Chuck Smith grew up in Rappahannock County, Virginia, in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While in high school he worked at Big Meadows on Skyline Drive. Like many young men of his generation he traveled to southeast Asia courtesy of the U.S. Army. Since leaving the army he has been a Teamster, a broadcast engineer, and a satellite uplink operator. He retired in February 2016 to write full-time.

He and his wife Sharon and their two dogs live in Williamsburg, Virginia, when they are not traveling in their three favorite destinations: Canada, England, and the USA. They also have two adult human children and many grand-dogs.