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Client Spotlight – Local Las Cruces Author George Pintar

Apr 26, 2021 | Blog

Our team recently launched a new website for local Las Cruces author, George Pintar to promote his latest written work including a recent novelette titled A New Peek at Old West Country.

While many have experienced a loss of motivation during the COVID-19 lockdowns this past year, George Pintar has made creative use of his time in quarantine. Within the last 12 months, George has written and self-published five short stories.

An inspired local author

A native Midwesterner, former grant writer, and educator, 89-year-old George Pintar is a firm believer that regardless of age, there is always time to take up a new hobby or career. The local author has found inspiration in New Mexico’s landscape and rich history for several of his fictional pursuits.

“I love to paint word pictures of the things I see in life,” said George. “The pandemic has allowed me to reflect on what makes New Mexico’s history, culture, and economy tick.”

The local author’s most popular works center around a curious character named Chile Charlie. The character is a midwest transplant to the Land of Enchantment and a fictitious stand-in for George Pintar himself.

George Pintar’s novelettes

Some of George Pintar’s most popular stories follow Chile Charlie on his many adventures exploring the southwest. In addition to the five short novels that George has written in the last 12 months, at least two more books are on the way. George’s novelettes capture various elements of New Mexico’s rich history with a twist. From solving a murder that took place over 170 years ago in the small town of Madrid to interviewing new characters about the history, culture, and economy of New Mexico’s old west country, George’s Chile Charlie never fails to incorporate his own interpretations (and some entertaining tall tales) along the way.

“Chile Charlie may be fictional, but author George Pintar makes him come alive as a great storyteller,” said Illinois resident Dr. Janice Alexander. “George’s knowledge of the state of New Mexico is terrific. He provides historical, cultural, and economic facts about New Mexico that are very understandable.”

The journeys of George Pintar’s alter ego have attracted readers not only interested in Chile Charlie’s next big adventure, but George’s inspiring story as an emerging local author as well. At 89 years of age, George’s drive to pursue a new career as a short story writer has never been more prominent. With a vibrant imagination and passion for fictional tales, there is no sign that George plans on slowing down any time soon.

The Las Cruces Writer’s Group

In addition to publishing his own work, George leads a local writer’s group where Las Cruces authors and writers are welcome to learn, encourage, and share work with each other. Contributors to the Las Cruces Writers’ Group also join Zoom meetings hosted by George himself every second Thursday of the month to discuss personal story ideas and upcoming projects.

For more information about George Pintar, visit, and check out our latest press release sharing George’s incredible story in the Las Cruces Sun News.


A New Peek at Old West Country 
George Pintar Bookstore
Las Cruces Writers’ Group
George Pintar Books
Las Cruces Sun News

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