Interview conducted by Linda Hansen-Raj
I once read in a fashion magazine that anyone can define themselves in three words – their “style essence.” I don’t know if that’s true; but it did occur to me as I was thinking about my conversation with Shelly Shapiro that I am able to use three words to describe Shelly: intelligent, interesting, and gracious. The intelligent is obvious from her thoughtful answers to my questions and from her work for Del Rey editing iconic series such as Ann McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern saga and the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels. The interesting describes more than the work Shelly does. In her private life, she’s a potter, plays the guitar (acoustic, finger picking), and bakes. Shelly lives in Maine, working as Del Rey’s Editor-at-Large, from her “cubicle at the end of the Universe.” The gracious comes across in her willingness to answer my numerous questions candidly.
We began the interview by talking about a subject we both enjoy – Shelly and I play Jedi Knights in Star Wars: The Old Republic, Bioware’s MMORPG video game. And there’s a lot more, too.
In case you missed it, last week at Suvudu Shelly Shapiro and Erich Schoeneweiss shared a favorite convention moment. Shelly will be joining Jen Heddle of Lucasfilm at Celebration for the “What’s Coming From Del Rey” panel on Friday at 10:30 a.m. on the Behind the Scenes Stage.