Charlie studied at Yale University (American Studies) and the University of Massachusetts, where he received a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology and Resource Management. He then went to sea as a commercial fisherman off New England, fishing for cod, haddock, lobster, red crab, squid, and swordfish. Active in the fight for the 200-mile Fisheries Conservation Zone, he later worked as a consultant for Fishery Management Councils, developing fishery management plans and then engaging in gear development projects to develop more selective fisheries. He spent 28 years working for seaports (New York, Seattle, and Bellingham) as a project and construction manager and later as an executive, including habitat cleanup projects and working with Puget Sound Tribes to reduce tribal fishing conflicts. Then, nearly ancient, he returned to sea, shipping out with the Sailor’s Union of the Pacific as an Ordinary Seaman, Able Bodied Seaman, and Bosun. Starting with commercial container vessels, on the New York to Singapore run, he finished his career aboard naval ships for Military Sealift Command. His last gig was as bosun aboard USNS Shughart, New Orleans to New York, in 2016, in his 70th year. Always a writer, he published Fat Chance with Felony and Mayhem Press in 2005. He began working on ideas for Strong Heart long, long ago and began serious research in 2010. These days he hikes in the Olympics whenever he can, cooks for his wife, and continues to write tales in Ballard, Washington.
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you actually went to sea again??? Are you nuts!!
Best thing I ever did.
Ahoy Charlie, Dean Builter and I will be in Florida aboard my 46 Grand Banks trawler to recall our old sword fishing days. I couldn’t ring the salt out of my socks, and after signing off with Sten, continued making my living by the sea. Just retired after 38 years as a yacht broker, now living in Delray Beach. I just read your biography, and was really pleased to hear you still have such passion for our “Mother Ocean”. Hope to somehow reconnect in the future for a yarn or two. Best, Steve “Wolf” Conroy
Hey Steve great to hear from you.
Great stuff Charlie
Hi Charlie! As a fellow author, I am interested not only in reading your books but also in hearing about your experience with Online Book Club. Congrats on what you’ve accomplished! I hope to connect with you soon. ~Donna