Face To Face With The Masters
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Cellblock 1138 - 1997-1999 - 2000 - 2002 - 2003+
Rebecca Moesta Anderson
Name: Rebecca Moesta Anderson
Aliases: Rebecca Moesta; "Becca"; "Reb"
Species: Yes-how did you know? Did you see the movie?
Homeworld: Still shopping around for one
Weapon of Choice: Verbiage
Vehicle of Choice: Dragon
Political Affiliation: Depends on who's asking . . .
We've abandoned our usual format of having Star Wars Characters
interviewing the authors because, well, we couldn't think of anything really good! So,
without further ado, here's Rebecca Moesta!
TheForce.net: Women's roles in the Star Wars Universe have, until
recently, been rather limited. How are you expanding their roles with the Young Jedi
Knights series and what characteristics are you trying to give them?
REBECCA: I'm trying to pass on to these characters the things I
would have taught a daughter, if I'd had one: Be yourself. Women can be good leaders or
mechanics or fighters or whatever, but they don't have to be just like men to do that. I
try to make sure that each character has a good mix of strengths and weaknesses--though
not necessarily the mixes we'd expect in our own Western societies.
TheForce.net: The Young Jedi Knights series is geared toward younger
audiences. How do you stay in touch with what they are interested in?
REBECCA: I have a son, nieces and nephews, friends who have
teenagers, friends who are teenagers, etc. I talk to them and try to find out what they
think about. We also have fans who occasionally give us tips on the psychology of teens.
TheForce.net: You had at one time expressed interest in doing a
Young Jedi Knights Cartoon Series, but that idea was set aside by Lucasfilm. Can you
explain what went on?
REBECCA: A Fox children's TV executive brought up the possibility of
doing YJK as a cartoon, but when Kevin and I approached Lucasfilm on the topic, we were
told that no TV shows or movies in the Star Wars universe could be approved until after
the new movies come out.
TheForce.net: You have another Pop-Up book coming out about Jabba's
palace. Can you tell us about it and will it have more pop up's than the last one?
REBECCA: The upcoming book is the Jabba's Palace Pop-Up Book, due
out in October 1996. The story focuses on one of Jabba's hapless guards who is asked to
find a missing lucky talisman. This quest takes him all over Jabba's palace, with humorous
(we hope) results. The art is all by Ralph McQuarrie, and this time there are two complete
TheForce.net: What other Star Wars projects do you have coming up?
REBECCA: My Junior Jedi Knights trilogy will start coming out in the
spring of 1997. That, along with the rest of the Young Jedi Knights books will keep me
busy for at least the next year.
TheForce.net: With bigger and better special effects always coming
out, what do you think it will take to impress Star Wars fans in the New Trilogy?
REBECCA: A good story line, to start with. I love special effects
done well, but I'll settle for Video Toaster any day if it has a powerful story to go with
it. I know that George Lucas will pull out all the stops to give us state-of-the-art SFX,
but it's how the fireworks combine with memorable characters in interesting situations
that will send us home satisfied.
TheForce.net: Lucas mentioned having three trilogies planned. What
do you think the last one could possibly be about that hasn't been covered in the novels?
Do you think the characters from Young Jedi Knights will show up in them?
REBECCA: If Lucas ever gets around to making a third trilogy (and
this seems to be a rather BIG "if"), he has absolutely no obligation to use the
characters or stories created by the authors, nor any intention to do so, from what I've
heard. This would probably be at least ten years down the road, so it's hard to speculate.
I don't expect to see any of our characters appearing, but we'd be flattered if they did.
TheForce.net: What non-Star Wars stories by you or other authors
would you recommend to Star Wars Fans?
REBECCA: Kevin and I had a lovely ethereal story called "Sea
Dreams" that appeared in the recent anthology Peter Beagle's Immortal Unicorn from
HarperPrism. Some of my old perennial favorites include Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider
books, Lloyd Alexander's Prydian Chronicles, and C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. How
many should I list?
TheForce.net: Star Wars has been criticized by older "Hard
Science Fiction" authors as being unoriginal, commercial, and detrimental to science
fiction as a whole. What is your view on that stance?
REBECCA: Gotta giggle at this one. The "commercial" side
of science fiction is often what gets people to say "Hey, I kinda like this,"
and take a second look at sf. As to lack of originality, that's a tough one. People
accused Shakespeare of the same thing, of course. In a sense, it's impossible to be
completely original. We all rely on shared concepts, ideals, and knowledge to an extent.
Though viewed as highly original, Frank Herbert's Dune drew heavily on cultures of the
middle east-as much so as most Celtic-based fantasies, but his background material was
less well known. The trick is to pull something new and original out of a combination of
elements that may or may not be familiar. George Lucas demonstrated this in Star Wars.
(Independence Day even took familiar combinations a step further, and it still worked
pretty well for most of us. It is possible to take the familiar too far, though-the makers
of Star Trek Voyager could use a swift kick to the rear cheek of their
"originality.") Even among hard sf writers, one can find a goodly supply of
unoriginality and poor writing. That's bad for business no matter where it comes from. I
try to produce accessible books that have strong stories, likeable characters, and
intelligent writing. I don't believe that my books are in any way detrimental to science
fiction as a whole.
TheForce.net: Have you met any of the Star Wars actors? What were
they like and had they read your works?
REBECCA: So far, we've only met Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Kenny
Baker, and David Prowse, all friendly and interesting individuals. As far as I know, none
of them had read any of our books. Mark was by far the most animated (sorry, Batman fans),
talking a mile a minute about his current and future projects. He prefers not to dwell on
the topic of Star Wars, though, since apparently he doesn't get any money out of the
merchandising of his image for decades all over the world (dolls, photos, trading cards,
BendEms, etc.). He does get something on the movies themselves -- but not much, since he
was a nobody back when the terms of his contract were set. If you get the pleasure of
meeting him, please be kind enough to ask him about the Wing Commander CD ROMs and his new
Dark Horse comic, Black Pearl (co-written with his cousin), of which he is very proud.
TheForce.net: Who's better looking, Han Solo or Kevin? (Just
REBECCA: Kinda obvious, isn't it? I mean, despite Harrison Ford's
numerous proposals, I married Kevin. (Hey, I didn't say all those proposals were directed
at me. . . .) Fortunately for me, I consider Kevin one of the sexiest men in this galaxy.
Rebecca's website: www.wordfire.com