Meet Bo Chappell
Like most of the authors I introduce on my blog, I met Bo on social media. He asked me to review some of his work, and also let me be a participant in his interactive advanced book project for Our Biggest Fears. He is the author of Year 47 along with Missing Days: Omissions From Year 47 and has also co-written books with other authors.
If you have been following my blog for a while, you will find my review for Our Biggest Fears and hopefully it will pique your curiosity. But let’s get right to the interview.
How did you come up with the idea for Our Biggest Fears?
It started as a joke idea really when I got hooked on watching YouTube videos of tiny home tours. I thought “Be funny to see the killer struggle with a home invasion in some of these.” Then the wheels started turning. Of course, I needed more because I didn’t want just a slasher story with a string of dumb victims. So the idea of exploring personal relationships with the people we live with and living out those fears eventually came into play.
What made you first want to become a writer?
I grew up in the 80s, so I was surrounded by the best movies, cartoons, toys, video games, books, and comics. It was heaven. Add in the fact I grew up in a small town and was a middle child of two sisters, I was a bit of a loner geek and wound up playing by myself a lot. So, I ended up going on crazy adventures through the woods around my home.
Then in school we got creative writing assignments, even got to make handmade books, and I think that’s what did it. Any sort of chance to creatively express myself in school was a relief to me, and both my classmates and teachers responded to my projects throughout school with positivity.
Do you have any current writing projects?
At the moment, I’m working on a script with a friend for an upcoming competition, and I recently found out I got accepted for the third season of The Grey Rooms Podcast. It’ll be good to be working with those guys again.
After that, I’m not sure. Just kinda taking it easy at the moment because this last one took a surprising amount out of me. Be nice to recharge.
When you were a kid what did you want to be?
Honestly? Superhero. Batman makes it believable, however unachievable it may seem.
But when reality set it, I was serious about wanting to be an architect in high school until I did the math, literally. Love design but disliked geometry. But writing and art have always been my biggest passions, so working in the entertainment field in any way, shape, or form has always been the main goal.
What activities do you enjoy, other than writing?
Love drawing as much, if not more than writing. I’m a very visual person and they go hand in hand for me. I do so much art before I even write, just to get a firm hold on things. If I can’t visualize it, I know something is wrong and I’m not feeling the story. Plus drawing is such a fun escape and allows my brain to relax.
Do you have any hidden talents most people might not know about?
Hard to say. I don’t consider myself a real mystery. Haha. Maybe people didn’t know I did the art. If so, I’ve done all the art for my own books thus far, including my children’s book. I also like to sculpt a bit. Um, and I can name all 50 US states in alphabetical order. That count?
I’m boring. Haha.
Let me say thank you for having me on your blog. This has been a real treat and I can’t wait to see where you go in yet another year.
Thank you for answering my questions!
You can find Bo Chappell on his website at: https://bochappell.wordpress.com/