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.
- Address: Perelandrapub@gmail.com
- Website: Perelandrapublishing.com
- Phone: 760 753 4469
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