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Charna Michelle Ainsworth was born in Lumberton, Mississippi, on August 30, 1967, the second daughter of Charles Lee Burkhalter (b. July 1945) and Barbara Faye (Herrin) Burkhalter (b. July 1948). Her only sibling is Charlotte Faye Henley (b. May 1964). As a child, she lived in Dallas, Miami, and New Orleans, finally settling in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, at the age of eight. She lived in Hattiesburg through high school and after graduating from Oak Grove High School, she chose to travel.
After traveling for several years living in places such as Pensacola Beach, Florida, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Los Angeles, Calfornia, she moved back to her home state of Mississippi. While living in Hattiesburg, she wrote many award winning poems and began to write short stories.
After the death of her first son, Andrew (d. 1997), she began to explore different genres of writing. She continued her first love, poetry and began writing longer stories and screenplays. She wrote the first of her three novels, The Letter in 1999, over a period of six weeks. Within a year, she had a literary agent and her work was presented to major publishers.
She married in 2003 and became mom to a sweet boy, T.J., age 2 and Haley, a beautiful baby girl, seven months. Shortly after T.J's death (d. 2003) her beautiful daughter, Maria, was born in May 2004. During this time she wrote two collections of poetry and one children's book.
After leaving her first novel on the shelf for an extended period of time, she reread The Letter and knew it was time to have it published. Pushing aside all normal paths of publishing, she chose to self-publish through the median of e-books.
Charna Ainsworth is an avid reader, usually reading 2 to 4 books at one time. She attends church regularly with her young daughter, Maria. She contributes to a variety of local chairities in her community. She currently lives in Mississippi with her daughter.