So my next writing project has finally showed up on Amazon. Guess it’s not a secret any more! A few months back I penned a “Choose Your Own Adventure” type book for Penguin Books as a tie in for the upcoming Clone Wars movie and TV show. Unlike the rest of the bevy of books Penguin is releasing with this license, “The Way of the Jedi” features a cast of original characters, with the protagonist — a nameless Padawan — being anonymous so as to let you, the reader, cast this role as you wish. Readers of the site know this isn’t my first dabbling with Star Wars books, or my first stab at a choose-your-own-adventure story, but to write one on this scale, and for such a respected publisher… well, it was an amazing opportunity. I hope that kids will enjoy this book as much as I used to enjoy reading and re-reading the works of Edward Packard and R.A. Montgomery back in the day.
What made writing this so much fun was coming up with all the semi-gruesome “bad endings.” Yes, your Jedi-in-training can be eaten alive, turned into a cyborg, tempted to the dark side, among a couple dozen other possible fates. Not quite so simple was trying to write for what Star Wars canon is now with a personal vision from another era. Timothy Zahn and even Republic Commando have little bearing on Clone Wars. If I was an encyclopedia of nerdery before, I came out of this experience with a whole new tome of obscure jargon.
Thanks to my editor, Rob Valois (who was also the editor who got Return to Labyrinth going!) for the opportunity.