARLIE STEEL  

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
READER.  

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.

    Publisher,  CONDOR PUBLISHING, INC
Charlie Steel--cowboy,
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)
Member of the ReadWest Network
Member of WESTERN WRITERS of AMERICA, ZANE GREY'S WEST SOCIETY, and WESTERN FICTIONEERS
Everyone enjoys a western.

THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO OWN THE
BEST OF THE WEST
75 ACRES of SOUTHERN COLORADO LAND

for sale by CONDOR PUBLISHING, INC
Anthologies published a         
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"



Livin' On Jacks and Queens
Published by Piccadilly Publishing
Story - "Too Many Aces”


WOLF CREEK: BOOK 13
Massacre
Published by Western Fictioneers
Story - “Kelly O’Brian, Rancher”


MY DOG CAN DO MAGIC!
Published by Tornado Alley Publications
Story - "Ruff and the Boy Pup"


Memories from Maple Street, U.S.A.
The Best Christmas Ever
Published by Sundown Press
Story - “The Christmas Tree Hunt”
The discovery of gold in California launched a
stampede of fortune-seekers across the continent in
search of wealth. Willing to face any hardship – outlaws,
hostile Indians, bad weather, thirst, starvation, and the
horrors of disease – they battled fiercely to overcome
these challenges and seize their destiny. But sometimes
the treasures they found were not the ones they were
expecting . . .

THE FORTY-NINERS is the fifth novel in the exciting
West of the Big River series from the Western
Fictioneers. Charlie Steel's story of courage, romance,
and danger is based on historical incidents and vividly
illustrates a compelling chapter in American history,
recreating a lawless era that exemplifies both the best
and the worst in a vital young nation!
*Published by Western Fictioneers
YOUNG ADULT WESTERN:
Cornelius Kogelschitz is an orphan who lives in the
slums of New York City. One Sunday afternoon he
overhears his aunt complains about the added expense
of caring for the boy. Corny bundles up his few
possessions and leaves. He jumps onto a moving freight
train heading west. Now on his own, fourteen-year
old-Cornelius rides the rails and crosses the Mississippi
River into an unknown future.
*Published by Condor Publishing, Inc.
* Available Kindle or Nook

NEW RELEASES
FIRE CANOE FINNEGAN is historical fiction,
action, adventure, and romance at its finest. This
story gives a rare insight into the contribution
steamboats made to pioneers and army forts
along the Missouri River. Captain Glazer, of the
steamboat, The Dakota Dawn, hires Clint
Finnegan to become his second in command
and to learn to pilot the dangerous snag-filled
waters of the Missouri River. What Finnegan did
not expect on his very first trip was to have the
army payroll stolen and a beautiful woman
kidnapped. Risking his life, he chases after the
girl and the money, ultimately encountering angry
plains Indians protecting their hunting grounds.
Told from both the Sioux Indian point of view and
that of conquering whites who wanted the land at
all costs, this is a thrilling western tale. Filled with
strong characters, the reader will walk away
mesmerized with a well-researched and well-told
story.
*Available Kindle, Nook  or paperback
The release of FIRE CANOE FINNEGAN
is bitter-sweet.  Co-author, Denis J.
Harrington, did not get to see the
work completed.  He passed away July
2015.  
* Available paperback and Kindle
Denis J. Harrington
  (1932 - 2015)
Charlie Steel