Title: STAR WARS GALAXY’S EDGE: A CRASH OF FATE
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Pub. Date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Izzy and Jules were best friends until Izzy’s family abruptly left Batuu when she was six. But now she’s back, and Jules, the boy who never left, is unsure what to make of her. While on the run from vengeful smugglers and an angry pirate, Jules and Izzy will come to terms with who they are, and what they mean to each other.
Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old, a YA anthology forthcoming from Imprint/Macmillan in fall 2020. Her upcoming YA novels include Star Wars: A Crash of Fate (Disney/LucasFilm 2019) and Incendiary, book 1 in the Hollow Crown duology (Disney/Hyperion 2020). Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning her next adventure.
Photo credit: Sarah Younger
Tell us how you came to know and love Star Wars.
Star Wars has always been part of my life. The movies always seemed to be there in the background. My brother (five years my junior) used to reenact the fight over the sarlacc pit where Luke is like, “Jabba, this is your last chance. Free us or die.” When we were little, my mom’s co-worker gifted us a ton of Star Wars toys, many of which I still have. We used to watch and rewind (YAY VHS TAPES) and play the movies again and again. So, simply put: I’ve always loved Star Wars. It keeps reinventing itself for a new generation. As the world expands, so does our understanding of it. With each iteration, I find something to fall in love with.
What world do readers find themselves in during this installment?
We are on the planet Batuu. Specifically Black Spire Outpost. It’s the only place where Star Wars fans can go and physically visit. Black Spire Outpost is a lawless place. It’s run by criminals. It’s a place where people are passing through, or hiding, or trying to make a new life. It’s a place that is built upon ancient ruins and petrified trees. The past and present co-exist. My favorite part about writing A Crash of Fate was figuring out who the locals where. What are their allegiances? Why have they decided to stay there and call it home? Who are the ones that are passing through? With the First Order displaying their colors in broad daylight, what happens to those who are hiding from the law? It is a complete world, and my characters Izzy and Jules are right in the thick of it.
Who are Izzy & Jules and why are we rooting for their love story?
Izzy is an aspiring smuggler and Jules is a starry-eyed farmboy. My inspiration was Before Sunrise, where a couple falls in love in a day. Adding the usual Star Wars shenanigans and a series of unfortunate mishaps, plus the backdrop of the First Order and Resistance on the planet, and you’ve got the BEST AND WORST time to realize you’re still in love with your best friend whom you haven’t seen in 13 years.
For Izzy and Jules, I took some loose inspiration from Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. I hope that parts of their spirit lives on in these characters. Han’s reluctant golden heart and Luke’s kindness. Even though they haven’t seen each over in over a standard decade, and even though they’ve changed a lot, Izzy and Jules want the same thing: a place to belong. The galaxy is always in turmoil. There are always going to be good guys and bad guys. So their journey is the not just delivering a parcel (no questions asked) their journey is making the decision to choose each other in a time when there is no guarantee that there is going to be a bright tomorrow.
What’s your favorite writing treat?
I don’t snack when I write because I like to give myself complete lunch and dinner breaks. That helps me have time in between my sprints. I do drink coffee and tea the entire day.
Who are your authors of choice and what are your all time favorite reads?
My auto-buy authors are: Dhonielle Clayton, Tessa Gratton, Natalie C. Parker, Claudia Gray, Holly Black, Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, Justina Ireland, Julie Murphy, Sierra Simone, Sarah MacLean. There are so many I can just keep going forever.
Some of my favorite books in the last couple of years have been: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon, Don’t Date Rosa Santosby Nina Moreno, Sinner by Sierra Simone, The Wicked King by Holly Black, Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, and They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera.
Thank you for having me on the blog!
3 winners will receive a finished copy of STAR WARS GALAXY’S EDGE: A CRASH OF FATE, US Only.
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