Paul Chutkow


The Writing Life


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I wrote my first book when I was 7. 

It was summer time, and I can still remember sitting out in our backyard, our dog at my feet, and I wrote and wrote and wrote. I was doing my own personal biography of Babe Ruth, and I must have filled a dozen of those flimsy blue notebooks, the kind we used in school to take tests or practice our handwriting. To my young eyes, Babe Ruth was a giant, a man who had the skills, the passion, the determination, and the spirit to break free, to transcend all the usual standards of excellence and to place himself, forever more, among “The Best of The Best.”

Yes, even then I loved writing about unique, inspiring figures like The Babe, and in one form or another, in America, Paris, India and beyond, I’ve been at it ever since. I’ve written for major publications and publishing houses, and I have been able to touch readers in many different parts of the world. In recent years, though, nothing has given me greater satisfaction than helping other writers find their voice and learn how to master the art of writing effective and compelling articles and books.

To take this process further, in 2005 I created my own publishing house, Val de Grace Books, to work with other writers, photographers and designers to create books of unique beauty and significance. And then in 2011 we created Silverado Books, to help new fiction writers get their novels into print and into the hands of eagerly awaiting readers. The Writing Life is never easy, but as you will see in the coming pages, mine has been a fabulous adventure, filled with encounters with fascinating, uplifting men and women, and the deepest sorts of satisfaction. 

Through this site, I want to share the joy I feel and encourage other writers to look deep and find their own wellsprings of inspiration. Enjoy! 


“Zelda, The Queen of Paris,”
 my personal memoir and dog story, with drawings from the inimitable pen of 
Jean-Claude Suares.

Paul with Charlie, his beloved Springer Spaniel. Photo by Christophe Genty