Carma Chan

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Born 1958 in Los Angeles, raised by platypuses.

Official Letter of Recommendation
from Professor Richard Walter, UCLA Film School

I have known Carma for five years, first as my student in an off-campus screenwriting seminar, and then in my UCLA Summer Session course in advanced screenwriting. She started working on her remarkable SAARDU quite some years ago, and surely would have finished it sooner if she had not put the care and nurturing of a special-needs child ahead of her ambitions as a writer.

Carma demonstrates politeness and humility, and an exceptional dedication and passion for mastering her art and craft. I found her first draft of SAARDU to be original, fresh, and highly marketable. I gave her notes on the script; she accepted constructive analysis with an open heart and mind.

Working with Carma is a joy. She strives always to do her best, yet with a lightheartedness that is contagious. She is gracious and patient and honorable in every way. She has a deep love for storytelling. With her vivid imagination and love for life, she is capable of writing anything she puts her mind and heart to. She has written several screenplays, all of them worthy. SAARDU is, however, in my view the most special among her stories.

SAARDU represents one piece of a vast new myth. It involved challenging choices regarding structure and other screenwriting issues. Through perseverance and diligence she solved all of them. This script is no small achievement. It is worthy of consideration at the highest levels of the industry.

It has been an honor and enchantment to have come to know Carma and to have been able to support her in the creation of SAARDU.

SAARDU is a story of relationships and identity. These are very same themes that lie at the heart of worthwhile dramatic narratives going all the way back to the ancient Greek masters.

SAARDU is another world, in another time, but it is also a reflection of us, here and now. Ruby, the unlikely hero, is endearing and I found myself cheering for her at the turn of every page. Carma has created several strong characters to challenge and guide Ruby.

I promise you'll agree that Carma is a writer worth reading.

Cordially,

Prof. Richard Walter
UCLA Screenwriting Chairman
October 2009
http://www.tft.ucla.edu/2011/09/faculty-richard-walter

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Los Angeles, but grew up mostly in Utah. That had a profound effect on my writing because I was a minority in that crowd even though I was white. My mother had a Chinese last name and my last name was different than hers. The majority of kids in school were white and their parents were married in the Mormon Temple. I was part of a non-traditional family, not by my choice, but because my father abandoned his wife for another woman and left her with six children to feed, and she had not finished high school. So when she married a Chinese chef in 1966, it became obvious to everyone that my parents were divorced and there was a lot of stigma surrounding that. So, I've always felt like a misfit, and it's given me tremendous empathy and respect for underdogs.
When did you first start writing?
At age 12. It began with a love of poetry, especially freestyle poems like those written by Cummings. When I was 14 and in typing class, instead of typing what was in the textbook, I wrote a short story about sexual curiosity. My teacher found out I was typing something creative and told my English teacher, and she begged me to let her read it. I was pretty introverted--I had written 103 poems in 2 years, and had only let one person read my innermost thoughts. Eventually I gave in, because she seemed safe, and she became the second teacher who told me I should never stop writing. For many years it felt like a curse. Since meeting Professor Richard Walter at UCLA, I've grown to love this gift and feel honored to be part of the ancient art of storytelling!
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This Is Suicide: A Conservative Affair
Price: Free! Words: 3,510. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016 by Carma Chan. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Suicide, Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression
(3.00)
Many thousands of depressed people silently attempt suicide every year. This is one survivor's expression of her state of mind at the time she thought about and acted on the unthinkable, published with the hope that it may save a life.
Sweetly Undauntable: A Mother's Legacy
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 56,980. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2016 by Carma Chan. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression
This is a mother's very personal journal for her family to understand her strengths and weaknesses, and theirs. Written by Ruth Carrol Gagne` Chan at the age of 75, she created one home-printed color copy in a 3-inch binder for each of her children in 2009. She later gave permission to her daughter, Carma, to publish her memoirs online for suicide prevention.

Books

Zenyan Honeymoon
Series: Saardu. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until Dec. 31, 2022!) Words: 39,530. Language: American English. Published: November 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Ruthie and Dylan transform all of Zenya as the first humans arrive in the eleventh dimension. Here they encounter a whole new way of being in multiple dimensions at once! Dylan is challenged by a clever rival who hypnotizes Ruthie with an exquisite journey through artistic wonders, including a personal otherworldly experience of the Woodstock festival!
Cerebus Film: An Epic Journey
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
George Lucas, Dreamworks, and Paramount Pictures contacted the creator of this legendary graphic novel series, Dave Sim, to inquire about purchasing the movie rights, but Sim would not sell the creative rights to his work. Instead, he gave his blessing to a fresh, loyal, unknown face to write, produce, and direct the first movie. This personal Mount Everest story will inspire you.
Ruthie Marries A Martian!
Series: Saardu. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until Dec. 31, 2022!) Words: 34,380. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Ruthie Lovejoy turns 20 and prepares to marry her soul mate, Dylan Griffith. Theirs will be the first wedding on Mars! But their honeymoon is horribly disrupted when a dark mystery about the first generation on Mars unravels, and a new mandate requires the young couple to step up and lead the way to justice and eternal glory. PG13 - parental guidance advised for young readers.
Saardu: Earth Calling
Series: Saardu. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until Dec. 31, 2022!) Words: 26,400. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Ruthie Lovejoy has always been the link between Earth and the eleventh dimension. Book 3 of The Saardu Series reveals Ruthie's ancestors on Earth which is on the verge of getting gobbled up by a black hole accidentally created during a particle smashing experiment. Meet Ruthie's great-great-16-more-times-great grandparents as they desperately seek to save the family from extinction!
10 Most Annoying Things People Say to NICU Parents
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,910. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Family tragedy, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Family health
(4.00)
On May 4th, 1992, Carma finally got to take her baby home after 73 days on an emotional roller coaster in a place that felt like science fiction. Surrounded by a sea of babies, most of them weighing under 2 pounds (1 kilogram), kept alive through surgeries, daily being needled, tubed, taped and treated in ways no parent wants their baby to experience.
Cerebus ~ Under the Aardvarkian Spell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture
The victorious muse that spawned an entire industry of self-published comic books now blazes a trail for independent comic book movies.
Saardu: The Next Hero
Series: Saardu. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until Dec. 31, 2022!) Words: 18,890. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A raucous escapade in a world where all the animals are telepaths. Ruthie Lovejoy grew into Saardu's first hero in Book 1, but who will be the next--Orenda or Rascal? Chaos explodes when Ruthie infuriates Rascal and drives a wedge between their friends, with possible banishment to one-dimensional beingness!
Saardu: The First Real Planet
Series: Saardu. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until Dec. 31, 2020!) Words: 46,530. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Ruthie Lovejoy was learning with the Sevens when the weirdest worst day of her life erupted, and now everyone in Triton is about to get dunked in this complex little girl's reality as it collides with the first real planet they encounter on their way to the 11th dimension.

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  • Captain Zap meets the disenchanted robot. on Nov. 13, 2011

    Existentialism and minimalistic genius. I love the contrast of profound angst conveyed with meager illustration. This is a gutsy move by an artist who grew up in the punk/grunge/metal era. I see why so many famous comic book artists have applauded this indie comic.