…a 13-old-girl had her universe completely, utterly, and irrevocably changed.
Yep, I’m talking about Star Wars. Back in the good old days my mom would drop me off for the 1:00 show and pick me up sometime around 6:30. I’d watch that movie again and again and again…absorbing it into my very soul, probably.
Flash forward a few decades to January of 2008, when my agent calls me and says, “Del Rey and Lucasfilms would like to know if you’d like to write for them. It would be three books, hardcover, part of a nine-book series co-authored with Aaron Allston and Troy Denning. And it would be dealing with Luke, Han, Leia, and their children.”
…Some decisions are just easier than others.
The hardest part of all of this was keeping my mouth shut about it. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops, I was so excited. But now I’ve finally been allowed to speak, so here we are!
Last year Del Rey put out a nine-books series entitled “Legacy of the Force.” It was an ambitious and exciting undertaking–three authors, nine books, each author alternating. The three authors then were Troy, Aaron and Karen Traviss. If you look at Karen’s website you can see that she more than has her hands full with many other projects, including more Star Wars novels, and so when the opening came for this one, “Fate of the Jedi,” I got lucky enough to to be asked to step in.
And it’s been wonderful. My editor, Shelly Shapiro, is great to work with, and Sue Rostini over at Lucasfilms–indeed, everyone I have met there–has been fantastic about providing me with needed info about the expanded universe and seems very pleased that I’m on board. Troy and Aaron are of course veterans of the Star Wars EU, and they have made me feel very welcome and part of the team. In March, we all got together and worked the nuts and bolts of this huge story arc, and I have to tell you, I’m very, very excited about what’s in store for the readers. There are some wonderful things we’re going to share with you.
So it took a little while, but that 13-year-old girl who stared in wide-eyed wonder at the adventures of Luke, Leia and Han now gets to write new adventures for these well-loved characters.
Now…the silence was officially lifted on the 15th. Why, you ask, are you waiting until now to say something on your blog? Well, I reply, it’s because I wanted this announcement to coincide with the redesign of my website. It was kind of like announcing an open house party and then realizing your house needed cleaning. My husband Michael very graciously donates his time to designing and maintaining my site, and all was looking good until we had a technical failure and he lost almost everything he’d done. So he had to start from scratch.
The website still has a few things that need to be worked out, but by and large, it’s ready for my Star Wars Open House. So come drop in, take a look at the very cool new design, and enjoy.
And…may the Force be with you.