Tim Lebbon is currently working on the Star War novel DAWN OF THE JEDI - INTO THE VOID. I was curious to know just how you get to write a Star Wars novel and what's involved. Tim was kind enough to answer a few questions.
THE BEARDED TRIO: Welcome to the Star Wars expanded universe. How did you manage to get involved with the Star Wars universe?
Tim Lebbon: I knew an editor at Star Wars Books from when she worked at another publisher, and when the Dawn of the Jedi novel cropped up, she thought of me! So Del Rey approached me, and I said yes after thinking about it for about a second.
T.B.T: I see you mention on your website that you remember watching Star Wars when you were seven. Were you a big fan of the Wars? Did you have any of the vintage Kenner toys?
T.L: Yeah, I was a big fan. I don't remember owning any of the toys, though my wife says she had the Millennium Falcon. Wish she still had it...
T.B.T: What is your favourite Star Wars moment?
T.L: There are many, but I really love the battle on the ice planet Hoth.
T.B.T: The title is called Dawn Of The Jedi. Will this be based on the Dark Horse comics centred on the early days of the Jedi Order?
T.L: Yes. The full title is Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void.
T.B.T: How far through the novel are you? How long does it take to write a Star Wars novel from start to finish?
T.L: The novel's going really well, and it takes however long it takes. It's an interesting process writing in a universe that's already so well established, and one that I'm enjoying immensely.
T.B.T: Is there a big difference in process and approach in writing a Star Wars novel to say one of your previous novels?
T.L: The only huge difference is ensuring that I'm paying attention to the whole Star Wars mythos that surrounds the story I want to tell. Other than that, I still want to tell an engaging story well, same as when I write any novel.
T.B.T: Does ensuring continuity in the Star Wars universe become an enemy or a friend when writing a Star Wars novel?
T.L: It's a friend, as it can open opportunities for cross-referencing characters, places, or events. And that can be fun for me as the writer, and the reader as well.
T.B.T: How much research do you have to do to complete a Star Wars novel? Do you have a regular contact at Lucasfilm or Del Rey to give you any knowledge of the expanded universe as well as the movies?
T.L: Yes, I'm in constant contact with my editor at Del Rey, and the comic writer and artist, John Ostrander and Jan Duursema.
T.B.T: Who shot first?
T.L: Han, of course.
T.B.T: When are we likely to get our hands on Dawn Of The Jedi ?
T.L: Spring next year, I believe,
T.B.T: Again thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. Good luck with the novel. Really can’t wait for this one.
You can find out more about Star Wars Dawn Of The Jedi - Into The Void and about Tim Lebbon and his other novels at http://www.timlebbon.net/
THE BEARDED TRIO