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Lower Decks Interview: Frank Hawkins, USS Athena

We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border.

I’m Ens. Frankie Ryan of the Constitution for the Community News team, and this month I’m interviewing the writer behind Frank Hawkins, Assistant Chief Engineer of the USS Athena. Ensign Hawkins has been a member of the Odyssey-class vessel since since 239312.07. His character double-majored in science and engineering.

Ryan: Tell us a little bit about the writer behind the character Frank Hawkins. Who are you and where in the verse do you come from?

Hawkins: Hello everyone. Thanks so much for the interview. My name’s David, and I hail from the state of Florida in the United States, although I spent a good part of my life in Texas.

Is this your first experience of simming or have you done similar forms of roleplaying before?

I’ve had no prior simming experience. I’ve had plenty of writing experience in the form of short stories, and collaborative writing. However I haven’t been part of any group this large. I’ve mostly written one-on-one with a writing partner, or a small group of no more than 3-4 people. We didn’t use any special formatting, and although I’ve written in screenplay format, SB118’s particular style was new to me.


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