About Me

One of the greatest gifts is the is the ability and desire to read.
If you pass that on to your children you have done great things
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Charles Kaufman

Charles Kaufman

Fortunate to have been raised in a family of readers, books opened  an entire universe for me outside of post-war Pittsburgh where I was born. A naturally curious person I fed my appetite with the adventures of Br’er Rabbit, intergalactic battles against invading aliens, sword fights aboard pirate ships, or if I chose to I could accompany explorers to the Antarctic, deepest dark Africa, dog sledding in the Klondike, or wild rides across America to the Beat cafés’ of San Francisco.

Often accused of being a “dreamer, with my head in the clouds”. I felt I seldom fit in with  the norm and left the stifling confines of public school to begin a life of adventure. I hitchhiked and hopped freight trains through the east and south before joining the military. The service took me to the west coast of America and finally the Orient. I returned to Pittsburgh for a short time before leaving to settle in Arizona.

Along the way I have worked as a shoeshine boy, welder, steel fitter, mechanic, laborer, carpenter,photographer, surveyor and restaurateur. I have also been blessed with four wonderful children and three wonderful wives. With my experience and  imagination writing was a natural fit.  Poetry interested me first , influenced by Kerouac , Ginsberg, and Cassidy I wrote the usual dark moody poems of a sixteen year old.  I have since moved on to short stories, plays and recently fictional novels.

I now live in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, where I sail aboard my sloop Pura Vida, enjoy water sports and write. I try to avoid sword fights. Because of my lack of a formal education writing has always been a struggle. To any young, would be writers I strongly recommend a proper educational foundation, it will pay off.  I hope to learn as much as I can from other writers through the Internet , blogs and seminars….the adventure continues !

Pura Vida

Pura Vida

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