Jay Tomio - "Your next book is a Star Wars book, Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. Luke is probably the modern iconic ‘farm boy’ character, a character that often times is unfavorably viewed in comparison to a Han Solo. In the recent Legacy of the Force series I really enjoy Jacen’s sense of urgency when considering Luke, saying something to the effect of “the galaxy if full of dead bodies who underestimated Luke Skywalker”. I’ve greatly enjoyed your Star Wars novels because you seem to be able to apply dimensions that seem new, but also really seem like they shouldn’t be - and I was wondering, who is Luke Skywalker to you and what part of that development will you be focusing on in this upcoming novel?
Also, I read a statement by you that used the term “pre-Zahn” - was that simply used as marker in terms of time or do you find the creative tone/direction change after the Zahn trilogy and how would you describe/differentiate the two if that is the case?"
Matthew Stover - "Luke Skywalker & the Shadows of Mindor deals with Luke’s painful transition from soldier to full-time Jedi. It offers an explanation of why he leaves the military behind forever, and what shapes him into the character we will later see in Dark Empire and Tim Zahn’s Thrawn novels. For who Luke is to me, you’ll have to read the book; that’s what it’s all about, after all.
By “pre-Zahn,” I meant that I wanted to take a step back from the galaxy-spanning epic that the modern Expanded Universe has become. I wanted to write something in the spirit of Brian Daley’s Han Solo trilogy—something that would evoke more Splinter of the Mind’s Eye than Heir to the Empire, if you see what I mean. It’s not an imitation of Daley or Foster, because I just can’t pull that off—I lack Brian Daley’s light touch, and to detail all the ways in which my work is different from Alan Dean Foster’s would require something along the lines of a master’s thesis. But that’s what I was shooting for: crisp and fast-moving, fun to read even the second or third (or twelfth) time."