Arthur Salm

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Arthur Salm is a former newspaper columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune who now writes books full time.

Photograph by Jeffrey Lamont Brown

Books by this Author

Reinventing yourself takes humor, heart, and a TON of footnotes!

Max is a good kid—but you wouldn’t know that if you met him at the boring family camp his parents dragged him to over the summer. There, for a few exciting weeks, Max reinvents himself as “Mad Max” and gains a bad-boy reputation for being daring, cool, and fearless.

But when Max returns home, he finds it’s easier to be fearless with strangers than it is among friends, and he is not particularly proud of the way...

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "It doesn't matter how long you put it off as long as you get it done on time."

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Mark Twain. I'd say, "Are you free for dinner?" Then we'd talk for five hours. Or rather, I'd try to get HIM to talk for five hours. I'd be as interested in the way he talked as in what he said, because somehow, when he wrote, he made it timeless -- so much of it sounds like it could have been written yesterday, when he actually wrote it more than 100 years ago.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Tennis player. You've probably figured that out by now.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Being exactly where I want to be, doing exactly what I want to be doing, with exactly the people I want to be with. Right now, for example, I'm perfectly happy because I'm writing something (this!), my cat is on my lap (instead of on the keyboard), and my dog is lying next to me (and not snoring). But in order to be perfectly happy in about half an hour I'll have to be eating lunch.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Playing in the men's finals at Wimbledon.