Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C for Charles

I couldn’t get past C for Charles. I tossed other words around in my head, but didn't feel comfortable with them. So today, C stands for Charles Gramlich. 

Charles Gramlich grew up on a farm in Arkansas but moved to the New Orleans area in 1986 to teach psychology at a local university. He's published several novels, a couple of nonfiction books, two collections of short stories, a memoir and a chapbook of vampire haiku--among other things.  He writes in different genres.  A year or so back, I interviewed him for my Louisiana Saturday Night column. (click & scroll down to read.)


I became acquainted with Charles by reading comments on blogs. When I read his blog, I became a fan and ordered his book Write with Fire, Thoughts on the Craft of Writing.  I laughed my way through his ebook, Days of Beer: A Memoir of a Beer Drinkin' Man

Charles and I have never met but have a couple of mutual friends. He has a dedicated following and if you spend time on his blog, you'll learn why. Because of his generous nature and his blog-reading dedication, I always feel encouraged. I think he's very worthy of being my C-word.

14 comments:

Laura said...

sounds like a hero - I'm off to make his aquaintance. Lx

Karen Walker said...

He sounds wonderful. And congrats to your daughter.
Karen

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

Hey Jess! Glad to see you on the Challenge. Charles is awesome and so are you!
dreamweaver

Roland D. Yeomans said...

You are a kind soul to spotlight Charles and his inventive writing. Great luck with the challenge! Roland

Pat Carroll Marcantel said...

Great going, Jess. You're off to a start that gives all of us a zing of creative feelings. Now perhaps I'll be able to think of something for my "C."

Tonja said...

Great post, a very lovely tribute.

Charles Gramlich said...

Jess, thanks so much. I've been at the doc's all day with Lana but the news was generally pretty good. I will link to this on my blog post this evening. I appreciate your kindness. Thank you!

James R Tate said...

His picture paints an interesting image. I don't know him, but I've seen his posts around. Seems like an interesting 'dude' from his blog.

Sylvia Ney said...

I'll have to check out his blog. Thanks for the recommendation. I hope you're enjoying the "A to Z" challenge!

Kate O'Mara said...

Love that Charles inspires you :)

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Ella said...

He sounds wonderful and so talented!
Great C Jess! I love your blog...off to look further at all you do! Nice to meet you~
I'm the closet gal ;D

Damyanti said...

Off to visit his blog!
Look forward to your challenge run…
--Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

Twitter: @AprilA2Z
#atozchallenge

Diligent Writer said...

He sounds like a great guy! He's lucky to have a friend like you to highlight his creative talents. I love your blog title by the way.

Stacey~

Baggy said...

I love the way these blogs lead us on journeys where we meet such fascinating folk - thank you.