Charlotte Henley Babb


Charlotte Henley Babb has been writing since she was four, making up stories about fairies in the back yard and aliens in the forest. She has studied the folk stories of many cultures and wonders what happened to ours.

She asks where the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child-raising, education, bankruptcy, and widowhood. She believes that the initiation of adolescence is only the first cut, not the deepest, and she continues to explore the second half of life for wisdom, thrills and the heck of it.

She has taught writing for Greenville Technical College and the University of Phoenix. She's exploring the realm of steampunk and creative artificing.

Apart from that, she hangs out in the Twilight Lounge, a nexus between the four dimensions of Faery, Mundane, Cyberspace and the HyperDrome.

Charlotte is the author of an adult fantasy novel, Maven Fairy Godmother, released March 2012, which won a Sharp Write Book award for Fantasy in 2014, and Best Novel for Adults in the South Carolina Media Women Communications Contest in 2014. She has several fantasy short stories collected in Maven's Fractured Fairy Tales and PumpkinEater, as well as southern fiction in Walking Off Heaven's Shore, Just a Smidgen of Magic, and In the Still Midwinter. She wrote several stories in Port Nowhere, a shared world science fiction anthology, and random stories and articles. She presented "Fairy Tales and the Industrial Revolution" at Upstate Steampunk Con 2011, and has appeared on panel discussions at Dragon*Con 2011, ConCarolinas 2012 and 2015, Fairie Escape Atlanta 2012, and LibertyCon 2012. She presented at ConJuration in Atlanta in 2015. She has also presented at the Southeastern Writers Association annual conference.

She loves fractured fairy tales for grownups and writes them for your enjoyment. Never miss a new release. Sign up for her mailing list at

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first one I remember was about a family of cardinals. I wrote it in second grade and drew a picture to illustrate it. I don't remember what happened, only that my teacher was very surprised that I wrote a story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't really remember learning to read, and I do remember enjoying Dr. Seuss's Bartholomew Cubbins and the Oobleck. The first story that really had an impact on me was Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, where the character said something about not even trying to sign up to be a pilot, because girls were better pilots than boys. The rest of the book was about being in boot camp, and it was fascinating to me. I think I read it in third grade, circa 1960.

I was probably 8 or 9 at the time, and very much feeling that I got the short end of the stick as a girl--this would have been 1958-59. Girls were required to wear dresses, often the scratchy, crinoline kind. I hated dresses and rarely wear them except in the summer. I never really got into girls books except for Anne of Green Gables and Jo March of the Little Women series. I wanted to be a writer because of Jo March, even though we both ended up as teachers. Louisa Alcott managed to support herself by writing, however.
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Where to buy in print


Fairy Catmother
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 69,770. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Maven, a fairy godmother transformed into a cat, must grant 3 wishes to return to human form by the turn of the moon. None of her potential clients believes in magic anymore, because of the secrets the parents have hidden from their children.
20 Hours to Charles Town
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,320. Language: American English. Published: April 30, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
An airship madam risks her business and the love of her life to expand her information network with new technology, but can she deliver the colonial ambassadors to Charles Town despite air pirates, a hoodoo and a rogue Mauverton detective?
Walking Off Heaven's Shore
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,920. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Literature » Literary
A Ten-piece Bucket of Southern Fried Flash Fiction that explores relationships with a definite southern flavor--gothic, wistful and canny. Flash fiction and poetry set in the real world, with real people: mothers and daughters, men and women, self and soul, media and sanity in the style of Eudora Welty, Kate Chopin, and Flannery O'Connor for the 21st Century in the New South.
Adventures of Silicon Jones
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,820. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
Brewster "Silicon" jones is the ne'er-do-well your mother warned you about. Good hearted but lazy, Jones would rather lie than eat, and he manages to slide through his life and the four dimensions like grass through a goose. A spin off from the Maven Fairy Godmother universe, Jones tours the City of Gold, and meets 7 deadly dwarfs, 3 baby dragons, and his dead ex-girlfriend. Mature Audiences Only.
Walking Off Heaven's Shore
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,950. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Literature » Literary
A Ten-piece Bucket of Southern Fried Flash Fiction that explores relationships with a definite southern flavor--gothic, wistful and canny.
Just a Smidgen of Magic
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,270. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Urban
Five flash fiction stories are told from the edge of the realm of magic--enchanted moments, bitter realizations, answering the call, and returning with the elixir. Even in the mundane world, magic is only a moment away from manifestation, as each of these characters learns, sometimes to their sorrow. Artifacts, The Croning, Not Even One Wish, Taffy's Tale, Zen of Cool
Maven's Fractured Fairy Tales
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,330. Language: American English. Published: July 11, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(4.00 from 1 review)
Funny retellings of Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, and Frog Prince featuring Maven Fairy Godmother, a middle-aged woman who fractures each fairy tale in trying to make her clients' wishes come true. Written for adults
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,340. Language: American English. Published: July 3, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(4.00 from 1 review)
Three fractured fairy tales for grownups with the inimitable Maven Fairy Godmother: Kiss of the Kudzu, Beans, and PumpkinEater. The client is always right, even when she isn't, so Maven does her best to get the client the happily ever after that she wants, even when she makes a very unwise wish. Sometimes despite Maven's best efforts, the client gets what she deserves...what she asked for.
Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,620. Language: American English. Published: March 5, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A dead cellphone calls with a job offer and a promise of dragons. Giving up what's left of her self-esteem for coffee, her last chance to redeem her life comes as a job offer to be a fairy godmother. But Faery is shrinking, the other fairy godmothers have disappeared, and nothing she does turns out right. How can she put together the happily ever after each of her clients wants?
In the Still Midwinter
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,190. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
(4.00 from 1 review)
Five short stories share Christmas redemption and revelation with family, friends, coworkers, strangers and the dear departed.

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Smashwords book reviews by Charlotte Henley Babb

  • Escape from Second Eden on March 27, 2011

    The suspense keeps building in this international thriller as Eiko Mueller, a survivor of Nagasaki and wife of an American marine, is targeted as the vulnerable point of diplomatic intrigue. Set in the Nixon era near the end of the Vietnam war, the story takes place as Ceylon, the "Second Paradise," renounces its British commonwealth status to become Sri Lanka. Each embassy has its eye on Eiko through their operatives, and it's not always clear who the bad guys are. This is a fun read, with a glance into the culture of Southeast Asia, the culture of diplomacy. It explores the strength of a woman who has learned how to make her place in whatever circumstances challenge her. I'd like to read more about Eiko, her back story and her further adventures in the Intelligence community.
  • Muslim Inventions in the Islamic Golden Age 750-1500 AD on July 08, 2012

    If you want to get a Cliff's Notes version of what has been left out of the Euro-centric history cannon--and trust me, much of what we have been taught is sorely lacking in detail and even accuracy--this is a good book to read. It's quick. It's navigable, so that you can find a topic area easily, and it has a good bibliography for further study. Anjum's goal is to open the Western reader's mind to associate more than terrorism in connection with Islam and the Middle East in general. Her thesis is well-supported in that Encyclopedia Britannica articles mostly ignore, the achievements of the Muslim Golden Age. If you accept that Britannica (and not Wikipedia) is a "premier source of information," then she makes a good case, as she says, in "simplest terms." A fourth grader could easily read this book and should. The book is divided into different topic sections, but many sections are only one or two pages long and are basically introduced by a paragraph citing Britannica, showing how the relevant parts are missing, followed by paragraphs listing the inventions and inventors. I am happy to know that "Avicenna" was really Ibn Senna, and that Caliph Haroun Al Rashid was a real person and a great leader. Thank you to author Aliya Anjum for providing a copy of the book for me to review.