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Some moments from my Celebration Anaheim trip

Monday, April 20, 2015

Signing for a princess. Photo by Del Rey.
Back from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, my fourth one of these events and the best yet, in my estimation. I'm thankful to the team at Random House/Del Rey, Lucasfilm, and the event organizers for making it a great experience for me.


While the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was naturally and quite deservedly the big news of the first day — we were all standing in the exhibitor room watching the live event on the big screen above the Lego booth! — I had a fun personal first, doing a seminar on how best to write stories within shared universes.

I've done many panels on writing, but never any really on my own, with a program, before, so it was a bit of a novel experience, no pun intended.


The room was full and we wound up getting started early, giving me the chance to elaborate more on the topic. (The photo at left's from Leland Chee, "Keeper of the Holocron" at Lucasfilm and someone who knows plenty about dealing with milieus with multiple different writers.)

If you weren't able to catch the seminar, you can find an audio recording of it on Tosche Station. It was a fun topic and one I may return to at greater length at some time in the future if enough people are interested.

Photo by Lucas Siegel.
I did several signings with the folks at the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore booth, including a bonus one on Thursday afternoon. (My earlier signing that day overlapped with the trailer's release — I got to see it on Leland's cell phone a little afterward. It looked great, even at cell-phone size!)

I spoke on the Del Rey panel on Saturday, along with Alan Dean Foster, Christie Golden, Jennifer Heddle, James Luceno, and Shelly Shapiro. We announced there the Rise of the Empire collection, a unique volume which brings together James' Tarkin novel and my New Dawn novel, along with some new short stories connecting them and conveying the spirit of life in the Imperial era. I'm writing one of them. The book is out in October and should catch anyone up who missed the earlier volumes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9qQWESbYcA&feature=youtu.be
Photo from the live stream.
I also got to do an interview with tie-in novel legend Alan Dean Foster, who was announced during the Del Rey panel as the writer of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens adaptation. A perfect choice, neatly paralleling his work on the New Hope adaptation years before. I had met Alan before years ago at Midsouthcon in 1993 — but this time I got the chance to talk with him about some of the many tie-in novels he'd written in the past. The interview with the two of us and James Luceno was live-streamed on Star Wars.com, and it can be seen now here at the 5:34 mark.



And then, of course, there were all the great fans and costumers who stopped by to say hi or get pictures taken. I met not one but three Jaraels this year, as well as two Zaynes, all from the Knights of the Old Republic comics.


Again, a great experience. My thanks to everyone who dropped by!

On sale today, I have a short story, "Orientation," in the new Star Wars Insider issue, #157, with art by Brian Rood. It's my first story featuring both the Emperor and Darth Vader, and it ties into Paul Kemp's new Lords of the Sith novel. You can get the magazine from your local newsstand, bookstore, or comics shop.

http://amzn.to/overdraft1Elsewhere, be sure to check out my notes on Star Wars: A New Dawn, posted last week — and, of course, the book, which is now in paperback release.

And as a special bonus, for the month of April, my Overdraft: The Orion Offensive book is just $2 for Kindle users! You can also get the latest adventure of Overdraft star Bridget Yang in Apollo's Daughters, which is on sale now.

And if you're in Wisconsin, here's another event of note: I'll be at the Fox Cities Book Festival this weekend, speaking at 1:30 at the Appleton Public Library.

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My Star Wars Celebration Anaheim schedule

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ahoy there! Here be my tentative schedule for Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, April 19-22:

Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Signing at the Mysterious Galaxy booth

Thursday, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Rule the Galaxy Together: Writing in a Shared Universe, Star Wars University room, 206AB

• This is my first how-to seminar at any Celebration, and I'm pretty excited about it: I've gathered up a number of pointers from my years of working in tie-in fiction for presentation. Whether you're looking to write tie-ins professionally, writing fan-fiction, or collaborating with other authors on a project for prose, comics, or gaming, these ideas can help you out.

I'll touch on things from turning continuity problems into springboards to best practices for preserving future story opportunities for others.

Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Signing at the Mysterious Galaxy booth

Saturday, 12:00 noon to 1 p.m. 
Signing at the Mysterious Galaxy booth

http://bit.ly/SWI157Saturday, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Star Wars at Del Rey panel, Behind the Scenes stage
• I'm on this panel about the past and future of Star Wars publishing with Del Rey Editor Shelly Shapiro, Lucasfilm Sr. Editor Jen Heddle, and authors Jim Luceno and Christie Golden.

There are other events coming together, I expect; keep an eye on my Twitter account for details. I'm @jjmfaraway. As I know more, I will do my best to post there.

Some more fun: I have a short story, "Orientation," in the new Star Wars Insider issue, #157, with art by Brian Rood. It's my first story featuring both the Emperor and Darth Vader, and it ties into Paul Kemp's new Lords of the Sith novel. 

http://amzn.to/overdraft1
Be sure to check it out; the magazine goes on sale April 21. You can get the magazine from your local newsstand, bookstore, or comics shop.

Elsewhere, be sure to check out my notes on Star Wars: A New Dawn, posted last week — and, of course, the book, which is now in paperback release.

And as a special bonus, for the month of April, my Overdraft: The Orion Offensive book is just $2 for Kindle users! Reading material for the plane while you're heading to Celebration...

See you there!

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Star Wars: A New Dawn paperback now available -- plus production notes!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

http://bit.ly/SWNDawnAnd another book for your shelf! Star Wars: A New Dawn is now available in paperback at your local bookseller — and you can also, at long last, find my production notes, trivia, and answers to frequently asked questions here on the site.

It's a wide-ranging document, covering the creation of the book and including trivia that hits stops everywhere from the Civil War to the Russian Revolution, while taking in goofier stuff like the novelty son "Convoy" and the strange 1970s sitcom Holmes and Yo-Yo. If you've read any of the dozens of pages of notes on my other books on the site, you know the drill.

I'll be signing the book on Saturday. April 4 from 1-3 at Book World in downtown Stevens Point, Wis. — and again at Star Wars Celebration, where I'm also appearing, as well as speaking on the main Del Rey panel at 2:30 Saturday, April 18. I also have my own writing seminar for the first time: "Rule the Galaxy Together: Writing in a Shared Universe." Click the link for the time and place. Should be fun!

I'm then appearing at the Fox Cities Book Festival, Saturday, April 25, at 1:30 at the Appleton, Wis. Public Library. Click the link to read my interview with them.


http://bit.ly/SWI157
Next up, I'll have my first Darth Vader/Emperor story in Star Wars Insider #157, which is out in April and ties into the new Paul Kemp novel, Lords of the Sith. Should be some fun surprises in that one. The story is called "Orientation" and you can get it in both newsstand and variant cover editions.

Some catch-up work. I've been in a lot of podcasts recently, but you might pay particular note to My Star Wars Story, which is a series where people do interviews about their paths through fandom. 

I also appeared at MidSouthCon again, thirty years after my first one -- and was interviewed for my hometown newspaper.

More news to come. The spring looks busy!


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Red Alert! Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown is now on sale!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hailing frequencies... well, you know the rest. My debut Star Trek novel is now on the stands: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown! 

Takedown, as I've mentioned before, is a fun romp of a novel, a true interstellar naval yarn in the Star Trek tradition. From the description:

When renegade starships begin wreaking destruction across the quadrant, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are shocked to discover that the mastermind behind this sudden threat is none other than Picard’s protégé and friend: Admiral William T. Riker. The newly minted admiral is on board the U.S.S. Aventine as part of a special assignment, even as the mystery deepens behind his involvement in the growing crisis.

http://bit.ly/STTakedownBut the Aventine is helmed by Captain Ezri Dax—someone who is no stranger to breaking Starfleet regulations—and her starship is by far the faster vessel…and Riker cannot yield, even to his former mentor. It’s a battle of tactical geniuses and a race against time as Picard struggles to find answers before the quadrant’s great powers violently retaliate against the Federation…

There's mystery and adventure — and it's written for both the newcomer to Star Trek fiction and to the seasoned veteran. You can find it at your local bookseller and at these outlets:



I have finally gotten online the production notes and trivia for Star Trek Titan: Absent Enemies online here, so you can check those out after you've read that. (You can obtain that novella here.)

Also, I missed the chance to make a post on it last week when it came out, but my Conan story has been reprinted in Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword Vol. 2 from Dark Horse. I'll add notes on that one to the site when time allows.

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Star Trek: Takedown, beaming soon to a shelf near you!

Friday, January 16, 2015

We're just a short few days as I write this from the release of my first full-length Star Trek novel: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown! 

http://bit.ly/STTakedownTakedown is a fun romp of a novel, a true interstellar naval yarn in the Star Trek tradition. From the description:

When renegade starships begin wreaking destruction across the quadrant, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are shocked to discover that the mastermind behind this sudden threat is none other than Picard’s protégé and friend: Admiral William T. Riker. The newly minted admiral is on board the U.S.S. Aventine as part of a special assignment, even as the mystery deepens behind his involvement in the growing crisis. 

But the Aventine is helmed by Captain Ezri Dax—someone who is no stranger to breaking Starfleet regulations—and her starship is by far the faster vessel…and Riker cannot yield, even to his former mentor. It’s a battle of tactical geniuses and a race against time as Picard struggles to find answers before the quadrant’s great powers violently retaliate against the Federation…

There's mystery and adventure — and as I realized after the book was completed, the characters never set foot on a planet. It's all starship adventure, as you like it. Takedown goes on sale Tuesday, Jan. 27 at your local bookseller  — and you can also obtain it at these outlets:


In the meantime, some other news of Trek note: I have finally gotten online the production notes and trivia for Star Trek Titan: Absent Enemies. So I'm caught up through... er, last winter. But that's progress. I could use time-warping capabilities...

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Marvel slates first Old Republic rerelease for July

Monday, January 12, 2015

I have been quite derelict as a blogger lately: this is nothing new for readers of the site, as when I get busy writing, or traveling, or holiday-ing, the website tends to get less attention. The good news is that I have been writing — including working on some additional behind-the-scenes posts for this website which I intend to start posting here soon. (A couple are already up: the long-missing posts for Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - Spiral #4 and #5 are online.)

There's also more news coming, which I hope to supply in the coming weeks. One tidbit I have already tweeted about, however: My first batch of Star Wars comics to be reprinted by Marvel have been announced: Star Wars Legends: The Old Republic Epic Collection Vol. 1 has been announced for July release.

This appears to be the same content that's in the first Dark Horse Omnibus, long since sold out. (I do, however, have the second and third editions for sale here.)

More news to come...

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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.

http://amzn.to/overdraft1Friday, 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!

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