Coffee Break 017: Andrew Chapman

This is Andrew Chapman. He’s a good dude.

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OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS I fully realize it has been approximately 700 years since I last released a podcast episode. I should probably do what all of the SMART podcasters do and simply announce a “Summer Schedule” just because of all the stuff that goes on in the summer that keeps me from podcasting. But I’m not that smart.

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Anyway, I am simply thrilled to be back, this time featuring screenwriter and television producer Andrew Chapman. In addition to writing scripts for Disney’s Pocahontas and TNT’s spy thriller “Legends“, he has also sold pilots to ABC, Fox, Amazon, ABC Family, and Sony, and published his first novel, The Ascendant, in 2014.

In short: Andrew is a way cool dude and I think you’re really going to enjoy our lively conversation about the upsides (and downsides) to television writing, novel writing, staying true to your voice as a writer, the apprentice system in Hollywood, creating an “addictive” book or TV show, and tons more.

And oh, hey! Andrew has also just published his second novel, The King of Fear, which was initially released in serial form (i.e., three novellas or “episodes”), much like Dickens used to do back in the day.

You can listen to today’s episode using the controls above or on iTunes, and while you’re at it, be sure to get your own copy of Andrew’s books, visit his website, or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

Originally published at on July 27, 2016.