Charles Tabb

Charles Tabb

Charles Tabb, whose interests have a wide range, writes in multiple genres. His literary novels and the Detective Pantera series in crime fiction are VERY different from each other in content and language. Charles retired from teaching to pursue his dream of writing. His family supported his decision, and a year later he published his first novel, Floating Twigs, while also publishing several short stories with various literary journals. He has won successive Golden Nib awards for fiction. In 2018 his crime story "As Luck Would Have It," which featured his fictional detective, Tony Pantera, won third place, and in 2019 the psychological thriller "The Thirteenth Painting" won first place. Now his fan base is growing, with readers from all over the world. Charles lives near Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, dogs, and computer. His wife enjoys tending to her thoroughbred horses, but Charles prefers their dogs. He was elected president of the Hanover Writers Club, a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, in March 2019. He is also a proud and active member of the Virginia Writers Club and James River Writers. Charles' desire to go out and do something with his life started at age three when his mother told him to wait in the car, which was parked in the driveway, for maybe a minute while she went inside to retrieve something she needed for the short jaunt into town. Once alone, Charles moved to the driver's seat and put the car in gear. The vehicle rolled down the driveway and was heading for the mailbox across the street when a neighbor mowing his lawn heard Charles' shouts for help (the car's windows were rolled up, mind you) and managed to hit the brake and put the car back in gear before tragedy struck. To this day, Charles can be loud enough to be heard in a crowded room if the need arises. Although he loves to travel, he prefers to be seated at his desktop writing novels and short stories. His second novel, Hell is Empty, is the first in a detective series. It debuted in the fall of 2019. The second novel in that series, The Purger was released on June 5, 2020. Charles' newest literary novel, Canaries' Song, was released in January 2021. His next novel, a sequel to Floating Twigs titled Finding Twigs, will be released sometime in late summer or early fall of 2021. He is also working on the next book in the Detective Tony Pantera series, The Whirligig of Time, a novel of revenge by a very clever killer. Charles is also available to speak to groups and book clubs on Zoom about his books and stories. He is also available to speak on the process of writing. In person appearances will resume once the pandemic is finally over. He also speaks to school groups about goal-setting and meeting those goals, using his writing career as an example. If you would like to contact him about speaking to a group, you can reach him through his website at, where a contact "button" is provided. Charles does not charge book clubs or other nonprofit organizations, such as schools and/or libraries, to appear through Zoom.
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