Interviewed by IGN on comics, novels and the future of Star Wars: The High Republic recently interviewed me about both the ongoing Star Wars: The High Republic series from Marvel and also the New York Times bestseller, The Rising Storm.

You can find out which three words were written on my whiteboard while I was writing Star Wars: The High Republic – The Rising Storm, the differences in writing books and comics, collaborating with the wider High Republic team and how I’ve already written the last pages of the comic, even though you won’t see them for years.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of my answers, when the conversation turned to the ‘humanity’ of our Jedi heroes…

I’m not interested in Jedi being untouchable gods. I want to see what it’s really like to live this life, to have the pressure of being a beacon of light to the galaxy. There was a lot of talk when we started this story that our Jedi were the best of the best. Yes, that’s true, as far as the galaxy is concerned. But just as those early character descriptions were teasers, place-holders even, the truth of the matter is far more complex. I’m interested in looking at where the stress points are for our characters, the cracks that moments like the events of The Rising Storm and The High Republic comic can break open. Avar Kriss for example is someone who deeply believes she should be the best, that she should shine brighter than everyone else. But what does that mean for her when the galaxy around her gets darker

You can read the entire interview here.

The article also includes exclusive art from Star Wars: The High Republic #7 by Georges Jeanty, Karl Story and Annalisa Leoni. Take a look at the pages featured including the amazing Orla Jareni from Claudia’s novel, Into the Dark.

And yes, that is a Sith!


Image of Roger Moore by Allan Warren CC BY-SA 3.0

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