Charlie is an artist by passion and an economist by training. After graduating from McGill University, Montreal with a B.A. in economics, Charlie moved to San Francisco to obtain a MFA in writing from California College of the Arts. Her love for writing and study of environmental economics came together at the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity where she contributed to research on the economic valuation of biodiversity as a means for creating conservation incentive measures. She has spent her life so far divided equally between Bangkok, Paris, Montreal, and the United States.