John Jackson Miller gets to create new adventures and scenarios for some of the most beloved fictional characters in popular culture. His Star Wars novels include A New Dawn (2014), the first work created in conjunction with the new Lucasfilm Story Group; the New York Times bestseller Kenobi, winner of the 2013 Scribe Award for Best Original Tie-In Novel-Speculative Fiction; Knight Errant (2011) and Lost Tribe of the Sith (2012). He has written twenty graphic novels, including ten Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic volumes published by Dark Horse.
Miller's first Star Trek: the Next Generation novel, called Takedown, is out this year. He has also written Simpsons comics for Bongo Comics and has written three Mass Effect comics volumes. His other comics work includes titles such as Marvel Comics' Iron Man and Crimson Dynamo as well as the comics adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He wrote his own science-fiction serial that was collected in Overdraft: The Orion Offensive.
Miller works in an unusual avenue of the literary world, one where enthusiastic fans feel a sense of ownership in the franchise they’ve come to know and love. It’s good to have an audience, but this one can be a little intimidating. “Certainly the fans feel passionately about the worlds we're writing in, and they want something that feels like what they remember,” says Miller. “Fortunately that isn't too difficult to arrange, because most writers of tie-in fiction are fans themselves. I sort of know what kinds of incidents and what lines of dialogue feel right in a Star Wars book, as opposed to a Star Trek book or something else. Having that extra experience from the start makes it more likely that the eventual work will ring true to a reader.”
The year 2015 is important for any Star Wars fan, as the next installment, The Force Awakens, arrives in theaters this December. John Jackson Miller will be right there in line with the rest of the excited movie-goers. “I'm definitely excited about the new film — films, really, because a lot more are coming out. I will be signing at Star Wars Celebration (in Anaheim, California) for my publisher, Random House; Star Wars: A New Dawn will be out in paperback in time for the show, and I will also have an original short story in the April issue of Star Wars: Insider Magazine. That's my stop right before the Fox Cities Book Festival.”
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