Bobbi Phelps Chapman grew up in Connecticut, forty miles from New York City. She became a flight attendant after working as a legal secretary in San Francisco.
In 1967 Bobbi travelled solo around the world for four months and returned to complete her education at the University of California, Berkeley. She then rejoined the airline industry. After six years as a flight attendant taking troops in an out of Vietnam and vacationers to Europe and the Orient, she and her husband travelled from New Zealand, to the British Isles, and finally to Africa where she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.
With a degree in art history, Bobbi worked as a photographer and copywriter. From knowledge gained by her employment at Sierra Designs, she started the Angler’s Calendar and Catalog Company in 1975. The calendars sold to thirty foreign countries and her business won Exporter of the Year for the State of Idaho (1993 small company category).
Bobbi was a twenty-year member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, an Arnold Gingrich writing award recipient with Fly Fishers International, and a nine-year Idaho board member to The Nature Conservancy. She continues to write periodic travel series in The Connection, a Lenoir City newspaper in Tennessee.
Bobbi was past President and is currently Chair of the Retail Committee for the Authors Guild of Tennessee. As the author of six books, she gives numerous book presentations throughout the United States.
Interview by Katie Elyce Jones and Bobbi Phelps Wolverton March 2015. Enjoy!