Biographies & Memoirs

By Betty Dravis

Publisher : VonChase Publishing Company


ABOUT Betty Dravis

Betty Dravis
What readers are saying about Betty Dravis…

"Betty Dravis is a fantastic mix of Shirley Jackson, Edna Buchanan and Janis Joplin. Don't ask me how I came up with that unlikely comparison––I just feel it, and I haven't been drinking much tonight...." - Mark L More...


"Dream Reachers" is a magical mix of success stories and interviews with people who have dared to stretch to reach for their dreams. From living legends to legends-in-the-making, the subjects of this book let their imaginations soar.
In this book, author Betty Dravis shares her experiences as a young journalist when screen idols, like Clint Eastwood and Jane Russell, walked right out of the limelight and into her life...for brief, memorable moments.
In addition to writing three other novels, Dravis is an award-winning journalist and former talk show host.
Co-author Chase Von, a celebrity interviewer and poet, has two published books. In "Dream Reachers" he shares his current interviews with high achievers in the arts: actors, writers, painters, photographers, musicians, singers and dancers. As these achievers tell you in their own words why they keep stretching to reach their dreams, they enchant the readers with their determination, inspiring them to DREAM BIG.
With over forty compelling stories and interviews, highlighted by captivating photographs, this literary work casts new light on what it takes to be a Dream Reacher. These are stories of how even disasters can turn into dreams, challenges into opportunities, with the right attitude of perseverance and determination. Whether you dream of walking the red carpet in Hollywood, taking the Big Apple by storm, having a cottage with a white picket fence––or all of those pleasures––this book will inspire you to “stretch” to make your dreams come true.

What are readers saying about DREAM REACHERS?

Kim Kline (LA/Hollywood), Award-winning Vocalist

ONE IN A MILLION! I told Chase Von he was one in a million years ago! Now I have to say Betty Dravis is one in a million, as well! Dream Reachers rocks! (more about Kim Kline, LA Music Awards Best Vocalist, etc.)


Matthew G. Sherwin (New York), Amazon Top 50 Reviewer

DISCONNECT THE PHONE AND READ THIS NOW. Dream Reachers by Chase Von and Betty Dravis had me turning pages faster and faster as I read along; I can't believe how fascinating these interviews and memories really are! Chase and Betty write very well to say the least; and their passion for interviewing people from all walks of life shows through very clearly. This book explores the importance of working hard to achieve your dreams as the authors share interviews and stories of the people they interviewed over time. The numerous photographs that are in this book are very well presented and they all show good artistic judgment. Moreover, a portion of the book's proceeds goes to The Breast Cancer Care Research Fund and to Stem Cell Research; I think that's very special. (see more from Matthew G. Sherwin)


Rebecca Vincent (Los Angeles, CA), Reel Vision Entertainment

SUPERB READING AND VERY INSPIRING! This book is a real gem. Betty Dravis and Chase Von do an outstanding job of collecting the best interviews and photos compiled into one outstanding read.

I found so many of the interviews to be so interesting and touching. I have learned a great deal from reading this book and it is a must have for any industry professional or aspiring artist. (see more from Rebecca Vincent)


Steven A. Peterson (Hershey, PA), Amazon Top 50 Reviewer

A SOFTER LOOK AT DREAM REACHERS. This book with both authors and subjects of different generations works well as a whole. The focus? The acknowledgment by Betty Dravis outlines this nicely: "Through hard work, determination, and faith in themselves, [these artists] have done the impossible, achieving beyond their wildest dreams. They are the ultimate 'Dream Reachers'. . ." Chase Von notes in his Foreword that, after having found a publisher willing to see his interview with celebrities/artists emerge as a book, he asked Dravis to add her earlier interviews with people like Clint Eastwood, Jane Russell, and Ann Sothern (among others).

The end result is odd, with reflections on artists from many years ago juxtaposed with current artists. Yet, the wedding of these interviews and reflection
s works nicely. 
(see more from Steven A. Peterson)


Aberjhani (Georgia), Author-Poet, "The American Poet Who Went Home Again"

BLESSED BY THE COMPANY OF DREAM REACHERS. I've been lucky enough and survived long enough to share pages, via such outlets as anthologies and magazines, with some fairly extraordinary company, including luminous folks like Amiri Baraka, Pearl Cleage, Sean "Puffy" Combs, the singer Maxwell, Eugene Redmond, Kalamu ya Salaam, Susan L. Taylor, John Edgar Wideman, Tiger Woods, and quite a few others I greatly admire and respect. But if someone had given me 100 chances to guess that an interview profile of me was destined to occupy pages in the same book as profiles of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood and political powerhouse Ted Kennedy, I'm pretty sure I would have missed that particular target every single time. (see more from Aberjhani)


Paul Kyriazi, (Hollywood/Japan), movie director, audio book producer, author, Bond Life

THE INTERVIEWS ARE ENLIGHTENING, but it's the dual writers’ stories of preparation, excitement and nervousness––in meeting the celebrities––that make this an oh-so-fun read. And who wouldn't be nervous interviewing "Dirty Harry?"