Padawan’s Journal #45: Writing Non-Human Characters or I Fell in Love with a Droid

I often get asked which character in a book was the hardest, easiest, or most fun to write. Some writers say they hate answering those questions. I enjoy them. When it comes to the Star Wars novels that Michael Reaves … Continue reading

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Padawan’s Journal #44: Squeeee!

Monday, I think it was, I got a ping from my friend Bryan and the Star Wars fan site Knight’s Archive saying, “You’re aware, aren’t you, that the cover of your upcoming novel, THE LAST JEDI was just revealed at Comic … Continue reading

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Star Wars, Dave Trowbridge, and the Zing! of inspiration

by Sherwood Smith I want to talk about Book View Café’s newest member. It’s the summer of 1977. The buzz along our apartment building in Hollywood is that Star Wars is better than it sounds. I’m thinking, gheck. Except for … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal #42: The Power of the Force

As many of you know, I’m working on a new Star Wars novel. The untitled fourth volume in the Coruscant Nights series. I can’t tell you much about it, except that it’s going to be a long read and that … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal #41: Look-ups—When You Know It’s Real (New!)

When does a book become real to the writer? I could give all sorts of whacky or insightful or cosmic answers to that having to do with a writer’s precognition of her character’s essence or the fleshing out of said … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal #40: The Last Period

What happens when you put that last period on a novel? It’s done, right? Finis. THE END. Wrong. There’s still a lot to do. After I put the last period on the very, very first draft of Shadow Games (a … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal #38: Terra Incognita

Well, I finally did it. I stumped the experts. Michael and I determined to set Shadow Games in a variety of locales but, as things transpired, a little-used location will be the scene of the penultimate confrontation and an epic … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal #37: Real Men Don’t Use Maps…

I’m booking a tour for our holostar, see, and I’m deeply involved in looking at the layers and layers of solar systems, worlds and space lanes in the GFFA. Alderaan is a central and civilized Core world, so is Corellia, … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #36: Star Wars Zoology—To Say Nothing of the Dog

The teaser for this week’s blog asked: What if your hero needs a dog? For a writer of Star Wars novels, this is a legitimate concern: I might find myself writing something about Dash Rendar having a dog as a … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #35: Forceful Women

It all started with Princess Leia, of course—the long line of heroic women from the Galaxy Far, Far Away. When we first meet Leia, she is a grainy holographic image that is somehow clear enough in its basic outlines (ahem) … Continue reading

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