Charles Harvey

Biography

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.
Read more of this interview.

Books

Boy 4 Higher
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Series: Gay and Lesbian. Pre-release—available October 1, 2014. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,110. Language: English. Published 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.
No Satisfaction
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Series: Gay and Lesbian. Price: Free! Words: 900. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2014 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
Edgar, an aging transvestite can't find any satisfaction. A poem about the dichotomy of possession, love, and hate that sometimes afflicts and confounds all men. A deep poem that requires much of the reader to go between the lines.
We Are Here
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Series: Gay and Lesbian. Price: Free! Words: 950. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2014 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
We Are Here, is meant to celebrate all that is good and truthful about the lives of gay men and women. We hope this poem serves as an anthem and beacon of hope. Marriage may be here or on the horizon for many, but there is still a long ways to go in terms of acceptance. Enjoy, recite, and share.
Urban Tales
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Series: Urban Stories · Short Reads. 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.
Minister Q
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Series: Urban Stories · Short Reads. 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.
Odd Voices...In Love
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Series: Gay and Lesbian · Urban Stories. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 40,310. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2013 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Odd Voices in Love is a collection of stories about love from award winning author, Charles W. Harvey. These "love" stories are not your usual romantic fare. There’s no savior on a white horse coming to rescue any damsel. There's not a lot of swooning or romantic walks along the beach.
The Power Plant
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Series: Gay and Lesbian · Short Reads. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A young man’s coming of age story in the 80’s. Innocent and sweet with menacing undertones. In the Power Plant our protagonist works in his University’s Power Plant typing and running errands. He’s nineteen and trying to navigate his way through his yearning for men at the plant while at the same time feeling he should be with women.
Christmas In The Bottoms
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Series: Urban Stories · Buck Wile Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,130. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
Christmas in the Bottoms--you’ll laugh like the Dickens. A very soulful and satirical version of the classic: A Christmas Carol. Narrated and commentated by a pair of jive talking "Dozens" Players named Madd and Dog2020 aka Maddog2020. It's a bit of fantasy and a bit macabre. Scrooge is the miser Ebenezer Jenkins who owns Glad Wrappings Funeral Home and BBQ joint. What's Cooking you may ask.
The Butterfly Killer -- The Short Story
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Series: Butterfly Killer, Book 1 · Short Reads. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2012 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
(5.00 from 1 review)
Elliot Cross is the Butterfly Killer. He targets anyone with dreams and aspirations. In this short story we see his cunning ways. He stops at nothing to gain his victims confidence. If you have a dream,he's ready to make sure you don't live to achieve it.
The Smoke Detector
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Series: Gay and Lesbian. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,800. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
From the Author of the Popular "Roommates" comes the Smoke Detector. Violating the fire code in your condo can lead to some serious "punishment" from the Fireman. Steaks aren't the only thing cooking. Originally appeared in the 2008 anthology Backdraft--Fireman Erotica.
The Thing
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Series: Short Reads. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,250. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2012 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The absurd and the macabre come together in this collection of short fiction and microfiction. The THING, The Wrappings, Happy, and Charity give us satire, fantasy, and a taste of the future. Thomas Jefferson Roosevelt embodies all three in the Wrappings. However don't forget Gusta's ulcerated leg that earns him no charity. The voice and vision of the Author Charles Harvey knows no bounds.
Black Queen
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Series: Gay and Lesbian. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,460. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
The truth can sizzle and it might offend. Especially when the tale teller is throwing it right in your face. Someone said gay men live in a state of perpetual adolescence. But don't be offended. It's not about you. It's about Cleon or your best friend. So tap your bestie on the shoulder and say, here's a story about you. And of course the truth must include sex.
Americana
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Series: Poetry Books. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,150. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2012 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
A short collection of poems from Charles W Harvey. This collection captures the spirit of the 1960's and takes us through the 1990's. They are terse, funny, and bluesy. But most important the voice is real.
Bark Too
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Series: Poetry Books · Gay and Lesbian. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,160. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
A collection of poetry by award winning author Charles W Harvey. Reissued from the popular When Dogs Bark. These poems tell the unvarnished truth. They are not about daffodils or a walk in the park. They speak of the grittiness of love and touch the underbelly. A few might have you rushing to the refrigerator for your favorite cucumber.
When Dogs Bark The Short Story
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Series: Gay and Lesbian · Short Reads. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,710. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2012 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
When Dogs Bark, The Short Story has been reissued by WES Writing. They say a cat has nine lives, but this dog has been everywhere and everything but dead. It made its debute in 1995 in Story Magazine. Soulfires picked it up in 1996 as well as the iconic and awe inspiring anthology SHADE.
Betty's House
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Series: Urban Stories · Buck Wile Stories. 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.
The Blue Train To Heaven
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Series: Short Reads. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,010. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2011 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This short story by Harvey captures the enigmatic relationship of two brothers from Ghana. Listen in as Elijah tells his story to a Reporter who has come for a story on an elaborate burial coffin. Humor, irony, and bitterness all intermingled in this short piece. The people of Ghana are known for their elaborate coffins. Check it out on Google as you read The Blue Train to Heaven. Bonus Story
Othello Jones
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Series: Gay and Lesbian · Urban Stories · Short Reads. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2011 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A short short. Formerly titled The Handshake... Ex-student and teacher meet by chance in a shopping mall. Things start off bad when the student refuses to give the teacher a hug. Inspired by Edward Albee's Zoo Story, the pupil's words are more potent than fists. He jabs and punches until his words drive the teacher to the brink of murdering him. The conversation is poetic, raw, and brittle.
Red Underwear
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Series: Short Reads. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,120. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2011 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Red Underwear is the story of a single man's quest for love before Internet and cellphones were in vogue. Henry a lonely writer has just won a writing prize. He decides to place a personal ad in the local paper to find a woman to help him celebrate his good fortune. Ruth calls Henry after finding his ad when she cleaned out her cat's litter box. Henry gets a lot more than he bargained for.
My Manhood...Is Very Important to Me
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Series: Gay and Lesbian · Urban Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011 by Wes Writers & Publishers. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
A short but potent story of a young man on the "downlow" about his sexuality. Avery pours his heart out about his love for his "boy" Skate to Andrea who he prefers to call "Dre" to help the illusion. Very intense and raw at times. Includes the short "Roommate's Panties" from the book Roommates and Sis Clarabell.

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