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 the medium. In 2010, Dawn returned to her first love of prose. She’s been working with coach EJ Runyon, who has drawn her away from fast-paced script writing, to revel in the world of The Secret King and Letháo as an epic prose space journey. You can find her book The Secret King on Twitter and her production company TSK Productions Ltd on Facebook and Twitter.
Q: Before we get started, can you tell us a bit about The Secret King and your production company?
A: The Secret King began its journey in 2007 when I broke my hand. I had a dream and that dream became a feature script. I wanted to learn and find like-minded people, so I joined an online writing community, this is where I met one of The Secret King’s partners Steven Kogan and from that first rough draft of a feature film I began to plot a TV series. I asked Steven if he would like to write inside my world and he accepted, together we penned 13 episodes, and became fast friends over the next few years. In 2010 I started entering competitions and discovering NaNoWriMo was where I found my second partner, Jaime Bengzon, who also came on board with The Secret King’s TV series as a character designer. In 2016 we made it official and formed TSK Productions, with the dream of novels, novellas, comics and animation in our sights. To date the The Secret King team is 14 strong, and growing.
Q: Do you have any advice for other would-be authors on marketing their books?
A: Use as many platforms as you can, talk to people, start to build your network as soon as you can. Don’t hide and then when you hit publish expect there to be sales, it’s not going to happen.
Q: Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A: I was 6 and my parents bought me an old typewriter off the carboot. It was called – Roger the Fox.
Q: What drew you to sci-fi?
A: As a child I always watched Sci Fi, action or drama. So that to me meant there was a world out there, that just begged to be written.
Q: As a self-published author, how did you format your work for publication? Did you hire someone?
A: I’ve had some bad experience with people saying they’d do things for me and not deliver. So I’ve become very fussy in trying out new people. The team works and it works well. But finding them was seriously hard work.
Q: It’s a tough industry. Any favorite motivational phrases?
A: Never give up. Never surrender.
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