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The Star Wars Leia Book

Yesterday I finished a complete draft of the Star Wars Leia novel. Yay! I haven't turned it in yet, because I want to spend the next few days reading over parts of it and poking at it and polishing a bit more before I send it in on Friday.

Questions I expect people will have and my mostly inadequate answers:

What is the title?

I don't know yet. Usually either I think of a title mid-way through writing a book and it is the perfect title and all titles fall before it, or I can't think of anything and finish the book and wonder what the hell I'm going to call it. This was the second one. I gave the editor several suggestions and so we're waiting for somebody to come up with something else or decide one of those is wonderful and convince everyone else of it.

When will it be out?

I don't know yet. Maybe at the end of the year? I'll post it here as soon as I know.

What is it about?

Okay, I do know that one, but I'm not sure how much I should say yet. I'm also crap at describing my books so I may wait until someone who is good at it writes the little blurb-description paragraph. It does have the other characters in it, but is about 75-80% Leia's POV. It takes place about two years or so after A New Hope.

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Other than that, I'm tired and stressed out and kind of depressed. I would like to take a short vacation, but the only place we can afford to go is Galveston (it's only about a 2 and half hour drive away) and it's a little too cold to enjoy at this time of year, at least for me. I don't have time for much of a break, because I need to get started on the sequel to Emilie and the Hollow World which is due this summer. I think I will take a couple days off next week to catch up on doctor appointments I'm supposed to have, take the cat that's due for shots to the vet, get my hair cut, dig the yard out from under the piles of leaves and broken branches, etc.

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Posts I did recently:

* Twentieth Year Anniversary and Links
It's been 20 years since my first novel, The Element of Fire, was published.

* Don't Let Then Take Your Reynards This is a re-post from 2011, where I tell the story of how the copyeditor tried to take a gay character out of The Death of the Necromancer.

* I've been trying to mirror posts on my Tumblr here, plus post photos and re-blog cool stuff, etc.

Happy 20th anniversary, by the way. :)


Congrats on finishing the book!

Woohoo! I'm sorry there's no vacation in the near future, because you deserve one. But I'm thrilled about the new book.

Thank you! Yeah, we'll probably end up waiting until March or April and then trying to get down to Galveston for a couple of days.

You wrote a Princess Leia book? That just made my entire week.

I got the contract in September -- it all happened pretty fast.

You + Princess Leia book? Sounds amazing!

I am very psyched to read both this and Emilie and the Hollow World. Yay books!

I hope you feel better.

Thank you! :) I think once I have time to de-stress a little, I'll feel better.

Yay!

Maybe a spa afternoon as part of your staycation? Can be a nice break and lower cost than a real trip.

That's a really tempting thought.

I am ridiculously excited about this book! :) And happy anniversary.

2 things I love about this:

1) You wrote a book about Leia. The ways this is a good move are legion and probably obvious to anyone who's a fan of the original trilogy.

2) You wrote a Star Wars book that doesn't (As most more recent stuff seems to) require me to know about 20 years of book-only Star Wars canon to feel comfortable approaching. (I read some of the books, but not once it started getting seriously into the next generation.)