C.A. Goody and Charlie live with their family outside Phoenix Arizona. Mrs. Goody’s first book, Charlie’s Great Adventure, took her as much by surprise as it takes her readers. The story was inspired when Charlie, who rarely left the yard and was outside only about an hour each day, suddenly disappeared. He was turned in to the local Humane Society five days later, having been found twenty miles from home. Soon after, as she sat petting Charlie, Mrs. Goody was wishing Charlie could tell her where he had been, and what had happened to him during his absence. She sat down to write a short story for her children about what Charlie had been up to, and the first book in the series was born.
Many parts of the story are true, including Charlie's hatred of riding in cars (he will yowl constantly until you let him out), his love of music and chasing flashlight beams, his ability to hug the people he loves, and his refusal to let the technician at the Humane Society give him any shots. The book was so well received by local children that Mrs. Goody began writing more stories about Charlie. She has many more story ideas, as Charlie continues to inspire new adventures on a daily basis.