Interview with Chase Von

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Chase VonJessica: Chase, thank you so much for taking time out to do this interview. I know you consider Betty Dravis a mentor…well, I consider you and Betty mentors since I’ve learned a great deal about interviewing from both of you and really admire all the work you do as journalists. It was an honor to have Betty in the launch issue and now I’m honored to have you in this issue. 🙂

Chase: Thanks so much for having me Jessica! And I’m truly touched to be called a mentor by someone who is such an accomplished soul…I’m both thankful and amazed by the Dream Reachers Fan Club page you threw together it seemed like…in no time…and I can’t begin to share my gratitude for that to you.

And a “Very Yes”on Betty certainly being one of my mentors. But…Between us, (She’s a perfectionist and she beats me up a lot)…I know it is just to make me better. (I had to add the last line because I do truly love her but she is so sweet…Unless you are working WITH her…(Now I know why her and her dear friend Linda Bulger were dressed up like “Gangsters” in some of her photo’s)…So I think you get where I’m going with this…:)

Jessica: Don’t know if that will stay between us Chase, she might read this you know…So that is on you! 🙂 But back to now…I know that poetry is your first love, and the first poem you wrote is called Listen My Friend. What was the inspiration for this poem? And what inspired you to become a writer?

Chase: Before I try and answer that Jess, I guess I’ve gotten away for “Years” with what it is called, “Poetic License.” Meaning I could misspell words or write sentences that are not remotely, grammatically correct because few people talk that way in real life to begin with and it adds to the realism in my opinion.

Betty, I know…If she does look at this interview is going to pick what I wrote apart and say…Well, will just leave it at that. 🙂 I sort of stumbled into doing interviews etc. but Betty is highly schooled, ran her own newspapers for years and also hosted her own cable TV talk show…She is also a master editor. I learned sooo much doing Dream Reachers One “Under Fire” from her but now she is looking forward to getting started on DR II and I’m like…God, please give me the strength to endure! 🙂 So I do hope she reads this and it makes her want to be, kinder and gentler when we do DR II but if not, you are still in Spain now yes? You all have any spare rooms there? (Heh, heh)

Now to your question and I think I mentioned, “Stumbling” somewhere above.

I had a friend when I was like twelve or thirteen that had a girlfriend. Which at that time was a big deal alone in my naive way of thinking. Plus she was really in my view also perfect for him.

Later this friend told me he was also seeing someone else and I was if this makes any sense, sorry for him. Because I thought eventually if the one found out about the other he would lose her, or perhaps them both. (Keep in mind, though young, I’ve always been sort of a romantic). I tried to explain it to him in conversation mind you but it just didn’t seem like I was getting through. Then I did something I hadn’t really done before and put to paper what I thought regarding it and at first, I myself didn’t even know it was a poem.

But I had “Stumbled” onto something that felt natural and at the same time, like a release.

And when I started writing it, it wasn’t hard, the words seemed to form themselves. I don’t do many interviews, or at least not as the interviewee…But I’ve mentioned this a few times before.

It wasn’t like I was writing something, it was like I was “Remembering” something…And that’s how that came about and how I started in my writing career you could say.

Even now, I don’t sit around or have an appointed time I…“Write”….Unless it is an interview or project etc. When it comes to poems, quotes, short stories or song lyrics, I get just get thoughts that I feel I have to “Catch” before they get away.

Betty's BirthdayBetty Dravis, Chase Von’s incredibly talented co author for Dream Reachers

Jessica: How did it feel to have one of your short stories included in the 2007 American Review Literary Journal Vol. One by Bryant McGill? And how did this come about? That is truly a wonderful accomplishment, Chase!

Chase: Ironically Jess, Betty is putting the finishing touches on the interview Bryant and her are doing as I type this but I count that as the highest achievement of my literary life! Bryant is quite simply put, a genius! I don’t mean to sound overly confident etc. but if someone were to ask me, based on how I feel, I would have to say my strong suit is poetry.

But it was a short story that got me in ARLJ Vol. One, and he is one of the most respected writers worldwide in our times! As well as a humanitarian and consultant to the stars and just a phenomenal human being!

MJ is no longer with us but on his (Bryant’s) MySpace page, is a picture of him with Michael Jackson and from the story, that is where he is giving his McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme, the World’s Most Extensive Reference to the sadly, now late Michael Jackson.

Jessica: I really enjoyed reading Your Chance to Hear the Last Panther Speak as your writing truly inspires me. I LOVE your poetry, which is something I don’t say a lot because it’s hard for me to connect with much of what’s out there. So, I’m wondering…Besides DR2, will you be coming out with another book of poetry, short stories, lyrics, etc.?

Chase Von book coverChase: To be honest with you, I’ve sort of put putting another book by yours truly on the back burner for now although I am still “Catching” quite a bit to create another one. 🙂 And I’m very pleased by your kind words about my poetry because as you know, I consider myself eclectic, so not everything that I write is well, nice but I think it depicts real life for the most part.

Jessica: Can you share one of your poems here with our readers?

Chase: I could…But if it is OK with you, I’d rather share some song lyrics. 🙂 One of my many dreams is to drive down the highway one day and hear a song I wrote the lyrics to come over the radio. And songs, if you get right down to it, are usually a poem, with a chorus and perhaps a bridge. And also, I know you have many “Singers” here on TSM so I’m hoping one of them see it and like. 🙂

I think I sing very well but others don’t ever seem to catch me on those days I do. (I can’t seem to catch me too often on those days either come to think of it)… (Heh, Heh). Anyway, I’ve decided to leave the singing to someone else and feel confident I think I sing ‘Well Enough” should that ever happen, to let them know what is going on in this head of mine. Plus, this was written after my book went out, it isn’t in there so it might even be something you haven’t seen and from memory since I can’t find it on my computer… Seriously…so perhaps not verbatim here but I did write it…

~From You~

Sitting here in the early morning

Wondering what to say…

I know I have to be real careful

Sometimes we get in our own way…

If I was to reveal what’s real

That I’m thinking that I’m wise

To keep deep inside…

Would you flee and run for the hills?

And leave me back here…

To die?


I can’t…

Say what I want to say

Because being true

Might mean losing you

I’m going to…

Have to pretend

That being friends

Is all I want

From you…

(Second verse)

Every time I see your pictures

It takes my breath away!

I can’t imagine what lucky fool

Get’s to see you every day!

My fingers hover over the keys

But I can’t type out

What’s inside of me…

I finally type out

I’m OK…

And wish you

A beautiful day…

(Repeat Chorus)

I can’t…

Say what I want to say

Because being true

Might mean losing you…

I’m going to..

Have to pretend

That being friends

Is all I want

From you…


Every time I see your pictures

Thoughts run through my mind!

Every time I get a message

Those thoughts do over time!

Every time I think about it

There’s a battle in my head!

But I’m afraid…

To share what I’m feeling!

So I share this instead…

How are you?

How is your child?

How is…

Life treating you?

I’m glad that…

You’re hanging tough!

I’m trying to do…

The same thing too….



I can’t

Say what I want to say…

Because being true

Might meaning losing you…

I’m going to

Have to pretend

That being friends

Is all I want….

From you…

By Chase Von


The Last Panther

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Jessica: Who are some authors you admire?

Chase: Way too many to list Jess, but a few and this is certainly not all are… George Orwell, Kahlil Gibran, Betty Dravis, Javan, Angela (Vennie) Kocsis, Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, Maya Angelou, Robert James Waller, T.J. MacGregor, Anne Rice, Ed Roberts, James Patterson, Greg Isle, Chrissy K. McVay, C.S Lewis, Taalam Acey, Langston Hughes and this could just go on and on…:)

Chase with MT and Linda SChase Von with Linda Shrader and MT Robison

Jessica: If you had the power to do something in the world today, what would it be and why?

Chase: That is a heavy question but in trying to answer it in a way that encompasses everything, I would say treat each other better and not worry about the things that don’t usually matter in the long run.

I can’t remember who wrote this or if this is even verbatim Jess but I think it sums it up pretty nicely. “At the end of the game, both the King and Pawn are put back into the same box.” So although there are a long of list of things that heavy question brings to mind, I think if we all knew, this day was perhaps our last, we might focus on positive things instead of negative ones. A friend of mine years ago wrote this as well and I think in regards to a myriad of things we concern ourselves with, it applies…

Whatever you may find
Among the thoughts
That crowd your mind
There won’t be many
That ever really matter
By Touc Dang
(Recalling from memory, so perhaps not verbatim)

Jessica: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?

Chase: Should have saved some of the one’s above for now I see? Heh, Heh You got me! This is one which is also one of my mantras so to speak…“This Too Shall Pass…” Lord knows, I’ve had to lean on that one too many times for me to count.

And this is one of mine but I have many favorite quotes mind you…Hard to pick a favorite although the first one mentioned might be the one that has helped me the most.

No one


To anyone

The only things we can claim

And truly call our own

From another individual

Are feelings inspired

And the eventual accumulation

Of shared memories

By Chase Von


The Last Panther

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Jessica: Anything else you’d like to share? And where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Chase: Sure, another quote….:) Which was also written after…I published my last book.

The loudest

Of all languages

Is also

The most silent

Of all languages

And that is the language


By tears

By Chase Von


The Last Panther

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And how about the link to the DR Fan Club site so people can also see what a truly wonderful job you did with that? 🙂 DREAM REACHERS FAN CLUB:

Jessica: Thanks again for doing this interview and wish you the best of luck with everything in the future.

Chase: Thank you Sweet Jessica and I also want to thank you again for creating the Dream Reachers Fan Club site which is remarkably lovely…Like yourself!

You do so very much for others that I’m very happy to see the TSM site which is great by the way so more folks can find out about what a dynamic spirit you, yourself are! And I know we’ll KIT…So till next time… Many blessings to you and yours as well my friend. Sincerely, Chase

Chase with B MurphyChase with Brittany Murphy

One thought on “Interview with Chase Von

  1. SUBMITTED BY BETTY DRAVIS on 2011/02/01 at 00:21

    Wow, Angel Jess, This is spot on… You captured my co-author Chase Von…with all his foibles…and his strong points. Fantastic job from both of you. I admire his honesty, even when he does tell “insider” stories about my perfection. He loves to tease me about that but I do know how much he loves and respects me. And he freely admits he has learned from me; that’s all a friend (that he calls mentor) can ask.

    Even if you are a big “tattle tale,” Chase, I still luvs ya! And, like Jess says, you are an excellent poet. What I like about your poetry is that it is so real and current with the changing times. I also enjoy your THE LAST PANTHER nickname… Very suitable…

    Your favorite quotes are quite inspiring, and, as you know, THIS TOO SHALL PASS is one of my creeds. My dear mother always told me that…and she was so right! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself.

    I read your story first in this edition of TSM and now I’m on to read the others. Wow! What a wonderful reading experience. AND AFTER THIS, I’M BUCKLING DOWN WITH DREAM REACHERS 2 FORMATTING, and expect you to do the same. Remember, my goal is to get it out by end of March. (I speak softy but carry a big whip! Don’t forget that.) :>)

    Hugs from Betty to Chase, Jessica and Michelle

    P.S. Chase, please note that our Dream Reachers is one of TSM’s first sponsors. Didn’t she do a grand job on the small ad? Kisses to the staff…

    SUBMITTED BY JACKIE KRUDOP on 2011/02/01 at 20:05

    WOW is right, Betty!….I feel so special and so priveleged to be able to “see” inside the soul of such an intuitive and generous person….Thank you Chase for your poetry….I like that line too that you quoted:
    “At the end of the game, both the King and Pawn are put back into the same box.”

    It certainly speaks volumes and now so does this interview! Thanks for sharing with Jessica, so that we all can know your heart and soul alive!


    SUBMITTED BY CHASE VON on 2011/02/02 at 02:59

    Thanks so much Jackie and I enjoyed your interview with Angel Betty as well:) And Angel Betty? You know your a kitten unless your working, and then you’re a tiger! (Smile). That’s no big secret…. Also Jessica a friend wanted to comment but isn’t on this website… Hope it is OK for me to post it here? If not, perhaps you can delete? Thanks again Lady… Chase:)

    Chase, nice interview, feel free to post this (kind of like to stay out of creating so many account).

    I have been privileged to post Chase’s fine poetry; he writes from the soul and this shines throughout his work. I like the song published here; Chase, one day I believe you will hear one of your songs on the radio! George Manos

    SUBMITTED BY MONICA CHAPMAN on 2011/02/07 at 21:55

    Hi Chase: I really enjoyed reading your excellent interview you did with Jessica. You are a very gifted lyricist! Maybe we can collaborate together in the future! Thank you for your very kind words you added to my interview as well on TSM and God bless.

    Much Love & Respect,

    SUBMITTED BY JOHN BRECKENRIDGE on 2011/02/17 at 19:10

    Great interview and amazing person & writer Jessica.
    Having read several of Chase Von’s book and being in contact wuth Chase over the years, I find that Your interview of this amazing person to be beautiful.

    Thanks Jessica for interviewing one who does interviews quite well as exhibited in his & Betty Dravis’s book, “Dream Reachers”

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