Carlos was born in Angola in the small town of Lobito. Washed by gentle waves, warmed by South Atlantic sea winds and nourished by books of every type; the scene was only marred by the grating cries of seagulls, who are very ugly birds. Moving to Montreal in the winter of 1985, he swapped swimsuit for skates and the tropics quickly became a distant memory. Carlos wrote his first book in Ottawa, in Portuguese, published in Lisbon, the first of a series of four historical fictions in French. This was followed by a most excellent book of poetry, which was scandalously overlooked by critics. Carlos has still not forgiven this oversight.