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In 2012, the author formerly known as Carma Dillon began publishing some of her work under the name of Chan to honor her beloved stepdad, John Wang Leong Chan.


Background Information

Carma Chan was born in Los Angeles and moved to Utah around Kindergarten age.  Her mother married John Chan after being abandoned with six children.  John cared for her children as his own pride and joy.  Ruth and John added two more children to the family, a boy and a girl. 

Carma's family is mostly Mormon.  She stopped going to church at age twelve and never returned.  At age fifteen, she began attending Bible studies at the Shiloh House in Salt Lake City and joined the commune during her sophomore year in high school.  At age seventeen, she married a Vietnam combat veteran. 

Carma began writing poetry at age twelve and has never stopped writing creatively.  Her work can be found online at most ebook retail sites and libraries.  She attended UCLA 2005-2007, where she was mentored by Professor Richard Walter.  Her first screenplay earned numerous honors. She is currently writing a movie about her stepfather, titled MY REAL DAD. 

Carma is co-producer and script consultant for an precedented CGI movie based on the legendary aardvark, CEREBUS, created by Dave Sim, adapted for the screen by Oliver Simonsen.  The film is in post production and investors are eager to view the director's first cut. Daily production notes are posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Birth Place
Los Angeles, CA United States
Accomplishments

UCLA Letter of Recommendation
October 29, 2009

To Whom It May Concern

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,

Professor Richard Walter
Screenwriting MFA

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2009 KIDS FIRST! Best Script for Ages 8-12
SAARDU: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
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2009 AOF INTERNATIONAL
Winner - Best Script for Children
Top 5 - Science Fiction Feature Scripts
SAARDU: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

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2009 FANTASTIC PLANET Top 10 SciFi Scripts
SAARDU: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
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ZOETROPE SCREENWRITERS WORKSHOP
Top 3 Scripts, Reviewers' Favorites
Mar'08 - #2 SAARDU: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Aug'07 - #1 A TEMPORARY SANITY
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Honorable Mentions:
* Yosemite Film Festival 2009 Commendation
* Screenwriting Expo 2007 - Top 20 Readers Favorites

Additional Information

The Saardu Series is available for e-readers at the Kindle store on Amazon. If you do not own a Kindle, free apps are available for reading Kindle books with PCs and other Win/Mac gadgets. If you are a proud owner of a Kindle, you can borrow books for free in the Kindle Library! The Saardu Series is written for teens and bright younger readers, and intended to be an enjoyable otherworldly escape for adults who love imaginative works of fiction. It is unlike anything out there. Check it out! Just Google Saardu and you'll find the current links.

Favorite Links

Ebooks by Carma Chan
Author interview and list of titles available in all digital formats.

Cerebus Film
Get the latest news about Cerebus the Aardvark at Facebook.

Saardu Limited 1st Edition Paperback
Pristine gift copies signed by the author and illustrator are listed by Amazon seller IMAGINATION UNLEASHED. Others offer cheap used copies.

@Carma_Chan
Follow Carma_Chan on Twitter for occasional updates.




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