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Writer-in-Residence Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts

February 2015  – Starting in March, Charlie will again be writer-in-residence at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts south of Mobile Alabama on the gulf. During  last year’s visit he worked on his upcoming novel DEAD INVESTIGATION, a sequel to his first book, DEAD CONNECTION. Farrar Strous and Giroux is publishing this sequel  in August at the same time the paperback of his fifth book, DEAD GIRL MOON, will be released.

The Center for the Writing Arts cottage is a great place to start a new book and the people of Fairhope are particularly open and interesting and talented — an altogether amazing community. Charlie has started an informal writing group and is currently brain-flossing, writing short stories, prior to beginning a brand new novel.

He is also collaborating with local artist/painter Chris Knight in a “spontaneous inspiration” experiment. Over a month ago he and Chris were talking about the similarities of inspirational experience between artists, musicians, writers, scientists, engineers, probably everyone from time to time. As a result they decided to go outside to different locations and, once there, work simultaneously for an hour with the same vista of inspiration.

Chris would paint what was in front of him and Charlie would write a short-short story the area evokes. Afterward, they would rehash, see what transpired — what caught their separate fancies — look for the similarities and differences in their processes.

So far it has been gratifying and very challenging. They’re proceeding for the pure educative and expressive pleasure of it. Yesterday they were working in a Fairhope alley.


Farrar Straus & Giroux has purchased DEAD INVESTIGATION for release in 2015.

This is the sequel of the earlier novel DEAD CONNECTION

    DeadConnection   Screen Shot

(Starred Review: Publisher’s Weekly; Best Book Young Adult) about a reluctantly clairvoyant boy who is so alienated, he secludes himself in a cemetery and so lonely he talks to the headstones.
In the new novel DEAD INVESTIGATION the boy becomes tangled in an “un-cleared” murder investigation involving missing homeless people.


The downtown signings and talk on Cultivating Inspiration went well. After those, I had an opportunity to speak with several classes at Fairhope High.

Fairhope School Visit

Thursday,  April 24th,   4:30 at the Fairhope Public Library.
I’ll have a followup meeting with students particularly interested in growing their creative            writing skills. Looking forward to it!



Appearances – Fairhope Alabama

March 15th, 1 – 3 p.m. I’ll be signing books at the Page & Palette Bookstore, 32 S Section St, in Fairhope, Alabama.

March 27th, 6 – 8 p.m. I’ll be speaking at the community Writer-In-Residence Fundraiser, Fairhope Public Library. Topic: How We Cultivate Inspiration.

April 4th, 6 – 8 p.m. I’ll be back to the Page and Palette for another signing.

Writer-in-Residence: Fairhope or Bust

Charlie and his wife, artist Joan Pechanec, are traveling to Fairhope, Alabama, a utopian community on Mobile Bay, where he is honored and grateful to be the city’s next writer-in-residence. Fairhope has a rich and varied tradition of elegant artistry and craftsmanship. Creators in every field are proud to make this beautiful city home.

High Plains Award Finalist

Dead Girl Moon was selected as a finalist for the 2013 High Plains YA Book Award.  in October at Parmly Billings LIbrary in Billings Montana.

Charlie especially appreciated the gracious hospitality of the High Plains Committee, the savoir faire of Corby Skinner, the thought-provoking NPR interview with Missoula’s Chérie Newman for The Write Question radio show scheduled to be aired January 30th, 2014.

Having gone through high school in Billings it was great to return in late fall to friends, fishing, and a liberal dose of snow.