The Edmond Sun

September 4, 2012

Author Sasser to speak at Pen & Keyboard Writers meeting


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Adventurer and author Charles W. Sasser will be the guest speaker at the Sept. 8 Pen and Keyboard Writers meeting. The group meets at the Mardel conference room, 33rd Street and Boulevard, from 10 a.m. until noon.

Sasser has been a full-time freelance writer/journalist/photographer since 1979. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Navy (journalist) and U.S. Army (Special Forces, the Green Berets), a combat veteran and former combat correspondent wounded in action.

He also served 14 years as a police officer (in Miami, Fla., and in Tulsa, where he was a homicide detective). He has taught at universities, lectured nationwide, and traveled extensively throughout the world. He has published more than 3,000 articles and short stories in magazines ranging from Guideposts, Parents and Christian Life to Soldier of Fortune, True West, and Writer’s Digest. He is author, co-author or contributing author of more than 50 books and novels.

As an adventurer, Sasser has, at various times:

• Solo-canoed across the Yukon;

• Sailed the Caribbean; Motorbiked across the continent;

• Rode camels in the Egyptian desert;

• Floated the Amazon River;

• Dived for pirate treasure;

• Rode horses across Alaska;

• Motorcycled Europe;

• Climbed Mount Rainier;

• Ran with the bulls in Spain;

• Chased wild mustangs…

He has been a professional rodeo clown and bronc rider; professional kickboxer; sky diver and SCUBA diver; college professor; newspaperman; and archaeologist/anthropologist.

Sasser now lives on a ranch in Chouteau with wife Donna where he is a writer, rancher and businessman who trains horses and team ropes. He also has a private pilot’s license and is an ultralite aircraft Certified Flight Instructor.

The topic of Sasser’s speech will be “The 5 Steps to Successful Writing.”