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Meet Chris Ahrens of Perelandra Publishing Company in North County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Ahrens.

Chris, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I took an unconventional route to owning a publishing company. I have no degree and was never a good student, but I have always looked for good stories and when I found them I wrote about them. This led to getting lots of writing assignments, becoming a magazine editor and eventually writing my own books.

Has it been a smooth road?
Statistically, I should never have been a writer. I failed English for most of my life, and have a copy of my sixth-grade report card revealing that I got straight Fs in writing that year. In 1973, I was living on a beach in Australia when I got the message that a story of mine had been published in a surf magazine. I made $40.00 for that story, but that was it — I was a writer! From there, the road was hard and I have remained among the poorest of my friends, financially speaking. Yet, they all envy me my life experiences. I only envy them when I hear they are going to Fiji for a month.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Perelandra Publishing Company – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Again, this has been an unconventional arc. I banged out a living as a freelance writer, became an editor and eventually did my own books and founded Perelandra Publishing Company. Nothing could be more rewarding.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
While it has grown a great deal, it still has a small-town feel. Also, it is at the edge of the ocean and a quick paddle out leaves the city far behind.

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1 Comment

  1. Chris Ahrens

    April 26, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Just last week my wife Tracy and I moved from Cardiff into a 55 and over community in nor east Oceanside. For sure I am the oldest person profiled in SDVoyager. Thanks SDV for the interview. Made me feel like a kid again and like I’ve built something worthwhile on what was initially a shaky foundation.

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