So in the midst of all my happy news about Star Wars, I have just gotten some distressing news about Aaron Allston. As many of you know, Aaron, Troy Denning and I are working closely together on FATE OF THE JEDI, a nine-book Star Wars series. Aaron’s book OUTCAST was just published on March 24 to good reviews and a #3 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list. Aaron himself was out touring to promote the book.
On April 3, he suffered a heart attack and was admitted to a hospital in Texas. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery and currently is in intensive care but stable condition.
Aaron’s family has set up a blood donation sponsorship. If anyone in the Dallas area would like to donate blood, you can go to the National Blood Exchange http://www.aabb.org/Content/Programs_and_Services/National_Blood_Exchange/ or Carter BloodCare http://www.carterbloodcare.org/. Say that you are donating blood for Aaron Allston, patient of Carter Blood Care in Bedford, TX, and give his sponsor number: SPON 047786.
Please send any well-wishes to:
c/o Del Rey Books
New York, NY 10019
But please DO NOT send any perishable items or flowers, as Aaron will not be able to receive anything this week.
I had a wonderful time meeting Aaron a year ago when we all first brainstormed this series together. He is a warm and humorous man and made me feel very welcomed right away. His writing is playful, fun, exciting, and moving. He has my hopes and prayers and I’m sure all of yours as well. If you’re in the Dallas area and would like to donate blood, please know that you are doing something positive to help someone who truly deserves it. Please spread the word!