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Paul S. Kemp Talks About His Star Wars Novel

Posted By Mike on November 1, 2008

Paul S. Kemp recently talked with Bookspot Central regarding his upcoming Star Wars novel, Crosscurrent, featuring Jaden Korr and The Great Hyperspace War. Click here to check out the interview and see an excerpt below.


"Jay Tomio - You expressed a desire to have a principle vehicle as a relative unknown. I guess we can assume obvious reasons in terms of creative maneuvering, but was there something you wanted to specifically avoid?

Paul S. Kemp - Well, I wanted to maximize my ability to run with a character, and that meant minimal backstory and little exposure in the EU novels. After poring over the various Essential Guides to the Star Wars universe, I settled on Jaden Korr. Obviously I want to tell a Star Wars story, something that fits squarely into the lore and feel of the setting, but I also want to tell a Star Wars story that is mine, if you know what I mean.

Jay Tomio - You have friends who have written in the Star Wars Universe, did you get any advice from any of them - or perhaps somebody else reached out - that you can share?

Paul S. Kemp - Bob Salvatore provided the door through which I first contacted my editor at Del Rey. Heís gracious that way. Bob rarely provides advice, as such, though he might have told me not to screw it up. It was years ago so I may be misremembering.

At this last GenCon I met Mike Stackpole and asked him about his experiences writing Star Wars. He didnít offer direct advice either, but he said if you write a good book, the fans will love you forever. Write a bad one, and there will be hell to pay."






Thanks to Zee Zee at SWBooks.co.uk for the heads up!


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