Charles Harvey


Charles W. Harvey is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Houston. He has studied fiction under the guidance of Rosellen Brown and Chitra Divakaruni at U of H. He has studied poetry under Joyce James and Cynthia MacDonald. In 1987, Charles was a 1st place prize recipient of PEN/Discovery for Cheeseburger, which went on to be published in the Ontario Review. In 1989 Charles Harvey was awarded the Cultural Arts Council of Houston Grant for Writers and Artists. Also in 1989 he was a finalist in the MacDonald's Literary Achievement Awards. Charles has been published in Soulfires, Story Magazine SHADE, High Infidelity, The James White Review, and others. He is the author of the novels The Butterfly Killer and The Road to Astroworld. He is also the author of several story and poetry collections. He is happy to be a part of Wes Writers and Publishers.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I think growing up in the south is a huge influence for me. Houston may be metropolitan in some ways, but it's not that far from Louisiana or Mississippi. So it's definitely the south in my opinion. I think southerners have a lot of stories to tell. Black and white southerners have their stories about race and about people in general. My Mother and Grandmother had lots of stories to tell about Mississippi where they grew up.
Houston being metropolitan also had a very predominant inner city especially in the 60's and 70's. Carl Hampton was a Black Panther party leader killed in Houston. That energy framed my teen writing in those days when I wrote poetry. I think I was trying to write about the conditions of "my people."
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in seventh grade. I wrote a poem about the moon landing. Being an only child forced me to have an active imagination. My mother and I made up stories about people in our neighborhood. We even gave them names such as "Hot Shot" "Dipsy Doo" "Drunko" "Muleface" "Dotted Cap" The names reflected something about their personality, "Drunko" or an article of clothing they wore all the time, "Dotted Cap." Sometimes we drew crude cartoons. They were crude because neither of us could draw a straight line.
When I was in 12th grade I wrote a little skit for an English assignment. The teacher fell in love with it. She thought I had some kind of talent.
I did well in my English and literature classes in college, but really didn't know much about how to "become" a writer. So I studied business. My goal then was to earn a lot of money, retire early, and become a writer. While in college, I didn't write a thing except term papers for class. Too much outside work keeps one from being a writer. That's why many of us hate having to have a day job.
After I finished college I found a job working three days a week as a Computer Operator. I enjoyed having the days off. I realized I was kind of bored. So I thought about going back to school for some classes. I thought about taking some classes in computer programming to increase my knowledge in that area. However at the same time I wanted to write. I had a novel in me. But I had no idea about the mechanics of writing. I read a lot. But I wasn't sure about the mechanics of things quotation marks and some other things. So I had a choice: Take some course in COBOL programming or take this Creative writing course. There was a scheduling conflict, so I had to choose one or the other. I chose the creative writing course.
The teacher Rosellen Brown fell in love with my work and was very encouraging. The course and being around a creative environment released a well of creativity in me from the mid to late 80's. I wrote poems at the drop of a hat. Penned several plays that actually got produced: "The Lifeline" and "The Ladies and the Iron Ball"
I also won a very important prize which I will talk about later.
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Maura and Her Two Husbands
Price: Free! Words: 50,540. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » General
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The Literary meets the Erotic In this novel, Maura and Sidney are a young career couple going through the motions of being in love. As they climb the corporate ladder, their marriage is comfortable, but lacks excitement, until the day Maura comes home early and catches Sidney having sex with another man. Maura's reaction will surprise you when her emotions pull her into a very unusual arrangement.
Boy 4 Higher
Series: Gay and Lesbian · Wes Writers and Publishers. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,190. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Raw and Compelling. Antoine Rucker is a young twenty-something up and coming Black IT Executive for a major insurance company in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. On weekend nights, he's a street hustler turning tricks near the infamous Bulldogs Bar. Lust, blackmail, and secrets--it's all here in this compelling novel by Charles W. Harvey Author of When Dogs Bark and many other stories.
Urban Tales
Series: Urban Stories · Short Reads · Wes Writers and Publishers. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,740. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Urban Tales is about us, at least some of us. They are about us being funny and about us loving, lusting, and sexing. Only us could have "Dozens" players in our Christmas story. Only us know how to tip over on the downlow. These stories are streetwise, but yet will make you think. And we know we love a bargain. They're cheap, but won't shortchange you.
The Butterfly Killer - A Novel
Series: Butterfly Killer, Book 2 · Wes Writers and Publishers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,320. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Elliot Cross is the Butterfly Killer. In his mind's view, God has called him to enforce the first commandment--"...No other Gods before me." Elliot's victims are anyone who's put their dreams and aspirations ahead of a very jealous God. The Butterfly Killer is profane, ruthless, ugly, and sad. The cop on his trail has a peculiar habit that lands him behind bars.
Minister Q
Series: Urban Stories · Short Reads · Wes Writers and Publishers. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,780. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2013 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
Romance and sorrow are the woes of many hearts. This is a tale of unrequited lust and longing. The young Minister Q lives a secret life. Sister Gloria is secretly in love with him. All of these secrets are exposed in the end in shameful scandal.
Betty's House
Series: Urban Stories · Buck Wile Stories · Wes Writers and Publishers. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Betty is a take-charge woman with a weakness for men down in their luck. Her men soon prove themselves to be unfaithful and suffer Betty's wrath. Her latest nameless lover is no different. Betty and her whip send him on his merry way.

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