Biography

Charlie Price HeadshotCharlie Price graduated from Stanford in the late 60’s and has lived in Italy, New York City, Oakland, and Mexico before settling in Northern California. His thirty-five years of experience working with adolescents ranges from teaching in street schools in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, to group therapist on locked psychiatric units, to Academic Dean in therapeutic boarding schools.

Charlie published his first book, Dead Connection, with Roaring Brook Press in 2006. His subsequent books have been published with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Roaring Brook’s sister printer in the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, based in the famed Flatiron Building in New York City.

His books have received excellent reviews and several recommendations from the American Library Association. In 2011, his third book, The Interrogation of Gabriel James, was awarded the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. His next book, Desert Angel, was optioned by a major TV and film company. Charlie is published by Random House in the United Kingdom and Thierry Magnier in France.

In the past few years Charlie Price has appeared at the Record Searchlight Book Club Series, the Tehama Literary Festival, several writers’ forums, a number of Northern California schools, and book signings. He has also been a judge for teen-writing contests like San Francisco’s Teen LitQuake. Charlie has lectured at New York’s New School Forum on Writing for Children, has given SCBWI workshops in Asilomar and Northern California, and has delivered the Keynote address on “Cultivating Inspiration” at  SCBWI’s 2019 “Knack for Craft” Conference.

In addition to writing, Charlie has a parallel career working at the local and national level as a leadership consultant, executive coach, and management trainer. More information can be found by visiting our Coaching and Consulting page or by contacting Charlie Price directly.

Charlie has been delightfully married to psychotherapist/artist Joan Pechanec for forty-three years and has a married daughter, Jessica Rose, living in Portland. In spite of abundant flaws, he’s a decent guitar player and fly-fisherman who wakes each day intending to be appreciative and grateful.