2009-08-02: MilSciFi.com interviews Mark O. Chapman, author of the
military science fiction novel, Scout Squad: Going Native.
MilSciFi: "Welcome. Please tell us a little
something about your novel."
Chapman: "At the heart of the story is a
brother and sister. They are twins and
the first to be born on a planet and the brother is born with a mutation. He has to cope with being an outcast his
whole life. They both become Scouts for
the military and while searching the new planet, he finds people with the same
mutation as his."
MilSciFi: "Is this part of a large series or
Chapman: "As people are reading it they want
to know more about this universe and the characters, I have put a fair amount
of detail into it the background to be able to create whole universe."
MilSciFi: "What inspired you to write this
Chapman: "No one thing in particular, I have
been writing since high school and when I get the start of a story in my head,
it is like a tree and takes root and grows a life of its own."
MilSciFi: "Does science and technology play
an important role in this story (or in your work in general), or is it
secondary to the story telling and characterization?"
Chapman: "My stories tend to be character
driven, using the science and technology to help drive the story along."
MilSciFi: "Do you have plans to expand upon,
or write other works based on this novel?"
Chapman: "I am currently working on the
MilSciFi: "Most authors we encounter write
novellas/novels, do you write short stories, and if so do you find it a
Chapman: "When I went into college, I tended
to write shorter stories, especially for my writing classes, but now I like to
have time to build my characters."
MilSciFi: "What advice would you give the
aspiring military science fiction writer?"
Chapman: "Write. Even if it is only a few minutes a day, a
writer should write every day absolutely possible. The only way a writer gets better is to write."
MilSciFi: "Who is your single-most influence
in science fiction and what impact have they had on our own work?"
Chapman: "No one writer can be pinpointed as
a most important influence to my writing.
I enjoy such a wide variety of writers that in some way they are all
MilSciFi: "What is the one thing you find the
most difficult about writing military science fiction?"
Chapman: "I find the classification itself
the most difficult part. Science fiction
itself has such a wide variety that I have a difficult time classifying my own
MilSciFi: "Is military science fiction the
only thing you write, or is there something else out there we should be looking
Chapman: "I write everything from military
science fiction to contemporary fiction.
My main interest lies between fantasy and science fiction."
MilSciFi: "Do you have any other projects in
Chapman: "I have half a dozen projects
either in draft or bouncing around in my head.
My second novel I plan on having published is a fantasy piece."
MilSciFi: "Do you have any upcoming author
Chapman: "I just finished up Shore Leave 31
outside Baltimore, Maryland and I am trying to set up a table for
Capcon. I am working on some local
author events in Northern
Virginia and Maryland (open to book signings or other author
events if someone is interested)."
MilSciFi: "Thank you, for your time."