Charlotte Henley Babb
Writing healing fiction that makes people laugh
while they are changing their lives.
Favorite Quote: “Anything work doing is worth overdoing. Are you overdone yet?”
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.
When my teacher let me into the fiction room at the school library, I discovered Louisa Alcott and Robert Heinlein, an odd marriage of the minds. These two authors, along with Sir Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and many others, have had the most influence on my desire to share my point of view with the world and to explore how the world might be made better.
Having spent my youth teaching English in high schools and junior colleges, I have had a few publications, most recently two SF story cycles of six pieces in a collection Port Nowhere. I won an Eppie for my poems in an anthology for Children, The Thing in the Tub. My other credits include “Fairy Frogmother at Les Bonnes Fees, two short stories at SteelCaves.com, an article in Circle Sanctuary, magazine, and a meditation in the Upper Room. I am an ezine articles expert, and I am listed with the Southern Artist registry.
Moving beyond the first half century of my life, I working on the second fantasy novel about Maven, Fairy Godmother, which will soon be published. I’m always looking for new or old fairy tales to twist–and some of theolder ones are already pretty twisted. Disney tends not to do those. I have begun plotting a series of stories in a shared universe. I want to explore the clashes in societies between an engineered society and a lawless anarchy.
I bring to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, and telephone psychic. At the moment I am truty Charlotte’s Web, with a day job of creating a web presence with writing and graphics for Sherman College of Chiropractic. It’s a dream job among positive people who support wellness and health–and free chiropractic care.
I have finished grad school online, a new MA in Humanities: Mythology & Education at Pacifica Graduate Institute, which required semi-annual trips to California, giving me more perspective on my Southern heritage. I met and worked with a dozen of the most wonderful women–and Barry–that I have ever met. GO JAGS!.
I study mythology and psychology to deepen my work with themes from ancient sources. They don’t even laugh at my drawl…at least not more than once. And no, the hat is a prop…but I loved doing the glamour shot thing.
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!