Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My pen name is S.R. Chappell. I go by my middle name Rachele. I am 46 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Powder Springs, Ga.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was born in Pensacola, Fl. My mother divorced my father at age 3 months old, that’s when we moved to Georgia. My mother then married my step father. At age 11 I got a sister. I was a quiet, well behaved child. In my teen years I became quite rebellious and met my husband at a punk rock concert. I’ve been with my husband for over 25 years now. We have one son who is now grown with a family of his own. He has given me a grandson who is 4 and he definitely has me wrapped around his finger.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just released my first book of poetry called “Inked Heart Poetry” It’s available on Amazon.com, bookdepository.com, & Barnes&Noble
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote my first poem to my Mother for Mothers Day at age 9. I didn’t start writing a lot till I became a teen. I found poetry helped me sort through my feelings. About 2 years ago I decided to start a poetry blog. Now I write for the sheer joy of writing.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m still not sure I consider myself a writer. I would say I consider myself a poet. Though since I released my first book in May of this year it feels more like I can say I’m a writer. I think once I have published another book of poetry or written a novel I’ll feel more comfortable with saying I’m a writer. By the way, I’m already writing another book, so hopefully by next year I can wear that title proudly.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Honestly I got frustrated with so many publishers including me in their anthologies and never seeing any reward other than my poems in print. When I realized I had over 200 poems copyrighted I decided to make the leap and publish a book myself.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My book was title is my poetry blog name. That name being based upon the fact that my poetry comes from my heart.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write mostly rhyme and free verse, though I like to challenge myself by learning new forms of poetry.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most of my book is based on my life experiences or observations
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I do not travel in order to write. If I’m feeling lack of creativity I pull inspiration from photography, art, music, or nature. Though I will say when I do travel it’s very refreshing for my writing.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I designed my own cover.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think some of the more important messages I wish to convey are those of my humanitarian efforts on homelessness, equality, peace, and kindness. Though with my darker poetry I wish to offer to people who are having troubled times in their life something to let them know they’re not alone. I often include links for help and information when I’m writing on subjects like addiction, molestation, and depression.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I could go on for hours about poets that inspire me because I fell in love with Dr. Seuss as soon as I could read. Even before I could read at bedtime my mother would recite “Little Orphant Anne” by James Whitcom Riley. When I grew older I discovered an encyclopedia of poetry in our home library. It was HUGE, like 5 inches thick! I would thumb through it all the time. That’s where I discovered poets such as EE Cummings, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickenson. In my teens I fell head over heels in love with Edgar Allen Poe. I loved his dark poetry that told stories. Then I discovered Mya Angelo in my 20’s. I found her message of equality and inspirations refreshing. I’m always finding poets that inspire. A few modern day poets I love are Atticus, Lang Leav, & Erin Hanson.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have a few close friends that have been supportive and excited for my new endeavour. I also have around 5500 followers on Facebook and 900 followers on Instagram who give me feedback and support on my poetry.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I trying my best to be successful enough to consider it a career, but honestly I would be homeless and starving if I relied on my royalties as an income.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Well this was my first book so it was a learning experience. When I first typed my book I typed it in manuscript form. When I uploaded my work for my book it had to be in a different format, so everything had to be revised. I still have some format flaws that could use correcting. Next time I will be typing it up in the right format to begin with.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
To use the right format! lol
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
It’s a poetry book so a movie is out of the question. If they ever made a movie about me I would pick Alicia Silverstone. When I was younger people used to tell me I look like her.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Marketing yourself is the key to success.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Buy my book please!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m not currently reading any book. I only read a couple books a year. I mostly read poetry anthologies, magazines, articles. I read a lot of poetry online as well. Instagram has so many talented poets its ridiculous!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I do a lot of laughing. Just the hearing someone laugh makes me laugh. Sometimes I even crack myself up to the point that I cry from laughter.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Probably Gwen Stefani, or P!nk because I admire their no holding back girl power.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Mainly poetry but I also dabble in photography, art, gardening, and jewellery design.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I watch a lot of TV and movies. Some of my favourite shows are Big Bang Theory, Shameless, Weeds, &Two Broke Girls. I grew up in the 80’s so I’m a big John Hughes fan. I absolutely love all his movies and any directors that have that same filming style. I also enjoy more edgy movies from directors like Quentin Tarantino.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favourite food is Mexican, Seafood, or Hamburgers. My favourite colors are blue and green. Picking favourite music is too hard. I’m a huge music lover and love so many genera’s of music. I listen mostly to rock, alternative, ska and reggae.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I find a way to create art even if I had to use my feet.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would throw a party with live music and great food on the beach with all my close friends and family.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I want to be cremated and have my ashes spread at my birth place of Pensacola, Fl. on the beach. Though if I had a headstone I’d like to think it would say, “She was kind & loving with a heart of gold.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Inked Heart Poetry
By: S. R. Chappell
Publication Date: May 12th 2018
Retail Price: $13.95
Page Count: 188
Genre: Poetry/ Rhyme/ Free Verse
S. R. Chappell’s poems have been featured in magazine publications, many poetry anthologies, and she’s been featured on many Instagram pages for her outstanding work. She was most recently published in Cult Magazine by Rad Press Publishing.
Inked Heart Poetry will take you through a range of emotions as you read each chapter.
Table of contents as follows:
Chapter 1: Love, Passion, and Romance
Chapter 2: Sadness, Pains, and Evils
Chapter 3: Hopes, Dreams, and Inspiration
Chapter 4: Nature, Music and Glimpses of Joy
Chapter 5: Time for a Change
Chapter 6: Spilling Ink
Zach Spiczak writes to S.R.Chappell the following:
“I love the book you wrote! I have a day off today, and actually had time to read some of the stories and poetry…very deep, romantic, and touches a lot of other feelings when reading. I love the romantic deep poetry. I suggest anyone to log in to Amazon and order Inked Heart Poetry!”
Rachele Chappell goes by the pen name S. R. Chappell. She was born in the early seventies and graced with southern charm. She became a lover of poetry at a very early age. Her influences started with Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. They laid the ground for her flair for poetic rhyming. She also enjoys writing free verse poetry too. Occasionally she steps outside her box dabbling in learning other forms of poetry such as ballads or sonnets. Her first poem ever published called “Mothers Love” was written at age nine. Most of her poems are written about love or heartbreak. She is a true romantic at heart. She has used her poetry as an outlet for her emotions on darker subjects like anxiety, addiction, and molestation. Rachele also has written humanitarian efforts for peace, hunger, and equality. She’s received many certificates honoring her as a poet. Her work has been included in several anthologies. Her first self-written book “Inked Heart Poetry” was released May 2018.
Walking with him in the cold drizzling rain,
I tried to explain why we’re not the same.
As we walked in the forest in the deep dark night,
I tried to explain why things just weren’t right.
I cried in his arms, he held on tight.
Breaking up with him, my love was in a fright.
Walking back home on an old gravel road.
Silence so heavy it was bound to explode.
Arriving home, he had gone silent, deaf and stony as a marble statue.
I sat down on the porch, staring at the night sky, black clouds obstructing the full moon in view.
He sat beside me, in his embrace I softly cried.
My love was obvious, though I tried to hide.
I wanted to tell him, but I couldn’t, we just didn’t belong together.
He lost himself somewhere, like the wind in stormy weather.
Finally, he spoke, his voice soft as a whisper.
“Hold my hand and give me time to realize it’s over.” The breeze felt cold like winter.
I held his hand, and warmth was found.
Holding one another, not making a sound,
We stared at the sky of diamonds that got covered in a cloud.
Though our mouths were silent, the heartbreak was loud.