Meet Chloë! After experiencing life changing situations, Chloe fell in love with writing. Writing not only became her escape but her creative writing also became relatable to many women. Not only that, Lady Gaga has tweeted Chloe's work on Twitter!
How did becoming an author come about?
I’ve always been a writer; I wrote 3 novels, and I used to write all these little quotes that I would use to build the story. I never pursued my books, but eventually I realized that I could transition being able to write those short quotes into being able to write prose, or poetry. I’ve always been really sensitive and intense, and that found a home in poetry. Within a year, I’d put together my first book and self-published.
What does being an author mean to you?
When I was a teenager, I went to see a career counsellor and when she asked me what I wanted to do with my life and what I wanted to be, I said I just wanted to find new ways to love people. That’s what this journey has been.
I will always be a writer, but having books in the world that people can read and hold in their hands and feel understood by… there’s nothing like that. And for me, these books are pieces of my heart and soul. Having people connect with them and love them enough for this to be a career has been a blessing, but getting to know those people and give them that connection has been the greatest gift.
How does it feel to make a major impact on women from the use of your book?
Most of my following are women, and I write very openly about women, so to have them reach out to tell me that my words have inspired or comforted them – even in some small way – has been incredibly humbling. All I can really hope is that I make people feel less alone, in whatever they might be feeling.
Lady Gaga reposted one of your poems on Twitter. How did it feel? What was the feedback? How did this poem affect people?
Oh gosh, that was such a surreal moment. I was sitting at the table with my mom and someone commented on my poem “Lady Gaga just tweeted this” and I kind of freaked out, I was shaking, and I think I swore a lot because I was so happy (I usually do). I have no idea how my poem found its way to her, but it’s such an honour to know that someone I’ve always loved and admired has even read my work, let alone liked it enough to share it. A lot of people thought they were song lyrics because they were waiting for anything from LG6, but I think it’s such a compliment that they thought it was good enough to be hers.
Explain your journey that got you to this current point in your life.
I dropped out of high school and was sick for several years while I was going through recovery from my eating disorder. In that time, I struggled badly with depression, and somewhere along the way I fell in love with writing again. Those things haven’t left me, but I found my way to poetry, then Instagram, and I started to heal. I posted every day for almost two years, met other writers across the U.S., fell in and out of love, traveled, and slowly came back to life. I wrote about all of it. I’ve always been very open in my writing and on my page about my struggles with my physical or mental health, heartbreak, love, abuse, and coming out, and I think that’s made my connection with my followers even stronger. This has been the hardest year of my life so far – five surgeries, lost loves, two sexual assaults – but it’s also been the year that I have grown the most, refined my life, and found a new path forward. I’m grateful for everything. (Or, at the very least, can appreciate it for the lesson it taught me).
What was the purpose of writing “Letters, and Why They’re All for You” ?
I was looking for my family when I wrote Letters. Not biological. But I always believed that there had to be a person or a collection of people who I actually belonged with, and if I could just write to them then maybe they would read it and know that I’m theirs. That’s actually the meaning behind a tattoo I have on my wrist, which says “write to them.” In the back of the book, I wrote “write back.”
After I published it, I bought a plane ticket to America and met with as many people as I could who had connected with me through my writing – I went to ten states in a month, and I found both family and a best friend in Alison Malee.
Most of the people closest to me now are those I’ve met through my writing.
You just released a new book known as Into Oblivion. What was the purpose of it? How can this new book impact many women’s lives?
Into Oblivion is a paperback love letter. I met someone last year who loved me more openly and beautifully than anyone ever had, and I finally understood something I’d been trying to figure out for years: the idea of oblivion; of something infinite, and absolute, and natural. Like falling into orbit, or trying to make sense of the sky or the sea. I wrote about falling upward because that’s what love is to me – a blissful oblivion.
I’m not sure how it might connect with or impact anyone’s lives, but I hope it scrapes the surface of explaining what it is to love, and be loved.
There are so many women who want to become an author but do not know when and where to start? What is some advice that you can give to women who are following your path?
Honestly, it’s never the wrong time. I published my first book with 1,000 followers, and by the time I released my second, I had around 80k. I learned and grew and changed along the way, and so did my writing. I think it’s important to live and have new experiences and fall in love in new ways before I write a new book. Write honestly, and about something that’s important to you, and it will be beautiful. It’s all a process, but if you have a story to tell, it’s always a good time to tell it.
Why do you believe that Women’s Empowerment is important?
My life has really been shaped by women. I used to volunteer at a women’s homeless shelter and have volunteered at a women’s empowerment centre in Eastern Uganda. The women I have met and known along the way and the stories they have told me have reinforced everything I’ve ever believed about the importance of empowerment. Whether that has been hearing from a woman who changed her life with microfinance for a small business, holding my baby nieces and thinking about their futures, watching the people closest to me pulling themselves free from domestic violence, or learning to empower myself in that freedom – I think making sure that women are treated as more than a commodity of another person will change the world.
What are some future goals that you have for yourself?
I want to publish a book traditionally at some point in my future. I think it would be a beautiful experience to see it in physical stores. I’d also love to try writing articles, being more active in the LGBTIQ community, collaborating with businesses, and going to more public events. I’ve set an ongoing goal to meet with as many of my fans as I can, so I have a major travel focus, too.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?
Living all those goals! And hopefully still splitting my time between the U.S., Australia, and travelling. I don’t plan too far ahead, but I’m excited to have new adventures and fall in love again.
The purpose of the FabuLuxe platform is to help women feel fabulous and sophisticated. What advice or words of encouragement can you give to our readers about feeling fabulous as a woman?
I love that!
Learning to embrace and love your body as a woman is such a challenging journey, but I think it’s one we’re always on. It’s hard to be gentle with yourself, and some days you won’t be, but try. Take up boxing. Write poetry. Understand that you can be both a softness and a strength. Try to remember how much your body has carried you through – imagine how much further it could take you. This is your home, but it’s only the surface of you.
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