Chapel Orahamm Interview

Greetings. Today I am now starting to post onto my site interviews of other authors of the #WritingCommunity. The people being featured responded to the call on Twitter. There will be more opportunities (As I will announce on Twitter) but without furhter adeau let's get started.

Background Information

Chapel Orahamm:

Author and illustrator in big sky country, smack dab in the middle of the United States. Keeper of chickens, ducks, a goose, two cats and a dog, they tend to find the countryside a little slower, and a little easier. They have been drawing since they could hold a crayon, and writing stories since middle school.

1) What inspired you to write in general?

This comes in two parts. First, my mum worked in the publishing industry as an editor for a publishing house for a time. I watched her work through manuscripts and she even let me have a go with the red pen a few times as a way to help me understand sentence structure. I don’t think that actually improved my grammar much, but it was fun.

The second part came when a good friend of mine in middle school handed me his notebook one day and asked me to read it, tell him what I thought. I don’t remember what the story was about. It was handwritten with chicken scratch. The cover was red. I had a soul in my hands, the inner workings of another person and I could never quite shake that feeling off my skin. Writing became real to me. It was something that common people could do too, not just the people my mum’s company employed. I don’t know whatever became of his work. He switched schools that same year and we lost touch shortly after, but it was an experience seared into my brain. I wanted in on that piece of pie.

2) Did you always know or believe you could write or get a book published?

After seeing the number of ditched manuscripts at my mum’s company, I had very little hope of ever being published. Even if I was published, my books would be ripped to itty bitty shreds and hacked back together as some franken beast from the grave. I had enough people at school say that I could write well. My poetry had been accepted in several competitions at the local level, but I never submitted any of my writing for that kind of purpose.

Now college. That was a different thing altogether. I was eager to get out of there with at least one academic article published. I had a pair of profs who were determined that my research was worth the printer paper. It would take six years after graduation to get it accepted into a journal, but I did get academically published.

Ukiyo-e, World War II and Walt Disney: The Influences on Tezuka Osamu’s Development of the Modern World of Anime and Manga. The Phoenix Papers, Vol. 3, No. 1, August 2017

So, here I am, leery of the traditional publishing industry. I want my toes in that pool, but it scares me. Instead, or at least for now, I self-publish my material as a webseries. Three books, with two pages from each going up on my blog weekly. I do not put books up unless I have completely finished the story - that way if something goes wrong, my readers don’t end up with a half written story wondering about the ending.

I want, at some point when there’s enough interest (i.e. patreon and kickstarter support) to reach out to a proper editor and get my work looked through and take the books to print. I want to give my readers the ability to have a physical copy of the books with the art that I’ve done for the stories. I don’t see my writing ever reaching a level of interest that a traditional house would take it upon themselves to say “yeah, we want to run your stuff, send it over.” So, I’m finding my own way.

3) What kind of support system did you have when writing a book-did you have friends or family support you along the way?

Early on in high school, my mum printed off my first book, The Doubloons, onto a ream of paper for me - at 300 pages, that was quite a print job. I sort of needed it at that point. I was on to my second floppy disk, reaching into my third. I remember the day my dad brought home my first usb stick for my birthday. It was expensive for the time and I carried my books on it on a necklace for the next five years. That was the biggest familial support I got. It worked out rather well, I edited on that thing for years. I only learned later that she read the entire thing out loud to my dad. Let’s just go with I was mortified. I write sci-fi/adventure/romance. The key word of mortification in this was romance. Reading it after all these years is a thing. So much teenage angst.

Pretty much after that, I don’t have anyone in my real life interested in reading my works. My SO supports my interest by encouraging me to continue writing, drawing, and posting it all to my website and not giving up, but friends, family, no one has an interest in actually perusing the material. It’s not for everyone, so I try not to be as disappointed as I tend to feel about it. Reason I reach out to the internet and social media market a lot. It’s the only way I can get useful feedback.

4) What specifically influenced you to get into the genre or the story(ies) you are currently writing?

I love sci-fi/adventure movies and books. I also enjoy romance literature, but finding a cross between the two that is well developed on both ends is not easy to find. Romance subplots are a throw away in sci-fi or adventure heavy books. Sci-fi and adventure are ill researched when written into romance. Usually romance has no depth to it either. I write darker stories that deal with psych trauma while wrapping it in a scifi skin. I like philosophical stories that have a message to tell, but that are subtle about it.

I also have a deep seated fondness for anime and manga. This has influenced my desire to create my book series with illustrations. I create my illustrations in Adobe Illustrator currently, but I'm experimenting with Clip Studio and hope to start creating backgrounds in Blender soon.

5) Without giving too much away just describe your work a little for the audience.

The books currently running on The Kavordian Library

Fyskar (book 1):

1692, Isle of Skye.

An exiled plague doctor has returned after ten years to exact his revenge upon a clan. His hired hand is surprised to discover the doctor, who is mute from an extensive wound, has a different ability to communicate that is the catalyst for a remarkable life journey.

Subject15 (book 2):

One year before WWIII, UK

Fane Anson has been haunted by nightmares since he woke up in the hospital ward. Years later and his commanding officer tells him to go find happiness. WW III hinges on it, and he's none the wiser. When terrible dreams become reality, what is he left to do?

Polaris Skies (book 3):

One year to the end of WWIII. Oregon

Nat McCormick, introduced to an insidious biowarfare weapon that burns his town to the ground, leaves with a group of friends across the US in search of a cure. But can multiple souls be separated from a body?

Subgalaxia (book 4) is fully finished and scheduled to release in 2022.

I am spending 2020 writing two stand alone books outside of The Kavordian Library Universe: Life of a Librarian and The Fire in My Blood.

6) And if someone is interested, and I am trying to help drum up interest, where would someone be able to get your works?

● The Kavordian Library:

● Patreon (I release pages significantly earlier here then my website):

● Ko-fi:

● Instagram:

● Twitter: @ThorntonGibsonK

Professional Portfolio:

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