Charles lives in Colorado with his wife Irina. They are parents to five children. He received his MA in Political Science from Indiana State University and his BS from Utah State University. He has been involved with youth programs for boys between the ages of 12 and 14 and has been a lecturer and teaching assistant at the university level. One of his current goals is to have a work of fiction published. In his leisure time, he enjoys gardening, hiking, and reading.