About the Author

Charles L. R. Dougherty is originally from Savannah, Georgia.  He is named after his father, a stubborn man who refused to append "junior" to his son's name, or "senior" to his own.  To avoid confusion, close friends and family adopted the nickname Bud, which still  survives.  In spite of what some will tell you, both names are attached to the same person.

Charles left Savannah when he started college, and hasn't lived there since, but still has an affinity for his old hometown, as well as many friends and distant relatives in the area.  He paid for his education by working in a paper mill, where he also received valuable education in a number of areas. 

With an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, an MBA, and a law degree, he embarked on a corporate career which spanned over 25 years.  He worked for a number of companies in the telecommunications and data communications field, starting as an engineer and finishing as a corporate vice president.  He left the corporate world to participate in high-tech startup companies and started a consulting practice to help entrepreneurs with business issues, including raising venture capital.

In 2000, with the children grown, he and his wife decided to leave the rat race while they could still run.  Avid sailors, they stored or gave away  their accumulation of "stuff" and dropped the docklines.  They've been cruising full-time since then aboard Play Actor, their sailboat, and have been exploring life in the Eastern Caribbean since 2004.

Always an avid reader, Charles began writing fiction early in his career. His early fiction took the form of business plans to secure funding for projects and corporate ventures.  Since he has been cruising and enjoying life off the beaten path, his creative writing efforts have taken a more entertaining direction.