Carma Chan

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Carma Chan is the fifth of eight children raised by Ruth and John Chan. A trained screenwriter, the following is a letter of recommendation from her UCLA mentor, Professor Richard Walter:

I've 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 USD. Words: 39,490. Language: American English. Published: November 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The 5th book in the Saardu series picks up immediately where Book 4 left off--newlywed Ruby and Dylan arrive at Zenya and are transformed by the nature of the eleventh dimension. Here they will encounter a whole new adventure and challenges to their bond as soulmates and leaders of their generation. Vincent Van Gogh is alive and well and desires his own adventure with Ruby.
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.
Ruby Marries A Martian
Series: Saardu. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,330. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Book 4 of the Saardu series is PG-13, appropriate for mature teens. In this sequel, Ruby is 20 and preparing to marry the love of her life. Her wedding is rudely disrupted by a new mandate and dark mysteries are uncovered as Ruby and Dylan strive together to lead their generation from Mars to Zenya.
Saardu: Earth Calling
Series: Saardu. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,360. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
The adventure continues, this time on Earth, revealing the connection between these two worlds. Ruby is the conduit between Earth and Saardu. She is entirely otherworldly, born in the eleventh dimension, able to have adventures limited only by her imagination and Zenyan Law. In this story, her earthly ancestors must leave Earth before the solar system is gobbled up by a mini black hole.
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 USD. Words: 18,800. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The adventure continues on Saardu with a power struggle over who should be the next hero. Saardu is a wonderful world where all of the animals are telepaths and the people are not. Ruby was the first hero and she chose Orenda to be next, but as a member of a sacred pact, she was supposed to choose her long-time ally, Rascal, a Zenyan. Now Ruby, Rascal, Tom and Herald are in danger of banishment.
Saardu: The Adventure Begins
Series: Saardu. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,330. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Saardu is a world where all of the animals are telepaths and the people are not. Ruby Lovejoy is the first child to hear them.

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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.