Tricia and the ForceCast Talk Diversity

This week I had the pleasure of joining the ForceCast to discuss gender and racial diversity in Star Wars, including how aliens work into that mix. This discussion was tied into a couple of great articles on Eleven-ThirtyEight: Rebels, Kanan Jarrus and the Race Factor and Senseless Sexism in the Galactic Empire. Although it’s not directly tied to Star Wars, I would like to point out another piece on Jim C. Hines’ blog written by Michi Trota, an Asian-American woman who discusses the important reasons diversity is necessary in science fiction and fantasy.

From the show notes:

Justin Bolger joins Eric Geller to discuss Star Wars Rebels character reveals, a super-sized Star Wars Weekends, and the trailer for The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions. Then, as Rebels prepares to take us back to the Original Trilogy, Eric and Justin talk to FANgirl Blog’s Tricia Barr about racial and gender diversity in the Empire, the Rebel Alliance, and the galaxy as a whole.

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This was a fantastic discussion, and I encourage fans to check it out.

Tricia has completed her first novel, Wynde – a military science fiction with a fantastical twist that features heroines Vespa and Gemini. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to

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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