Charles was born in New York City where he attended an arts and music high school in Manhattan, and later, Columbia University and The New School for Social Research. A former United States Marine, Charles was, before turning to writing full time, an advertising agency creative director. His career, aside from his start in on Madison Avenue, eventually took him to Boston, London, Paris, Milan, and San Francisco. He is the recipient many advertising awards including the prestigious Clio. His books include “4-F Blues: A Novel of World War ll Hollywood,” winner of the PEN Award, and the humorous “I’ll Get Right Back to You and Other Annoyances.: All the Things that Can Screw Up Your Day.” Charles’ most successful book to date is the nonfiction “Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Children” which has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. A frequent radio and television guest, he has had interviews on all the major television stations in the USA as well as England where he has been featured on the BBC many times. In connection with his work as president of the Inner Light Foundation, he is often invited on radio call-in shows as a noted dream interpreter and numerologist. “Leaning on Thin Air” Charles’ newest book has, according to Kirkus Review, the intrigue and character of classic noir. It’s corporate insanity of the highest order. The father of three sons, Charles, a former resident of London and Cambridge, England, lives in Sonoma County, California.