INTERVIEW: James Luceno

In just over a week, National Novel Writing Month kicks off. My novel Wynde isn’t quite complete, to some extent due to the success of FANgirl Blog, which I started in part as a means to raise my visibility in the geek community. In September the blog reached a significant milestone, earning one million hits in a single month. That’s some great momentum to build on, because this summer I had committed to using the month of November – specifically because of the camaraderie of writing with others – to put the finishing touches on my book.

At Celebration VI, Linda Hansen-Raj, Mary Sheridan, and I had the pleasure of interviewing several Star Wars Expanded Universe authors. Independent of each other, our questions seemed to come back to a theme: characters. While I put my head down and write, each week the blog will post one of the interviews. First up is my discussion with James Luceno, author of Darth Plagueis.

Lucky for me the interview with Luceno came together spontaneously, so I didn’t have too much time to give into my fangirl nerves. We talked about getting inside the head of a character like Palpatine and how the author’s experiences traveling have helped influence his storytelling. Click to read the complete interview.

Many thanks to James Luceno for taking his time, and also to Ryder Windham for making the introduction.


Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She also writes about Star Wars for Random House’s science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu.com and for Star Wars Insider magazine.

In her spare time, Tricia puts the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.

For updates on all things FANgirl follow @FANgirlcantina on Twitter or like FANgirl Zone on Facebook.

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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue.

Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.

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