It’s my pleasure to introduce Dawn Chapman.
Dawn is the author of The Secret King Series, and Director of TSK Productions Ltd.
She 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.
Awesome Bio. Can you tell us a little about yourself and The Secret King?
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 likeminded people, so I joined an online writing community, this is where I met one of TSK’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 TSK’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 TSK team is 14 strong, and growing.
Obviously you’ve had a great deal of exposure in your various endeavors. What’s your views on social media for marketing, and which of them have worked best for you?
Dawn: Twitter, and Facebook are pretty good, but it’s been a hard year with them. I’m on lots of other platforms too, google plus linkdn. Etc.
What marketing strategies do you find most helpful? Any resources you would recommend to other authors or aspiring authors?
Dawn: The best book I read on this – Book Reviews- How to get them and what to do with them. – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01AGLXPOU/ OR https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AGLXPOU/
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Dawn: People love free books, so yes it does work to generate interest and sales because if they love it and they got it free they’ll tell all their friends about it.
In your opinion, is being a writer a gift or a curse?
Dawn: I love it, so a gift. But then also a curse… it’s like sometimes I do nothing but write. I’m always on a computer, and my social life suffers.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Dawn: Write everyday. Join some really good groups. Listen to other people especially early on in your work. Don’t get upset with critiques. Grow thick skin and quick. Or you’ll never make it out there. Writing crit sites can be tough, but it’s even tougher on Amazon….
Links for Dawn
All information on TSK can be found here now.
Production Website – http://www.tskproductions.com/
Main TSK Website – http://www.thesecretking.com/
Production – https://twitter.com/ProductionsTSK
TSK – https://twitter.com/TeamSecretKing
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