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In this new department, we're going to feature the interviews conducted by writer and Star Wars fan Doug McCausland. Unlike other interviewers, Doug draws from his knowledge of the Star Wars expanded universe to ask the kinds of questions that EU fans are interested in. The answers are often surprising and funny.

 

AUTHORS

KEVIN J. ANDERSON

DAVE WOLVERTON

 


Kevin J. Anderson

The following interview was originally conducted by writer Doug McCausland in 2014 for the twentieth anniversary of the classic Legends (Expanded Universe) trilogy, Jedi Academy. You can reach Doug at douglasjmccausland@gmail.com.

 

Though Timothy Zahn’s quintessential Thrawn trilogy is credited with kickstarting the Expanded Universe, it was Kevin J. Anderson who really sent the Star Wars mythology in a million new directions. In addition to co-penning the fan favorite epic from Dark Horse Comics, Tales of the Jedi, KJA also wrote 1994’s Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice, and Champions of the Force (making up the Jedi Academy trilogy), 1995’s Darksaber, and the Young Jedi Knights series in the latter part of the decade. Anderson is also an experienced editor, having edited three volumes of Star Wars: Tales compilations.

 

I recently had the chance to speak with Mr. Anderson as a delayed celebration of the Jedi Academy Trilogy‘s 20th anniversary (the third installment was released on October 1, 1994). During our half hour conversation, we had the chance to speak about a multitude of topics, including long standing fan controversies like the “superweapon of the week” trope of the mid-90’s, the characters Kyp Durron and Admiral Daala, and the rebranding of the Expanded Universe as non-canon “Legends”. Also read on to learn which fan favorite Star Wars character nearly met his demise in the early 90’s…

 

Jedi Academy really distanced the post-Return of the Jedi books from the influence of Jedi itself, really throwing the characters into the next era of Star Wars. Was this a conscious decision of your own, or was this really a mandate from Lucasfilm?

 

A good thing about a 20th anniversary is me scratching my head and thinking, “Wow, that was 20 years ago!” The main thing was when Dark Empire came out from Dark Horse, and Tim Zahn was doing the Thrawn trilogy, those were almost experimental shots. At the time, there was a great deal of resistance in the publishing house. “Why do you wanna do more Star Wars? Star Wars is dead, there’s no more movies. Why would you want to do this?” When the Dark Empire comics and Tim’s books came out, they were sort of independent.

 

Nobody really knew whether Star Wars was gonna take off. Some of the people behind the projects had great faith, obviously. Tim wrote a terrific trilogy, and Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy did a terrific job with Dark Empire. They made history and took off. Tim’s Heir to the Empire hit number one on the New York Times Bestseller’s list. Star Wars fans supported it like crazy! Then we were off to the races. Now it wasn’t just a one-shot, it wasn’t “let’s make a Star Wars book and see what happens”. This was a real thing, like the Star Trek books that were all over the place.

 

I was the second person asked to do a trilogy, and we sort of were in a position that we knew it was going to go somewhere, it wasn’t just figuring out if people were into Star Wars. Lucasfilm and Bantam Books had big plans. They realized there were going to be a lot of books. All of us together made the conscious choice. I was in a meeting at Skywalker Ranch when this was discussed, whether the future Star Wars books would tell an ongoing story or standalone adventures that you could just read one and not another. For the readers who don’t know, the Star Trek books took the latter approach. You could pick up a book and it was a Star Trek adventure; you didn’t have to read them in order and know how one fit with the other.

 

For Star Wars, we decided that this was a history. Each novel would take place in a certain timeframe, what happened in previous books would have an effect on the current one. Tim Zahn’s trilogy actually happened before Jedi Academy started, building up a universe. Once we had that sort of premise, then we can start mapping out the history. It seemed an obvious thing that if Luke was trained as a Jedi Master and most of the Jedi Knights had been massacred, but there were still people with potential to use the force, then he would try to bring the Jedi Knights back. Of course, that was a game changer, and we had the chance to introduce a lot of cool Jedi characters to use!

 

One of those characters was the young Jedi trainee turned Sith apprentice Kyp Durron, controversial among both fans and in-universe characters for his extreme tactics in stamping out the fragments of the Empire, stealing the Sun Crusher superweapon and essentially going on a killing spree. However, seeing how he arguably shortened the Galactic Civil War by several years, do you see Kyp as sort of a “necessary evil”?

 

He was a necessary demonstration, because Luke had been warned of the potential of falling to the dark side. Yoda tells him that training isn’t easy and he needs to watch out for certain things about being exposed to that kind of power… obviously, which we can see through Vader and Palpatine and everybody else. If Luke was just suddenly willing to train a whole bunch of people, it seemed necessary that he sees that he’s going overboard. Not everybody could handle the power that he was giving them. Kyp Durron was a very interesting rise and fall, rags to riches kind of thing. He was an underdog street kid from the lowest levels of society. He had nothing going for him but his potential to use the force.

 

Somebody from that part of society being catapulted into a position of power and influence, realizing he could do the necessary thing… some of us might think he went a little too far. In that end, he’s a demonstration that the Jedi Knights need to be checked and monitored, that they can’t just go and impose their power and take over everything. And of course when you have a person with that much potential in the force getting their hands on such a super-powerful weapon, the Sun Crusher, that’s a very dangerous mix.

 

At the same time, who knows what would have happened if Kyp didn’t blow up the Cauldron Nebula and wipe out Daala’s forces. She was preparing to go on a suicide run to Coruscant with a kamikaze Star Destroyer.

 

Well, I guess you could look that he did good things, but he did a lot of damage. He went to the dark side and got redeemed, and to me that’s a perfect character arc, where you have a naïve, powerless person who gets his power, goes overboard, and redeems himself. A lot of the Star Wars characters, not just Kyp, have followed that path.

 

On the topic of Kyp and the Sun Crusher… a staple of 90’s Star Wars literature was the “superweapon of the week” trope. Every year seemed to spawn a new, crazy weapon: the World Devastators, Galaxy Gun, Sun Crusher, and Darksaber. Some fans think it’s ridiculous in retrospect; however, the way I see it, you worked in a government lab for 12 years…

 

I worked in a lab where we did government stuff, we built nuclear weapons and advanced technology… I know what that attitude is! If you’ve got the technology of the Death Star, you keep building it! If you have a repressive government like the Empire, they’re not gonna say, “well, we have enough weapons, we don’t need any more!” They’re gonna keep designing them. But that’s kind of what some of the fans were joking about, but they didn’t get it!

 

What I wrote in Darksaber was all about that: in Darksaber, the Hutts get a hold of the Death Star plans and build their own. It’s not another “superweapon of the week”, that novel is about the proliferation of nuclear weapons. If you start building these things, what happens when Russian mobsters, Middle Eastern terrorists get control of nuclear weapons?

 

Let me back up. In the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union built these nuclear weapons. What happened after that was they started getting loose, and any old gangster/thug could get their hands on nuclear plans. That’s the point of Darksaber: once you have these weapons, they start to proliferate and get out. So it was based on something I was working on, something that’s realistic in politics, not “let’s build a new toy that dominates the last big new toy!” I think some readers just looked at it and said, “Oh boy, it’s just another Death Star laser.” That wasn’t what the book was about.

 

Were Maw Installation employees like Bevel Lemelisk, Qui Xux, and Tol Sivron based on your real life co-workers?

 

Well, when you work for twelve years in the department of energy, department of defense for 12 years, you’re working in a government research lab dealing with these sort of people. You pick up certain personalities. I made fun of a few things with red tape and bureaucracy, the fact that anything gets done. No specific “this character is based on this guy I worked with”… however, the Twi’lek guy, Tol Sivron…

 

Actually, the reason I asked is because of the scene where Tol is bickering with his employees about missed paperwork and protocol as the New Republic fleet is about to wipe them all out.

 

Yeah, that was a specific reference to something that happened at my workplace. The Maw Installation is being attacked, stuff is blowing up, and the guys on the intercom are urging the employees to read the emergency plan and find out what you’re supposed to do, as if they’re gonna dig up the file and read the plan! We had something like that where I worked… we had this big earthquake disaster plan. We were told if some earthquake happened and the building was collapsing, we were supposed to take out our file and flip to the proper page and read the paragraph to understand what we were supposed to do, and I remember reading that thinking… “Well, what I’m supposed to do is get my ass out of here immediately!” [laughs]

 

That was a joke based on a real thing at my work; it made me slap my head that bureaucrats were that clueless about what people in an emergency situation would do. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I would do in that situation is going through my bookshelf and pulling out my employee manual, flipping to the disaster response pages, and reading the paragraph about how I’m supposed to run out of the building…

 

As everything is collapsing around you! Anyway, onto Daala. Jumping a bit forward in the timeline for this question, books you didn’t write yourself. In your trilogy, Daala is driven by bloodlust, not really motivated to do anything but inflict as much damage on the New Republic as possible, killing the Dantooine colony and thousands of Mon Calamari. However, EU writers decided that she would become the Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance in more recent novels. Do you think she actually has the mental capacity to have that kind of power?

 

In the books that I wrote, she was sort of a ruthless, desperate loose cannon. Fans complained that she wasn’t as good of a tactician as Admiral Thrawn, but she’s not. Not at all. She’s a loose cannon who shoots first asks questions later. That means that she did a whole lot of tremendous things and doesn’t become the statesmen until years later. After all of the ordeals that she went through and the crisis she faced, she could certainly grow and learn her lesson. We have certain politicians right now that seem to be hotheads and speaking before they think… they go on to become better leaders.

 

Did you have your own ending/fate in mind for Daala?

 

[laughs] Oddly enough, I had planned to kill her at the end of Dark Apprentice! There’s a big explosion at the end where the Nebula catches fire and wipes everything out. I thought she was going to be killed, and that’s how I wrote it. I had a whole batch of test readers who had read Jedi Search… I mapped the whole thing out, Lucasfilm approved of it, Daala was supposed to die at the end of book two! But man, the test readers wanted to lock me into a room until I rewrote it because they liked the character so much! We basically brought her back from the dead and kept her going. Yes, I was going to kill her in book two, so she’s already lived a lot longer than I ever imagined!

 

I’m under the impression that you wanted to kill Mon Mothma in Champions of the Force, but the idea was vetoed by Lucasfilm.

 

I had suggested Mon Mothma to be killed… we were writing these novels to show the readers that things could change in this universe. This isn’t one of the things where everything’s the same at the end of the book as it is in the beginning. We were writing the history of the New Republic: characters change, people die. At the time, they weren’t quite ready to kill off Mon Mothma, although when you watch the movies, she has one little scene and line. However, she’s important to the government of the New Republic. I proposed killing her, but they at the time decided to let her get better, so I wrote it that way. Of course, my next book, Darksaber, I killed off Crix Madine… thank goodness I didn’t suggest killing off Chewbacca, though! [Read: Vector Prime, R.A. Salvatore, 2001]

 

[laughs] Did you have any other big ideas that were shot down by Lucasfilm?

 

We did a whole bunch of brainstorming… “how ‘bout we do this, how ‘bout we do that?” It seemed that we would paint a target on Lando’s back, that we could get rid of him… [Lucasfilm] decided not to get rid of Lando! I mean, from a writer’s perspective, he was a character who had run his course. But we had done extra things with him since then, so I’m glad he’s still around. I’m sure Billy Dee Williams is glad he’s still around. [laughs]

 

We had all kinds of things, so many projects. I had a total of 54 Lucasfilm projects, if you count all the Dark Horse comics, anthologies, Cantina pop up books… they sure let me do so many things. I couldn’t remember if there were any instances where I’d have a tantrum because they didn’t let me do something. [laughs] If I suggest something, and they had a thumbs down, I would suggest something else!

 

You did have a lot of experience behind the scenes really putting this universe together…

 

At the time, we were all a team of authors. I was in contact with Dave Wolverton, Kathy Tyers, Mike Stackpole, and Tim Zahn, along with Tom Veitch a great deal with Tales of the Jedi comics. We were like a small team exchanging ideas. Tim Zahn would plant something in The Last Command that I picked up on in Jedi Search, and we did that sort of stuff. I’ve been out of the loop for a while, I’m not sure if Lucasfilm writers do the same thing now, but we had a great little team who were building the history of this universe. We were like the worker bees building a foundation.

 

I’m sure you know about the status of the EU now, right?

 

You mean the whole “Legends” thing.

 

Right. Did this news affect you at all, when it was announced?

 

You know, that’s probably the question I get asked more than anything else from Star Wars fans. A lot of them have righteous dignation and come to my defense, or to everybody else’s defense, but it’s been twenty years, and I don’t even know what printing we’re in? We’re fifty something printings into Jedi Search!

 

I never imagined that if they made sequels to the movies, they would pick up on my novels and film them. We were writing our own Expanded Universe books. If you were JJ Abrams, you wouldn’t want to rely on the hundred something books that have been written, you’d want to do your own thing! I’m perfectly content with that. As a writer in the Star Wars universe, I’ve seen a lot of my ideas picked up and seeded into The Clone Wars and Rebels cartoons. They put some of [EU authors’] ideas in the Special Edition. That’s really cool.

 

When you see Darth Maul, when he turns on his double lightsaber, I can point at it and say, “Hey, that’s what we created in the Tales of the Jedi comics!” That’s cool, from a writer’s perspective it makes me so excited to see that sort of stuff. Lucasfilm owns all that stuff; we were writers for hire. Whatever we did, they could do what they want with it. I certainly wouldn’t complain if they wanted to do Jedi Search as a movie. But I never, ever expected it.

 

Some trades reported a while back that a solar-system destroying weapon and Yavin 4, possibly the Jedi Academy, would be appearing in the sequels. We’ll have to see what happens!

 

That would be cool! I would love that, but I’m not counting on it.

 

I just want to backtrack a little bit before we wind down, picking up on a line from Dark Apprentice. Lando and Han are discussing the pharmaceutical uses of glitterstim spice from Kessel, and Lando says to Han something along the lines of, “I know you wouldn’t have smuggled spice if you didn’t know the benefits of the substance.” Is Han really not as much of scoundrel as we were led to believe in the original Star Wars?

 

That was actually from some discussions with the Lucasfilm people. I was writing Han going into the spice mines of Kessel, where he used to smuggle the spice out. I was told by some politically correct people at Lucasfilm, “Spice can’t be a drug because Han was smuggling it… that makes Han a drug dealer! You can’t have one of our main characters be a drug dealer!” I said, “It’s spice, and he’s running Imperial blockades, what did you think it was?” They said, “Well, it’s like a food flavoring!” He’s not gonna be flying through Imperial blockades with a ship full of oregano! [laughs] It was actually a discussion.

They didn’t want Han Solo to be a guy smuggling drugs, because he’s one of our good guys. I went, “You know he was a scoundrel, and he redeemed himself and joined the Rebel Alliance?” It got to the point that we were butting heads enough that we sent a letter to George Lucas to settle our conflict: was space a drug? A food additive? Something else? George wrote back. I love this; he wrote back, “Of course it’s a drug!” My compromise was to not make it something like crystal meth that people were dying from; we had to make some decent aspects of it. Han still is our main character, you don’t want him to be Walter White selling crystal meth!

 

Would you ever return to Star Wars if you were asked?

 

Oh, absolutely. I love Star Wars! It made my career, and I went to see Star Wars the first week it came out. Yes, I’m that old. It’s a big influence on my life and I’d love to do it. The real problem for me is twofold: I’m running a publishing company, I’ve got a whole bunch of books under contract, I do seminars and several trade shows a year, so fitting it into the schedule is tough. The hardest part right now is getting up to speed again. When I was writing the Jedi Academy trilogy, it was an unexplored landscape, and we could make up a bunch of stuff. Right now, even when you take the old EU books and call them Legends, there’s so many books I haven’t read, so much has happened, and it would be hard for me to jump into it again. I’m sure we could figure out something if they wanted me to write a Rebels episode…

 

That would be a cool gig.

 

There’s a lot of potential there that we could work on. We’ll see. I loved my time with Star Wars, I’m pleased with what I did, and I’m amazed the fans are still around after twenty years, people who come up to get their battered old books signed to say it’s the first book they ever read. It makes me feel satisfied with the whole experience.

 

Before I go, I’m going to ask you this on behalf of Jedi Council Forums member Unicus to provide some much needed closure: Was the Sith Lord Ludo Kreshh’s name a pun on the word “ludicrous”?!?

Not at all. [laughs] Not at all, sorry! I think I got it from the movie Labyrinth, that big, hairy, crusty creature was named Ludo, if I remember correctly. I don’t know where Kressh came from. He’s just reading too much into it. [laughs]

 

Dave Wolverton

This interview with Dave Wolverton was conducted by Doug McCausland on November 17. 2014, published in its entirety on the Jedi Council Forums shortly thereafter. Wolverton’s Star Wars novel, The Courtship of Princess Leia, had recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary.

 

Conducted in the back of my car on a cold night in upstate New York, this interview features Dave touching on Han’s characterization as a love crazed stalker, Prince Isolder’s status as “Space Fabio”, and the effect of vocal minorities while dealing with such a franchise.

 

Lucasfilm later utilized elements of this interview in Star Wars Icons: Han Solo, a hardcover book chronicling the history of Han’s character development in both the Expanded Universe &  post-2014 canon.

 

What was the creative process of TCOPL like? Did you have any influences?

 

What happened was Bantam came to me and asked, “Are you interested in a Star Wars novel?” I said, “Sure, what about?” They said I could pick anything I liked in a certain timeframe. Of course I had read a few previous books, the Tim Zahn novels, and of course Han and Leia were married. I thought, “It can’t be easy for those two fiery personalities!”

 

So I wanted to do something that was romantic and would bring more women into the Star Wars universe. Really, the people in power in the Star Wars universe tend to be men. I wanted to do something there; that’s how I came up with the idea of the Witches of Dathomir. It was just fun.

 

I got together a bunch of screwy ideas and some fans who were Star Wars fans, and I threw the ideas out there to see which made people’s eyes sparkle, where they would get excited and go, “Oh, cool idea!” They’d start throwing out their own ideas. It was a matter of being asked to do it, getting the friends together, go the ideas out, turned it into an outline, faxed it over to my editors, and it was pretty much approved! Very, very minor changes.

 

We went through George Lucas and he signed off on each point. When he got done, he wrote me a little note that said, “Great job, I can’t wait to see it!” It was that easy to get through the approval process. Of course, once you write the story, they read to make sure you wrote what you said you would, and it’s up to their standards. Really, it was a painless process that was pretty much all of my creation and I just felt lucky and grateful George Lucas signed off on it!

 

Are you aware of how important the mythology of Dathomir, your creation, ended up being to The Clone Wars TV series?

 

Yeah! I remember when I wrote it, I hoped that other people who were writing the Star Wars universe and making future books, movies, and games would make use of it. I’m glad to see that it was used for video games and the TV series. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll see a witch of Dathomir in an upcoming movie!

 

The Imperial Warlord Zsinj and his ship, the Super Star Destroyer Iron Fist, was your creation originating in TCOPL. However, Zsinj didn’t play much of a role in the story besides being the context of the action. His backstory would later be fleshed out in Aaron Allston’s Wraith Squadron novels. Did you give any input?

 

Not really! I wrote my Star Wars books and got off on other things. I worked with Kevin Anderson and Kathy Tyers and some others, but I haven’t had much contact with many of the later authors. I’m just delighted people are picking up some pieces and using them in their own stories in the Star Wars universe!

 

I thought a really interesting implication in TCOPL was that Luke realized that Darth Vader and Palpatine never sought to kill him, facing the full brunt of the dark side when the Nightsisters attack and pretty much feeling completely helpless.

 

The “contagonist”, which is what Darth Vader is called, there’s a person who works for an evil power, a dark lord, but has his or her own agenda. It seemed obvious to me that Darth Vader looked at turning Luke very early on. Luke had never felt the full force of what the dark side is, at least in episodes 5 and 6. Vader was pulling his punches! That seemed pretty obvious to me. The idea that, “Gosh, somebody who doesn’t care for me at all who is with the dark side is trying to destroy me!” just seems sort of a logical next step in Luke’s character arc.

 

A huge point of the novel is that Han goes kind of “love crazy” after Prince Isolder enters his and Leia’s life, to the point that many thought Han was acting out of character. At one point Han decides to shoot Leia with a mind control weapon and shove her into the cargo hold of the Millennium Falcon just to have his way. Chewbacca even offers to beat Han up for Leia when he learns this!

 

At the time, I was a fairly new father with several kids. I was very interested in the fact that when my children were stressed out, they would regress! So I got to thinking about that and watching to see if adults regress too. I can see many of us do when we’re put under heavy stress. The idea of “what if Han was stressed?” kind of clicked with me. What would he regress to? Having been somebody who was a drug dealer and things like that… this kind of concerned me, because I knew I was taking him back to a dark place that we really didn’t see too much of.

 

He starts off as an anti-hero. By that, what I mean is that he’s a bad guy who joins the good guys. He has a lot of skills as a gunman, as a criminal, that he brings to the Rebellion’s table. When I looked at writing this novel, I really wanted to say, “If he regressed, and he regressed back to that time, what would he do?” I just kind of looked at the crazy things people do in relationships and really see what I could get away with. That was my biggest concern when I outlined it, because I knew that there would be some people who would be like, “Oh, no, that would never happen!” There are people who don’t want to believe he was ever a criminal.

 

I got a little photo that has Harrison Ford sitting by his mailbox saying “I shot first!” There’s that revisionist history where people say, “oh no, he was just defending himself!” That’s not what he was doing. He was defending himself, in advance. The whole point here is that he came from a dark side, and I wanted to go back and explore what that might have been like a little bit. Yeah, he is a little bit love crazy, he is a little bit of a stalker, a criminal. It’s just kind of taking it back to that. There’s a certain part of me that said you shouldn’t be able to always anticipate what a character is gonna do, or why they’re gonna do it. I wanted to try to layer in some motivations a little thicker and different from what people anticipated.

 

The Star Wars movies really have a lot of humor in them. A lot of funny one liners, and stuff like that. I felt that the novels weren’t really trying to capture that humor. I also wanted to do just that with Han, too… it’s just something that lines up. [Doug’s note: What a man! Solo.]

 

I was coincidentally going through some very similar relationship problems at the time so I could totally understand/relate to Han. Of course, I didn’t have a mind control spear! Anyway, the novel had two covers: a bridal Leia with Prince Isolder, and a more action/adventure oriented reprinting with Han holding his blaster amid the backdrop of a rancor. I know you probably don’t have anything to do with the choice of cover, but was the change in cover done out of concern to sell to young boys?

 

I didn’t have any say over the covers. When they were gonna create the covers, my editor came to me and said, “What does Isolder look like?” So I told her Fabio! The guy with all the muscles on all the cover of all those romance novels. He was really getting hot right about that time. She kind of just groaned and said, “I knew you were gonna say that!” I wanted a hunk. Big, muscular, the perfect man. I think part of that came from just a couple of years before that. I had a good friend, we were both pre-med students. He was pretty intelligent, a wonderful singer, played the guitar, he was athletic… every time I got into a room with a bunch of girls I saw the eyes go to him. I just felt I couldn’t compete! I remember thinking, “The only way to really compete is to get him married… or kill him.” [laughs]

 

I wanted Han to be in that kind of a relationship. He felt he just couldn’t compete. Isolder’s richer, stronger, and more handsome than him. A higher moral character… Isolder basically beat him in every way. And that’s what love is about. Love is kind of crazy. It doesn’t always make complete sense, and I wanted to show that side of it too. The idea that Han and Leia had a history, and his belief that underneath it all she really did love him, I wanted to bring that out. When you’re in love with somebody, you really know just what’s going on in their head, and wat the chemistry really is. I think I wanted Han to feel that in his gut and act on that, despite whatever rationale Leia may throw at him.

 

Your other major addition to the Star Wars canon was the Expanded Universe backstory of Dengar in the Tales of the Bounty Hunters compilation. What was the process of being assigned different characters for the anthology, and what was your inspiration for Dengar’s personality (or lack thereof)?

 

The characters that we did already had a little biographical information sketched out by the Star Wars sourcebooks. [Kevin J. Anderson] had said, “Okay, here’s our characters and what we know about them. Who do you want?” Of course, everybody grabbed the same person, more or less. Dengar was probably my second choice. He’s sort of a somber character to me, and I just wanted to capture that worn out feeling that he had in his life. That was just a lot of fun.

 

I worked as a prison guard for a while in college, and there were a number of killers. I wanted to try to capture the inner deadness that some of them have. That sense that you are just a sociopath and completely gone. In the Star Wars universe, he basically had his brain altered and turned into that kind of person. However, I did choose someone else over him, and I can’t really remember who it was…

 

I’m guessing everyone was trying to grab for Boba Fett!

 

Yeah. Everybody wants Boba Fett.

 

You must have a busy schedule with all of your other projects, but would you ever return to the Star Wars universe if you were asked?

 

I would absolutely love to! All I’m doing is waiting for someone to say, “Hey, that Dave Wolverton guy would be fun to work with!” When it was announced that Disney was making the new Star Wars movies, my very first thought was, “I hope they get somebody as good as JJ Abrams to come in and work on it!” I was pleasantly surprised when JJ Abrams was the guy they picked. I’m interested to see what he does artistically, with a new and updated vision of what the Star Wars universe would look like, and story wise. So yeah, I’d love to work on Star Wars again! Hopefully I won’t mess up Han Solo again. [laughs]

 

Hey, I wasn’t knocking you when I asked that!

 

But it is true. That’s the one thing I got hit with. You can’t judge fan reaction to a certain degree. I did get a fan letter from George Lucas! You know that no matter what you write, if you take any chances at all, you’re going to get criticism, and if you don’t take any chances, you’ll also get criticism. It’s one of those things where you know you’re gonna have somebody to disagree with you somewhere. There’s gotta be at least a couple hundred million Star Wars fans, easily, and I think at least 10 of those will disagree with me!

 



More interviews to come...

Note: Any unpublished or out-of-print Star Wars story will be taken down if/when officially released/reprinted

Supernatural Encounters

Cult Encounters

 

The unpublished Heart of the Jedi Novel

 

The unpublished Adventures in Hyperspace #3

 

Interviews with Star Wars EU Authors

Clone Wars: Way of the Warrior

Droids and Ewoks Animated Series

Bonus: Holiday Special Cartoon

Online articles from 2004–2012 removed from the official website's Hyperspace, Starwars.com and Star Wars Blog.

Rookies: Rendezvous

Rookies: No Turning Back

 

The unpublished Adventure Journal #16

The unpublished Adventure Journal #17

The unpublished Adventure Journal #18

Fate of the Jedi: Imprint

A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale

 

  

Clone Wars Webcomics Seasons 1-3

Evasive Action:

Reversal of Fortune

 

Evasive Action: Recruitment

 

Evasive Action: Prey

 

Evasive Action: End Game

 

Translated Spanish Droids & Ewoks Comic-Books

(For the history of this series, go here)

 

Translated Plaza Joven Droids & Ewoks Storybook PDF

(For the history of this series, go here)

 

  

Hungarian Han Solo Books (PDFs)

 

Sourcebooks, supplements & RPG Adventures

 

Lost Prelude to Rebellion webcomic

 

 
More to come!