I asked Martha a few questions about Star Wars and writing such an amazing character as Princess Leia. Check out her responses below!
GwC: What is your first memory involving Star Wars?
Martha Wells: Finding the novelization in a bookstore, sometime in the summer of 1977 when I was 13. I think the book was released before the movie, but my parents didn't really like to take me to movies so reading the book was my first experience with Star Wars. I finally got to see the movie itself around nine times, but that was later in the summer.
GwC: Leia is a wonderful role model but also one of few women in the original trilogy. How does that fact change the way you approaching writing her or does it?
Wells: I didn't really change how I wrote her, but I did want to add more women characters, and for them to have big parts in the book. I wanted Leia to face a female antagonist, and have female allies, too.
GwC: Leia has often been shown as the leader and diplomat, but what other sides of her personality did you make it a point to show in Razor's Edge?
Wells: I always liked the fact that her sense of humor was on the sarcastic side, like Han's, so I wanted to show that.
GwC: What was the most fun part of developing Leia's story for Razor's Edge?
Wells: I think it was fitting the story I wanted to to tell into the Star Wars universe, and figuring out all the details. Creating the settings is always one of my favorite parts of writing a book. And also writing the original characters interacting with Leia, Han, and the others.
Thanks to Martha and Del Rey for making my blog a stop on the Razor's Edge tour! Be sure to like Star Wars Books on Facebook to keep up with excerpts, live chats, and more.
Come back later today for a full review of the book.