An Authors Kiss with Sara Troy and her guest Charlie Sheldon 11, on air from July 13th
I love to discuss how one’s personal experiences become the foundation for what they write about, and the relationship between one’s training and values, and what emerges from the point of the pen. In my Strong Heart series, in addition to exploring ancient legends and the origins of “modern humans” about 70000 years ago, I also explore the struggle between development and preservation, the dangers of zealotry, coming of age, and what makes a family and a home. Along the way, there is much I can share about hiking, backpacking, the Pacific Northwest and Olympic National Park, seafaring, and survival. I am also a water dowser – true – with some stories about that, too.
For several years I performed maritime poetry at the Fisher Poets festival in Oregon and similar events near Seattle.
During my work life, I spent more time than I care to admit before groups of people speaking, presenting, often before hostile crowds; I was a certified teacher for a private company teaching decision making and problem analysis for over a decade; and after retirement has conducted book readings and discussions at bookstores and retirement communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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I have always been a writer, always a hiker, trained as a wildlife biologist, living in the Pacific Northwest, a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. In my work life, I was a graduate student teacher, a commercial fisherman, a house painter, a fisheries consultant, a treasure hunter, then a planner, a construction manager, a project manager, even an executive for various seaports – for 28 years. During my years working for seaports, I was involved with several difficult environmental cleanups, including Superfund sites, and for many years I worked with local tribes negotiating fishing agreements between their salmon fishermen and harbor operations in Seattle. After I retired from port work at age 65 in 2012 I went back to sea as a merchant sailor, container ships and military reserve vessels, as a watchstander and able-bodied seaman, for four years, then quit for good to write these books about Olympic National Park, the Gulf of Alaska, a certain ornery young girl, and ancient history – I call it the Strong Heart Series.
Before writing my latest series of books I did years of research into human origins, archeology, geology, ice ages, and climate change to develop the foundation for my Strong Heart series of books, which ask the question: could the ancient legends of most First peoples of North America that they have always been here – always – be true? Along the way I have learned much about what we know, and how much more we do not know, plus a healthy dose of aversion to zealotry and people who are absolutely convinced they know what is best for the rest of us.
You can pre-order through Amazon now for the paperback edition (Kindle coming October)
Charlie went to Yale University and UMass, where he received a Masters’s Degree in Wildlife Biology/Resource Management. He worked in the fishing industry for 15 years as a deckhand, mate, skipper, and consultant, then relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 1990 to be near Olympic National Park. He worked at seaports for nearly 30 years as a planner, project manager, and executive. When he retired from seaports in 2012 he returned to sea as a merchant sailor for four years, working on the various container and military vessels as Able Bodied Seaman and Bosun. He retired in 2016 to work full time at his writing. Nowadays he hikes in the Olympic National Park whenever he can, cooks for his wife, pesters his grandchildren and continues to scribble tales.
PART TWO COMING JANUARY 11TH