– Bio –

Cliff Protzman

Cliff was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  Cliff’s family relocated to Northeast Ohio when he was in high school.  Immediately after graduation he returned to his hometown to attend the University of Pittsburgh.  Cliff planned to major in journalism and write the great American novel. Instead, he switched to Business Administration and began a 30-year career in accounting and finance.

Cliff rekindled his passion for writing acquired as a reporter for his school newspaper. He published his first novel, DEAD AIR: a Glenn Beckert Mystery in September 2017. Cliff also writes short stories. He was a winner in the Unfinished Chapters anthology in 2015. Cliff presents his original stories annually at the Celebrate Short Fiction Day.  He will be reading his story, Who Swiped Bobby Bucco Bear? at the 2017 event.

An avid baseball fan, Cliff had been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and various blogs discussing baseball and his beloved Pirates. He lives with his wife in Boardman, OH, the parents of six and grandparents of five. Cliff is a member of the Mystery Writers of America.

Cliff was motivated to write during a conversation at his brother’s funeral.  His brother was a writer of screenplays and Gothic novels.  Cliff’s daughter, a newspaper reporter and editor, commented, I know how to write but I have no stories.  Cliff responded, I have stories.  Storytelling is the essential art of writing.