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Charlie Carillo was born in New York City on December 8, 1955.  He grew up in Douglaston, Queens, a town that was put on the map by three world-class tennis players - John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe and Charlie's sister, Mary Carillo, now a famous sports broadcaster.

 The teenage Charlie tried his hand at tennis and lost a match to little John McEnroe 6-0, 6-0.  Charlie won a total of one point and wrote about the humiliating but humorous event years later in the New York Times

Charlie graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1977.  That same year he won several prizes in the school's writing contest, including one for "the writer showing the most promise."  The cash prize was $300, the first money Charlie ever made without pushing a broom or a lawnmower.  

In 1978 Charlie took a job as a copyboy at the New York Post, eventually working his way up to reporter, rewrite man and columnist. In 1993 he switched to television, working as a producer for the newsmagazine shows "American Journal" and "Inside Edition" until 2006, when he moved to London. There he continues to work as a freelance TV producer and a magazine writer.  He also takes his wife Kim's chocolate labrador retriever, Bailey, on frequent walks.

Charlie has a son, Rafael, and two stepchildren, Catherine and James.

Charlie's first novel, "Shepherd Avenue," was published in 1986 by the Atlantic Monthly Press.  It was named one of the best books of the year by the American Library Association.

Charlie's second novel, "My Ride With Gus," was published in 1996 by Pocket Books, and was translated into German and French editions.  It has been optioned to the movies by Fox.

Charlie's latest novel, "Raising Jake", was published in August 2009 by Kensington Books. A German edition of the book entitled "Sat Bloss Mama Nichts Davon" was published by Pendo, which is also re-releasing "My Ride With Gus" in Germany.

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