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My New York Comic Con schedule -- plus my fall tour events

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It's been an incredibly busy month following the release of Star Wars: A New Dawn and leading up to the debut of the Rebels TV series this past weekend. I think I've been on half the podcasts out there — and there's been a whirlwind of interviews. And the response has been gratifying — there were a passel of very nice reviews out there. There isn't time to list them all, but Roqoo Depot has a nice roundup here — with the latest just coming in from the New York Daily News

The job's not done, though, as I'll be promoting this book and others throughout the fall. At New York Comic-Con this weekend, I have several signing slots and a panel:

Thursday, October 9, 6 p.m.: It's not an official signing slot as I will be coming into town just an hour or so earlier, but if I can make it I'll be signing at the Random House/Del Rey booth (#2204) after 6., October 10, Noon: I'll be signing at the 47North/Amazon Publishing booth, #860. We'll be giving away copies of my Overdraft: The Orion Offensive book while supplies last. And whether you're there or not, the prequel short story is available for Kindle free during the convention!

Friday, October 10, 1-2 p.m.: I'll be signing at the Random House/Del Rey booth (#2204). While supplies last, we'll be giving away Advance Reader Editions of A New Dawn.

Saturday, October 11,  Noon-1 p.m.: I'll be signing at the Random House/Del Rey booth (#2204). While supplies last, we'll be giving away Advance Reader Editions of A New Dawn.

Saturday, October 11, 3:15 p.m.-4 p.m.: I have a New Dawn panel with Del Rey editors Shelly Shapiro and Erich Schoeneweiss, Lucasfilm fiction editor Jennifer Heddle, and Rebels voice actor Vanessa Marshall! This one is in room 1A14, with a signing to follow at Table 19.  

Sunday, October 12, 10-11 p.m.: I'll be signing at the Random House/Del Rey booth (#2204). While supplies last, we'll be giving away Advance Reader Editions of A New Dawn.

And whether you're at the convention or not, you can enter a drawing for signed books in the Random House Book Hunt by posting a photo of yourself with one of my books to one of the social media listed on the RHBookHunt rules page, here.

Then after New York Comic-Con, things keep on going with stops in the Midwest and Southeast:

Saturday, October 18, 1-4 p.m.: Signing at Galaxy Comics & Games in downtown Stevens Point, Wis. There'll also be a Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game event with an adventure module based on an engagement in Star Wars: A New Dawn, written by Nathan Patrick Butler. (Thanks, Nathan!)

Saturday, October 25, 1-4 p.m.: Signing at Powers Comics in Green Bay, Wis. This is part of the new Halloween Comicfest celebration going on in comics shops across the country.

Tuesday, November 11, 7 p.m.: Signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Kentucky. This will be my first Kentucky signing!

Wednesday, November 12, 7 p.m.: Signing at Barnes and Noble's West Towne location in Knoxville, Tennessee. I'm a UT-Knoxville alumnus and this is my first major bookstore signing in town.

Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16: I'm guest of honor at Atomacon in N. Charleston, South Carolina. This is my first time visiting South Carolina!

Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 23: I'll be rounding up the fall swing in my hometown with the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Con.

That's got it! See you somewhere!


Star Wars: A New Dawn rises in stores today!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

And... it's a book! Star Wars: A New Dawn releases today in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook formats.

It's a great honor to write a Star Wars book, as always — and particularly given the introductory role this story plays. I hope you'll enjoy it. UPDATE: Check out my blog post about the book — and my life as a Star Wars fan — at the official Star Wars blog!

You can learn more about the book here — and plenty of other places, as I've spent the last month promoting the book on podcasts and in interviews. I have a sampling of the links available below (Updated 9/3):


A NEW DAWN features:

A NEW DAWN Interviews (spoiler-free):

Bleeding Cool
Club Jade
Daily Dot
Eleven Thirty-Eight
JediNews UK

A NEW DAWN Podcasts (spoiler-free):

Coffee With Kenobi
FarFarAway Radio
Full of Sith
Rebels Report
Roqoo Depot

There are more to be added to that list, for sure.

"Harrumph. That blasted Miller mentioned Slyssk's flatcakes --
but he forgot to name the restaurant! Can't get good help these days."
I also have an interview in the new Star Wars Insider, which also includes an excerpt of the novel and some art based on it by cover artist Doug Wheatley.

Buy the book! You can get the book at your local bookseller, or one of these fine internet entertainment emporia:

Hardcover: AmazonBarnes and NobleBooks-a-MillionIndieboundRandom House
E-book: KindleiTunesNook 
Audiobook: AmazonBarnes and NobleAudible


You can also get signed copies of the book and/or audiobook from my shop.

Finally, I will be appearing at New York Comic Con, Oct. 9-11; hope to see you there!


The long-awaited update! My San Diego schedule and more...

Friday, July 18, 2014

And... I'm back! No, it really wasn't my intention to go three months without a post here. But I was in lockdown writing Star Wars: A New Dawn and Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown — both of which are completed and with their respective publishers. There followed a week of unconsciousness — and now, I wake just in time for... San Diego Comic-Con?

It's been a busy year, to say the least. Which is why I have said the least, on the blog. My apologies!

But I can alert you to a variety of things. First of all, Del Rey has just made a free Sampler edition of its four upcoming Star Wars novels available for download. It features previews from my A New Dawn, James Luceno's Tarkin, Kevin Hearne's Heir to the Jedi, and Paul S. Kemp's Lords of the Sith.  I'll post links to additional services as I learn of them.

Since I last posted, Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown has been completed and now has a preorder page up at Amazon. It was a blast to write, and I'll be sharing more details about it as time goes on.

Next up on my agenda is Comic-Con International: San Diego, where I will be signing all four days for Random House/Del Rey in the Star Wars pavilion in the main hall. I will also be appearing on the A New Hope panel with Lucasfilm and Del Rey's team, as well as Star Wars: Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni and voice actor Vanessa Marshall. I'll also be attending the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers' panel, where my last hardcover,  Star Wars: Kenobi, is up for a Scribe Award. The schedule:

Thursday, 12-1: Del Rey signing

Friday, 7:30: Star Wars Fan Breakfast
Friday, 2-3: A New Hope panel, Room 7AB
Friday, 4-5: Del Rey signing
Friday, 6-7: Scribe Awards, Room 23ABC

Saturday, 4-5: Del Rey signing

Sunday, 1-2: Del Rey signing

Now, those Del Rey signings offer a really cool bonus: a limited edition Advance Reader Edition of Star Wars: A New Dawn, in paperback. These are available only at the booth in San Diego; don't ask for 'em, because I won't have 'em! But I will be happy to sign yours.

That is it, for the moment — though there's more news in the works, and some of my fall events are coming together. Hopefully it won't be too long until the next posting!


My secret Star Wars mission (and no Bothans died in the process!)

Friday, April 25, 2014

I like to keep my characters in motion as a writer -- but sometimes, the writers are the ones in motion. So it was in March, while I was finishing Star Wars: A New Dawn, my new novel for Random House. (Read more about it here.) The publisher asked me to make a fast trip out to Lucasfilm in California, to be part of their Expanded Universe appreciation video.

It was definitely something I wanted to do, but the complication was that I was already scheduled, after finishing the novel, to throw everything in the car to run down to Memphis, where I had a public library event and a full slate of panels at Midsouthcon. This situation involved more than a simple suitcase! It took some juggling, but we worked it out so I would fly to San Francisco first, then to Memphis. We shipped my supplies one direction, while I went another. I flew out in a howling Midwestern snowstorm: a few hours later, I was walking Union Square. One guess which had the better weather!

The day of the shoot, Timothy Zahn was already in the car when the driver picked me up. In pure fan mode, I promptly got him to autograph my copy of Heir to the Empire -- which still has its first-week-of-sale discount wraparound banner around it, and appears in the video. Tim said back then they weren't entirely sure how well the book would do, after such a long absence for Star Wars fiction: the wraparounds came off pretty quickly after a few days of sales.

Tim had never been to Lucasfilm before, but I had visited once in the summer of 2007, to read the script for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in advance of writing the comics adaptation. So I thought I knew my way around when we were dropped off at the complex. In fact, I promptly got us lost for half an hour, before Jennifer Heddle, Leland Chee, and Pablo Hidalgo rescued us.

I must invoke a different franchise in admitting "I'm a writer, not a guide!"

We had lunch with the team, shot our videos, and got the grand tour. I had seen some things before but it is always amazing: because of Lucasfilm's collection with ILM, there are artifacts commemorating dozens of films. Jennifer took a picture of us outside with the Yoda statue. (And believe me, I was looking for that statue in trying to find the place!) It was a great trip.

And then it was on to my regularly scheduled events. I couldn't say anything about where I'd just been, of course; I managed to make it through seven panels and multiple signings without collapsing. I was delighted to have been a part of it. My thanks to Random House and Lucasfilm for making it happen!

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My new novel: STAR WARS: A NEW DAWN rises at Random House!
The news is out! I can at last share the project I've been working on this fall and winter: STAR WARS: A NEW DAWN is my new hardcover adult novel release, set for release this September from Random House/Del Rey!

The novel (my first Star Wars work since Kenobi) is set several years after Star Wars: Episode III -- and several years before the upcoming animated television series Star Wars: Rebels. As you can see from the cover, two of the main characters of that series, Kanan and Hera, have major roles in the book. This is the first novel integrating input from the Lucasfilm Story Group, which manages story concepts across all media, and so in addition to working with Random House's team I both got inspiration and feedback from the series' executive producers, Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman, as well as Pablo Hidalgo, Jennifer Heddle, and Leland Chee.

A New Dawn is a rollicking adventure set in the darkest days of the galaxy, when even the thought of organized resistance to the Empire seems an impossible fantasy. But as our characters find, one doesn't always get to decide when the best time is to act. And set as it is during the Imperial period, A New Dawn gave me the opportunity to explore a variety of topics, including how the Empire manages to grow so quickly, injecting itself into all spheres of individual life. I really enjoyed writing it! And I love finally getting to work with Doug Wheatley, who did the cover!

As part of all this, Lucasfilm has an announcement about the future of the Expanded Universe—as well as a video piece about the EU past, present, and future. Lucasfilm and Random House secretly flew me and Timothy Zahn out to film it: more about that trip here.

Star Wars: A New Dawn will be available on September 2. The preorder pages are already live at several sites:
Barnes & Noble:

If you're new to my writing, please take a look around the site. I have behind-the-scenes pages on all the works I've done (spoilers, beware!), for comics, games, and prose.

In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter at @jjmfaraway, on Facebook, and you can also sign up for my newsletter. May the Force be with you!


Double release day! Star Wars KOTOR Omnibus Vol. 3 and new Insider

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Double release day — and in fact, double Star Wars release day!
First off, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Omnibus Vol. 3 hits stores today. The circle is now complete, as someone said: this edition includes KOTOR issues #38 through #50 and all of the War miniseries. (You can read my behind-the-scenes pages on the individual issues starting here.) It features art by Brian Ching, Dean Zachary, Andrea Mutti, Pierluigi Baldassini, Ron Chan, and more, with colors by Michael Atiyeh, letters by Michael Heisler, and edits by David Marshall and Freddye Lins.

This wraps up the KOTOR series from Dark Horse in three nice volumes; all will have been reprinted except for the KOTOR Handbook and the letters-page "holocrons" from the second year. It is also the last volume of my Star Wars material to come from Dark Horse: Knight Errant and Lost Tribe of the Sith came out too recently to be collected before Dark Horse passes the publishing reins to Marvel at the end of the year. (But the graphic novels for those series are still available.)

The Omnibus will be available also as a signed edition from me (as soon as I get them): check out my shop page. I should also have some at ComicFest in Denver the weekend of May 2. (I will be there all three days, and will have several panels on Sunday.)

Next, move over to the magazine aisle where you'll find Star Wars Insider #149, where I have the "Red Five" column this month, discussing favorite characters from the Expanded Universe. It's a fun one.

That's what I have for you today — though, as always, follow my Twitter for news as it's announced, or sign up for my newsletter using that box over there to the left. It's been another very busy work-month — and the home repair guys are outside pounding on the roof, making repairs after the rough winter. I'd better get back to writing, to pay for all this...


2014 Scribe Award Nominee list announced -- fortified with Kenobi!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers has named its nominees for the 2014 Scribe Awards, and I am pleased to report that Star Wars: Kenobi has been nominated in the category for best original novel set in a speculative tie-in universe. It's a great list of books and short stories by a wonderful slate of authors, and it's an honor to be included.

The 2014 Scribe Nominees (thanks to fellow nominee Dayton Ward for the full list):

Novel Adapted
47 Ronin by Joan D. Vinge
Man of Steel by Greg Cox
Pacific Rim
by Alex Irvine

General Novel Original
The Executioner: Sleeping Dragons by Michael A. Black
Leverage: The Bestseller Job by Greg Cox
Leverage: The Zoo Job by Keith R. A. DeCandido
Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad
Murder She Wrote: Close-Up on Murder by Donald Bain
Speculative Novel Original
Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox by Christa Faust
Star Trek: From History’s Shadow
by Dayton Ward
Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
Supernatural: Fresh Meat by Alice Henderson
Supernatural: The Roads not Taken by Tim Waggoner

Short Stories
“The Dark Hollows of Memory” by David Annandale
“Locks and Keys” by Jennifer Brozek
“Mirror Image” by Christine M. Thompson
“Redemption” by Robert Greenberger
“Savior” by Michael Jan Friedman
“So Long, Chief” by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane
Young Adult
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 by Stacia Deutsch
The Croods by Tracey West
Kevin by Paul Kupperberg

Blake’s 7: The Armageddon Storm by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
Dark Shadows – 33. The Phantom Bride by Mark Thomas Passmore
Dark Shadows – 37. The Flip Side by Cody Quijano-Schell

This is my second nomination, following Star Wars: Knight Errant a couple of years ago—and it is, again, an honor to be included. The presentation is at Comic-Con International: San Diego this summer. Congrats to all the nominees!

In other news — did I just go the whole month of March with no blog posts? Yes, I did — although during the time since my last posting I worked by tail off on projects yet to be announced, ran down to Memphis for an event at the Hernando Public Library and Midsouthcon for a big slate of panels, and then this past weekend attended the anniversary celebration at Galaxy Comics, Games, and More in Wisconsin. Check out my Facebook and Twitter feeds for photos — and for news of what I have coming up, once it can be reported. I also hope to have notes up on Star Trek: Titan - Absent Enemies before too long.

In the meantime, back to work!


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