Charles Carlson with his Mother, Sisters and dashing writer‘s cape.

Charles Carlson with his Mother, Sisters and dashing writer‘s cape.

 Charles Carlson — Born to Write

Charles spent his childhood growing up in Buffalo, New York, part of a large, mostly German family clan. Much of his writing and world view stems from the morals, life lessons and no-nonsense midwest sensibility he learned as a child. With many friends and family in the Buffalo area, Charles still thinks of Buffalo as “home.” 

Charles has always been success-driven, achieving honors in high school and college, being named a multi-sport captain in in high school, receiving the Headmaster‘s award: a personalized copy of the psychiatrist Rollo May‘s The Courage to Create. Charles graduated from Skidmore college, still not sure if he wanted to be a painter, actor or writer, but knowing that indeed, his life would be spent following a path that would call for the courage to create, however difficult that might be.

Like many writers, he has supported himself with a number of jobs throughout the years, from steel mill worker to bartender to landscaper to yacht captain.

Charles is a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor, a father, a loving partner, a son, a brother, a proud dog owner, a Zen Buddhist and, hopefully, a good friend, not necessarily in that order.

Charles‘ commuter vehicle.

Charles‘ commuter vehicle.

He currently lives on a 1970, 45-foot motor yacht that he is restoring to her former glory, which doubles as a writer‘s version of a man cave, or perhaps a Zen sailor‘s version of a monk's mountain hut. An outdoorsman at heart, when not at his desk writing Charles finds time to sail, ski, mountain climb and go to the beach.