Writing fiction that makes women laugh while they recreate their lives. See my books here. New stories now also available on Vella – new readers get 200 tokens free, and the first 3 episodes of all stories are free.
I began writing when I could hold a piece of chalk and scribble my name, although I sometimes mistook “Chocolate” for “Charlotte” on the sign at the drug store ice cream counter. If you can remember drug stores that sold ice cream by the cone, you know how old I am.
Access to the fiction room in third grade introduced me to Robert Heinlein and Lousia Mae Alcott, an odd marriage of the minds. These two authors, have had the most influence on my desire to share my point of view with the world. I had already read Black Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, and a good bit of King Arthur and Robin Hood.Terry Pratchett showed me how to explore how the world might be made better.
Having (mis)spent my youth teaching English in high schools and junior colleges, I have had a few publications, first two SF story cycles of six pieces in a space opera anthology Port Nowhere and now, my first novel, Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil. Maven won the 2014 Science Fiction and Fantasy Award from Sharp Writ Books and an honorable mention for Novels for Adults from the National Federation of Press Women.
I won an Eppie for my poems in an anthology for children, The Thing in the Tub. My other credits include an article in Circle Sanctuary magazine, and a meditation in the Upper Room. I collected stories from the Maven universe into Maven’s Fractured Fairy Tales, and PumpkinEater, which are available on Kindle, other ebook formats, and in paperback. A new Maven Universe book, Adventures of Silicon Jones, has recently been released.
Moving beyond the first half-century of my life, I have finished writing the sequel to Maven: Fairy Catmother. My steampunk novel, set in an alternate timeline for 19th-century North America, is 20 Hours to Charles Town. Author K.G. McAbee and I are collaborating on a cozy mystery series on the the Vella platform at Amazon.
Yes, I am experienced, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, and telephone psychic.
Nothing like finishing grad school with a shiny new MA in Humanities. Mythology required semi-annual trips to California, giving me perspective on my Southern heritage.
Mythology and psychology deepen my work with themes from ancient sources. Sharing perspectives with people from across the country gives me time to delve into the cultural notions that are as invisible to us as water is to fish!
Now to get back to writing…or making my next steampunk costume or painting watercolors or (ooops!) Netflixing.
Why Charlotte Henley Babb?
I added my maiden name back into my official name on my second marriage. When I was widowed, I kept it. I like being a “B” rather than an “H” or a “W”. According to the all-knowing Internet, there are about 20 Charlotte Henleys and Charlotte Babbs, there is only this one Charlotte Henley Babb.
Charlotte’s social media sites include:
- Amazon Author Page
- Facebook profile
- Goodreads Profile
- Linked In profile
- MUG Writers on the Writing Life
- Smashwords Interview
- YouTube Interview with Paula Cherie