When they are Je’daii!
Author Tim Lebbon has been given the task of writing in the Star Wars universe long before any other story has been told. Back when the Jedi were Je’daii and lightsabers were a thing of the future. The book? Star Wars: Into the Void! It is released today and already has garnered some great reviews from book reviewers and fans alike.
I decided to interview Tim about his work on the book. That Q&A is below. First, here is a bit more about Star Wars: Into the Void:
On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force—and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.
Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key—risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je’daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved—and whose life she must now fear.
Includes a special, full-color excerpt from the Dark Horse comic Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi and an original Dawn of the Jedi short story by John Ostrander!
New Release Interview: STAR WARS: INTO THE VOID by Tim Lebbon
Shawn Speakman: STAR WARS: INTO THE VOID publishes today. Tell Unbound Worlds readers how you came to be tapped to write the beginnings of the Jedi Order? Was it a quick answer?
Me (0.32 seconds later): “Hell yes!”
I’d worked with the Lucas Books editor when she was at another publisher, and they were looking for a dark fantasy writer to write a novel to tie in with the Dawn of the Jedi comic series. I was thrilled to be asked, and when I heard more about the era the novel was set in and exactly what they were after, my excitement only grew.
Shawn Speakman: Tell readers a bit about the story, about Lanoree and Dalien, and how you decided to frame their emotional lives?
When I started developing the story I knew that it had to be a brother and sister, and instantly I knew which way around they should be (Lanoree the protagonist, Dalien the antagonist). It just seemed to work well that way, and I always love writing strong female characters.
My editor also suggested that I find a way to explore some of the Je’daii training, and so the flashback sections featuring Lanoree and Dal as children, travelling across Tython visiting the Je’daii temples, became a vital, very integral part of the story, as well as great fun to write. I’m coming to realise that they’re also very important to the whole Star Wars mythology, as they describe some of the very first Je’daii training methods. These flashbacks help set up just what Lanoree and Dal are going through later in the book.
Shawn Speakman: Since the story takes place early in Star Wars history, what kinds of challenges did that pose? Did it give you more freedom to create? Or was it difficult to merge that time period with what we know to be true in Star Wars?
Shawn Speakman: Out of the six movies, what is your favorite? And are you looking forward to Episode VII?
Shawn Speakman: What are you currently working on?
I’m also working on a new novel called The Silence for Titan in the UK and USA. I’m writing a thriller called Endure, and the third of my Toxic City novels (currently in development for TV at ABC Studios) is due out later this year.
Is the saying, “May the Force be with you?” around during these early times?
You’ll have to wait and see!