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 bl