Charlie Romo was born 21st October, 1980, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The son of artists, he grew up in an environment where aesthetics and culture were cherished facets of life. His first fashion-oriented memory is, at age five, hugging his mother and being transfixed by the scent and texture of her rabbit fur coat. From then on, every aspect of his mother’s beauty regime fascinated him, be it makeup or hair or the simple everyday process of what to wear.
As he got older, Romo spent countless hours crawling through his mother’s University textbooks. Enthralled by Art, Anatomy, English, Literature, Anthropology and Psychology, he swirled these subjects in his growing brain to the point of obsession. At fourteen, he graduated high school and embarked on a career in Higher Learning the following year.
Romo learned to respect the history involved in his parents’ antique restoration business. Always surrounded with beautiful old things, he adapted the idea that, “We don’t know where we’re going unless we know where we’ve been.“
As a bisexual man, Romo is actively involved in LGBTQ issues. He is a donating member of the Human Rights Campaign and Courage Campaign. Also concerned with matters that affect minorities and people struggling in developing countries, Romo is a contributor to Color of Change and Artists for Peace & Justice, among others. He is also very involved with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Campaign to fight and bring awareness to breast cancer.
Charlie Romo’s debut novel is MOONGLOW, a lesbian romance set in a future fashion world. Lots of melodrama, lots of models, lots of sass—and lots of heart! MOONGLOW is the first in a series of novels he will write for the rest of his life. MOONGLOW’s sequel, MOONGLOW: FOREVER HOLD, is underway and going very well! After that, Romo will breathe life into a romantic lesbian fantasy epic written for a Young Adult audience called DARK MOON, which will kick-off his second series of novels. Expect enough fairies, dragons, adventure and love to keep even the most ardent fantasy buff consumed!
Romo believes it is of paramount importance to bring LGBTQ youth characters they can identify with and really love; characters they don’t just cheer for but see some of themselves in. “There are a lot of LGBTQ young people out there that read mainstream fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, etc. stories and imagine themselves in those roles. That said, a separation exists because those characters aren’t entirely like them. Most of them are straight. My goal is to help the LGBTQ reader dream, and dream in a way that’s substantially more personal than they’re accustomed to.”
Charlie Romo is also a “most-of-the-time” Pescetarian, Private Chef, photographer, general artist and self-confessed fashion junkie. When not writing, he enjoys writing music, painting, sketching, long walks, star gazing, studying and researching anything possible, learning foreign languages, (Portuguese, German, Japanese, Spanish, Hungarian, Swedish and Russian are particular interests), cooking, traveling, watching films, video games, social media, and reinforcing his spiritual side through loving and caring for nature.
He lives alone with his two cats, Princess Kitties and Mr. Titan, in San Antonio, Texas.