Chuck Dowdle was born in Crookston, Minnesota. While attending college on the G.I. Bill, Dowdle married his former Cathedral High School friend and classmate, Marilyn “Marty” Kirkwood. Dowdle graduated from St. John’s University at Collegeville, Minnesota in 1952. Five daughters, an M.A. in Secondary Education and 36 years later, Dowdle retired from teaching English in Santa Rosa, California. After his wife of 49 years died of ovarian cancer, he married her close friend from high school, Carmelle Johnson Matthes. Carmelle and Chuck reside happily in Cambria, California.

Title by Chuck Dowdle

  • Released: December 2021

    Genre: Novels

    “Doctor,” whispered Sister Giovanni with a sense of urgency
    as the tiny newborn infant slipped into her outstretched hands,
    “I think there’s another one!”


    Twin Lights was written to help a father imagine a very different version of his life had his premature twin sons lived and been his only children. Michael Charles and Mark Edward Dowdle were born at five-and-a-half months’ gestation in Perham, Minnesota on August 9, 1953, each weighing a pound and a half. The twins died an hour apart the following day.
    When Dowdle was 83 years old, he began pondering the question of what that life might have looked like, a life with twin sons and no daughters. That question was answered when he finished writing Twin Lights in 2021 at the age of 93.