The Early Tales of Snow and Oakham

Philip Chavanne Bio

Philip Chavanne

Philip Chavanne was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, a pastor’s son, and his love for the outdoors and adventure stories were in him from the beginning. At age twenty he sold everything he owned, reducing all of his belongings to a single backpack, and moved to Colorado to write. Later that summer Chavanne took a job at a Sports Camp in Branson, Missouri, where he discovered his passion for working with kids. Tenpenny, the orphanage in The Early Tales of Snow and Oakham, is largely based on his life changing experiences at this camp.

After college, Chavanne quickly resumed his adventures by hitch-hiking across Alaska, Europe, India and southern Africa. “Africa? Why Africa?!” His father would ask… “Because that’s where all my characters are,” would be his reply.

Chavanne traveled light, living out of a backpack and spending all his resources on experiences. Over the next several years he amassed dozens of short stories across fifty countries and six continents, resulting in a canon of creative ideas. The colorful people he encountered and befriended would inspire many of his memorable characters: Wonderboy, Tip Holland, Greer Ashby, Papon, Henry Snow, and Jack Oakham.

After years of exploring the world and harvesting stories and characters, Chavanne returned to his family ranch to begin the task writing his novel. Twelve years later, The Early Tales of Snow and Oakham emerged. This extraordinary book is dedicated to his beloved father and already being hailed as one of the finest works of fiction in the last decade.

Chavanee manages his family’s working ranch in the Texas Hill Country with his wife Andrea and their two young daughters.