I was waiting to make sure it was okay to announce this, but Jennifer Heddle from Lucasfilm/LucasBooks mentioned it on Twitter: @jenheddle Super excited that @marthawells1 will be writing a Leia-focused novel for us, and @KevinHearne a Luke-focused one. Great authors. Can't wait
I'm writing a Star Wars novel! This happened very fast. I got the first call from my agent about it on July 26, the Thursday right before ArmadilloCon, when I was sitting in a hotel room in Austin waiting to go meet friends to go to dinner. I couldn't tell anybody, which was easier than you'd think, because part of me still doesn't believe it's actually happening.
Star Wars was my first fandom love.
When Star Wars came out in 1977, I was 13 years old. I was already a big SF/F reader, but I didn't know anyone else who was. This was long before the internet, and I'd never met any other SF/F fans, and had been told, despite all the books in the library and bookstore, that I was the only one. When you're a kid, it has an effect on you when authority figures tell you things like that, even if intellectually you know it's not true. So I felt very isolated.
There was no cable TV in those days, so my only access to shows like Star Trek was the fuzzy reruns on a station we could barely get, and I had a lot of trouble trying to convince my parents to take me to movies. I read a lot of movie novelizations, and I read the one for Star Wars some time before I was actually able to see the movie.
Star Wars was a huge revelation. I wasn't alone, I wasn't a freak, there were tons of people who liked SF/F and this movie, and here was the proof. I ended up seeing it nine times while it was still in the theater. That doesn't sound like a lot compared to the numbers that some people managed, but for where I was in my life at that time, it was an achievement. I bought as many of the toys and books as I could. I loved the Brian Daley Han Solo novels. I found Starlog Magazine which back then did a lot of articles on fandom, and I discovered fanzines and fanfiction, which led me to finding other fans, SF conventions, and made me a lifelong fan. I chose the university I went to because it was listed in Starlog in a guide to local SF/F cons and fan groups. I joined the university SF/F group, worked the annual convention, and was eventually chairman of it. Over the years, other movies and TV shows took Star Wars' place to a certain extent, but you never forget your first fandom love.
But yes, I'm still freaking out, and I can't believe this was happening.
August 24th, 2012