Having big feet, gray hair, a mischievous twinkle in her eye, Charlotte Henley Babb loves fractured fairy tales.
She began writing when she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name--although she sometimes mistook "Chocolate" for "Charlotte" on the sign at the drug store ice cream counter. Growing up in the red mud and sweet tea Carolinas, she played with the fairies in the woods and the aliens in the back yard.
When her third-grade teacher allowed her access to the fiction room at the school library, Charlotte discovered Louisa Alcott and Robert Heinlein, an odd marriage of the minds. These two authors have had the most influence on her desire to share her point of view with the world and to explore how the world might be made better. Her favorite authors now include Sir Terry Pratchett, Robert Aspirin, and Esther Friesner.
She has taught English in high school and junior college, written procedure manuals, and edited writing association newsletters. Her presentations at education and writing conferences on using the Internet, blogging, using social media, and writing science fiction have been well-received.
Her first novel, Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil, was published in 2012 and received an honorable mention in the 2014 National Federation of Press Women communications contest for adult novels.
She brings to any project a number of experiences: technical writer, gasket inspector, waitstaff, fabric and craft retail associate, craft artificer, secret weapon, and telephone psychic.
Currently working as a web designer, social networks manager, and online writing instructor, she writes fractured fairy tales, steampunk, and Southern fiction for people who have survived love's last kiss.
She has studied the folk stories of many cultures and wonders what happened to ours.
Where the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child-rearing, post-gradaute education, bankruptcy, empty nest, and widowhood?
Charlotte Henley Babb writes them.