Browsing through my ‘To be Read’ pile, trying to choose my next book to read, one novel in particular stood out. I haven’t had a chance to read many true science fiction works. Chapman’s book is listed in the space opera sub-category of the science fiction genre. It all sounded intriguing. I was interested enough to ask the author a few questions before diving into her book. Make sure you follow Books & Quills Magazine – you won’t want to miss my review coming soon.
‘Dawn Chapman has been creating sci fi and fantasy stories for thirty years. Until 2005 when her life and attention turned to scripts, and she started work on The Secret King, a 13 episode Sci Fi TV series, with great passion for this medium. In 2010, Dawn returned to her first love of prose. She’s been working with coach EJ Runyon who’s encouraged her away from fast paced script writing, to revel in the world of TSK and Letháo as an epic prose space journey. She’s had success with a web series, co-written with ‘Melvin Johnson’, produced by Nandar Entertainment. This year her experience of working with Producers/Directors from the US and AUS has expanded. From Drama, Sci Fi to Action, Dawn’s built a portfolio of writing, consulting and publishing.’
Question: What genre would you say the book falls into?
Answer: Space Opera with Science Fiction and Fantasy elements.
Question: Are there any trigger warnings and/or explicit content readers should know about?
Answer: There is some violence, and an M/M developing relationship, but nothing sexual.
Question: Do you have any upcoming events? Feel free to elaborate .
Answer: We have just released our next two Audio Shorts. From The Secret King as a series. Which will be an illustrated anthology as well. The Truth Hurts and Brie’s Results, narrated by the fab Holly Adams. Both Holly and Greg are working on more for us and I’m really excited to have them onboard with us for TSK’s projects.
Question: What is next for you? Do you have anything in the works?
Answer: I am working on book 2 from the series, First Contact. A short blurb for it might read something like –
After evacuating Letháo and fighting off their ancient enemy, the Aonise arrive in Earth’s solar system. First Contact isn’t without its frustrations. With food and supplies running low, Kendro compromises with the leading government in the hopes his people will have a permanent new home.
Question: Are there any Easter eggs in your book(s)?
Answer: No, should there be? Lol
Question: What was your favourite book when you were growing up?
Answer: Malanie Rawn’s Sun Runner Series. I loved her fantastic worldbuilding.
Question: What piece of advice from other authors do you hear the most but choose to ignore?
Answer: I would never ignore any advice given to aid me.
Question: What’s your favourite food? Have you ever mentioned it in your book(s)?
Answer: Not as yet, and my favourite food would have to be pudding. Sticky Toffee to be precise.
Question: If your life was a book, what would be the tagline?
Answer: Struggling with her inner most demons, Dawn Chapman escapes into Sci Fi to survive one day to the next.
Question: What advice would you give new writers?
Answer: Write every day, network and find friends who you can rely on and work with, forever. They’re your most valuable asset.
Question: What has been the worst mistake you have made in your writing career?
Answer: I think in not sending off The Secret King script, when it had great feedback from some UK companies. I doubted myself a lot at that time, when my ED was at its worst. I learned not to self-doubt by getting the right help. But it’s been a long road to recovery.
Question: What is the best moment you have had with a fan?
Answer: Just sitting across the table from them and listening to what character they enjoyed the most within my world. There is nothing better than someone describing what they loved about your work.
Question: If you could change the date to any year past or future, what date would you change it to and why?
Answer: I would like to spend some time with my Nan and Grandad again. I miss them a lot. They never gave up in believing in me and I’ve very thankful for having them in my life.
Thank you Dawn Chapman for taking the time to answer my questions. You can find The Secret King: Lethao on Amazon.