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Mark O. Chapman's, Scout Squad: Going Native


Mark O. Chapman

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2009-08-02: 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 universe?"

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 story?"

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 sequel."

MilSciFi: "Most authors we encounter write novellas/novels, do you write short stories, and if so do you find it a challenge?"

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 influences."

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 work."

MilSciFi: "Is military science fiction the only thing you write, or is there something else out there we should be looking for?"

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 the works?"

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 events?"

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."

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