Karen Traviss on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Writing

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“This is an outrageous human rights story. This is appalling…” - Karen Traviss

By Ben Cable

Phoenix, AZ (CMN) -We were lead through a labyrinth of passageways to several possible sanctuaries, the largest of which had been commandeered by clone troopers changing into uniform.  Within Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe Arizona, several generations of Star War fans had started to gather for the book signing of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars by Karen Traviss". In our quest for a fitting space for the exclusive interview with Traviss, within the bookstore’s tunnels we were hastily introduced to the acclaimed author. The entourage became larger as we pushed on.


The Clone Wars follows the heroic Jedi Knights as they struggle to maintain order and restore peace.  Systems are falling prey to the forces of the dark side as the Galactic Republic slips further and further under the sway of the Separatists and their never-ending droid army. Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan learner Ahsoka Tano find themselves on a mission with far-reaching consequences, bringing them face-to-face with crime lord Jabba the Hutt. But Count Dooku and his sinister agents, including the nefarious Asajj Ventress, will stop at nothing to ensure that Anakin and Ahsoka fail at their quest. On the front lines of the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda lead the massive clone army in a valiant effort to resist the forces of the dark side.

Meanwhile, back at the Changing Hands Book Store, author Karen Travis and Cable Muse correspondents found refuge in a small book lined and paper strewn office; a comfortable and fitting cave for this exclusive Cable Muse Network interview. Karen looked comfortable in this setting, however she would have likely been just as comfortable interviewed in a British pub or across a breakfast table. Karen’s personality is sincere, witty, astute and confident.

Karen, of Wiltshire, England is a former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist. She has worked in public relations for the police and local government, and has served in the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service and the Territorial Army.

Karen Traviss received critical acclaim for her first novel, City of Pearl, as well as for its five sequels. She is the author of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and seven other Star Wars novels, including three books in the Legacy of the Force series, as well as the upcoming Star Wars: Order 66.

Phoenix was Karen’s second stop in a five city tour in the United States which included San Diego, Dallas, Atlanta, and New York. This has been a busy year of writing and tours as Karen pointed out in her day planner, each month through 2010 had been color coded in highlighter. When CMN asked what she has planned for 2011 she exclaimed, “Gosh, get some sleep.”

CMN: Your next book is probably already written. It’s, Order 66?


Karen: Oh, I’m done. That was written ages ago, that should have been out this month (August) but it ends up because this (The Clone Wars) was on the last minute, this was a hook. We need globalization. They were going to have the book at the same time with order 66 because that’s obliviously not tied to a movie date. The thing about writing so many books is that you have the option to sign it on then it’s gone.

CMN: For you, it’s gone.

KT: I was a journalist for a time, for many years…it’s gone, it’s gone, next, next… and some of them will say, “In such ‘n’ such a book…”,  I’m thinking, did I really write that? When you read it, it doesn’t look like your own words. It’s very odd, but there you go.

CMN: How did you ever, uh, hook-up with the (Star Wars) George Lucas phenomenon?

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