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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July 2013


It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for July 2013!


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars -  July 2013


Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2013 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.



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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars -  July 2013
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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars -  July 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars -  July 2013
Cover Art: Eamon O’Donoghue.





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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars -  July 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars -  July 2013



2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts



2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts


There are 9 debuts for July. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The July debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite July cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.





William Shakespeare's Star Wars®
AuthorIan Doescher
Publisher:  Quirk Books, July 2, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
Genre:  MashUp / Science Fiction (print)
ISBN:  9781594746376

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.





The Darwin Elevator
Author:  Jason Hough
Series:  The Dire Earth Cycle 1
Publisher:  Del Rey, July 30, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 496 pages
Price:  $9.99 (print)
ISBN978-0-345-53712-6

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
Jason M. Hough’s pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and vivid characters of Joss Whedon’s Firefly with the talent of sci-fi author John Scalzi.

In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.

Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.





The Curiosity
AuthorStephen P. Kiernan
Publisher:  William Morrow, July 9, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-06-222106-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
A powerful debut novel in which a man, frozen in the Arctic ice for more than a century, awakens in the present day and finds the greatest discovery is love . . .

The Curiosity

Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. As a scientist in a groundbreaking project run by the egocentric and paranoid Erastus Carthage, Kate has brought small creatures—plankton, krill, shrimp—back to life for short periods of time. But the team's methods have never been attempted on larger life-forms.

Heedless of the potential consequences, Carthage orders that the frozen man be brought back to the lab in Boston and reanimated. The endeavor is named "The Lazarus Project." As the man begins to regain his memories, the team learns that he was—is—a judge, Jeremiah Rice, and the last thing he remembers is falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean in 1906. When news of the project and Jeremiah Rice breaks, it ignites a media firestorm and protests by religious fundamentalists.

Thrown together by fate, Kate and Jeremiah grow closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah's new life is slipping away. With Carthage planning to exploit Jeremiah while he can, Kate must decide how far she is willing to go to protect the man she has come to love.

A gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller, Stephen P. Kiernan's provocative debut novel raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity—man as a scientific subject, as a tabloid novelty, as a living being: a curiosity.





Woof at the Door
Series:  A Call of the Wilde Mystery 1
AuthorLaura Morrigan
Publisher:  Berkley, July 2, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425257197 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde keeps her ability to psychically communicate with furry and feathered critters under wraps. But when a Doberman turns out to be the only witness to a crime, Grace will have to let the cat out of the bag in order to catch a killer.

Grace Wilde’s job is anything but normal. When she’s not helping out at the zoo by comforting agitated lemurs, she’s listening to the woes of annoyed house pets. Grace’s life gets even more complicated, though, when the cops summon her to a crime scene to help deal with the murder victim’s terrified Doberman.

The pooch turns out to be the only one who saw what happened the night of the shooting—and only Grace can get the information out of him. The problem is, how will Grace tell the distractingly gorgeous Sergeant Kai Duncan that it’s the dog who’s giving her the intel without spilling her big secret or sounding crazy? Left on her own, Grace will have to follow the pup’s lead to track down the killer. But she’ll have to be careful—or curiosity may end up killing the cat whisperer.





Three
AuthorJay Posey
Series:  Legends of the Duskwalker 1
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, July 30, 2013 (US/Canada)
     August 1, 2013 (UK)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook,
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780857663634

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.

But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantle of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Three For All | Apocalyptic Wasteland | A Journey Home | Fear the Weir ]





Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders
Author Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.
Series:  The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
Publisher:  47North, July 2, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 456 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:   9781611099188

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California – before it was devastated in the alien war – Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World – and death is quick – Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.





Blood Song
AuthorAnthony Ryan
Series:  Raven's Shadow Trilogy 1
Publisher:   Ace, July 2, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages
Price:  $27.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780425267691 (print)
(US Debut)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
From “a new master storyteller” comes the beginning of an epic fantasy saga of blood, honor, and destiny…

“The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.”

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.






The Age of Ice
AuthorJ. M. Sidorova
Publisher:  Scribner, July 23, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $26.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781451692716 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
The Empress Anna Ioannovna has issued her latest eccentric order: construct a palace out of ice blocks. Inside its walls her slaves build a wedding chamber, a canopy bed on a dais, heavy drapes cascading to the floor—all made of ice. Sealed inside are a disgraced nobleman and a deformed female jester. On the empress’s command—for her entertainment—these two are to be married, the relationship consummated inside this frozen prison. In the morning, guards enter to find them half-dead. Nine months later, two boys are born.

Surrounded by servants and animals, Prince Alexander Velitzyn and his twin brother, Andrei, have an idyllic childhood on the family’s large country estate. But as they approach manhood, stark differences coalesce. Andrei is daring and ambitious; Alexander is tentative and adrift. One frigid winter night on the road between St. Petersburg and Moscow, as he flees his army post, Alexander comes to a horrifying revelation: his body is immune to cold.

J. M. Sidorova’s boldly original and genrebending novel takes readers from the grisly fields of the Napoleonic Wars to the blazing heat of Afghanistan, from the outer reaches of Siberia to the cacophonous streets of nineteenth-century Paris. The adventures of its protagonist, Prince Alexander Velitzyn—on a lifelong quest for the truth behind his strange physiology—will span three continents and two centuries and bring him into contact with an incredible range of real historical figures, from Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, to the licentious Russian empress Elizaveta and Arctic explorer Joseph Billings.

The Age of Ice is one of the most enchanting and inventive debut novels of the year.





Fiend
AuthorPeter Stenson
Publisher:  Crown, July 9, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $22.00 (print)
ISBN:   9780770436315 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
There’s more than one kind of monster.

    When Chase Daniels first sees the little girl in umbrella socks tearing open the Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he’s no stranger to horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations.
    But as he and his fellow junkies soon discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived.
    The funny thing is, Chase’s life was over long before the apocalypse got here, his existence already reduced to a stinking basement apartment and a filthy mattress and an endless grind of buying and selling and using. He’s lied and cheated and stolen and broken his parents’ hearts a thousand times. And he threw away his only shot at sobriety a long time ago, when he chose the embrace of the drug over the woman he still loves.
    And if your life’s already shattered beyond any normal hopes of redemption…well, maybe the end of the world is an opportunity. Maybe it’s a last chance for Chase to hit restart and become the man he once dreamed of being. Soon he’s fighting to reconnect with his lost love and dreaming of becoming her hero among civilization’s ruins.
    But is salvation just another pipe dream?
    Propelled by a blistering first-person voice and featuring a powerfully compelling antihero, Fiend is at once a riveting portrait of addiction, a pitch-black love story, and a meditation on hope, redemption, and delusion—not to mention one hell of a zombie novel.



The View From Monday - July 1, 2013

Happy 1st Monday in July! This is a special month at The Qwillery as we feature authors of Paranormal Cozy Mysteries throughout the month. During this year's Paranormal Cozy Mystery Month (or as we like to call it because it's fun to say - ParaCozyMysMo) we will showcase many of the characters that appear in novels.  You can see our ParaCozyMysMo author list here.


The View From Monday - July 1, 2013


There are a lot of books, etc. out this week including two debuts:

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Woof at the Door (Call of the Wilde Mystery 1)  by Laura Morrigan

and

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1) by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.


You may find a printable PDF of this week's releases here.



July 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Threshold of Pleasure (e) Vivi Anna PNR
Hindsight (e) Sarah Belle TTR
The Guardian's Witch (e) Ruth A. Casie PHR
Broken Gates D. T. Dyllin SFR - P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy 2
Feeling Death D. T. Dyllin H - Death Trilogy
Empire of Light (ri) Gary Gibson SF - The Shoal Sequence 3
Nova War (ri) Gary Gibson SF - The Shoal Sequence 2
Stealing Light (ri) Gary Gibson SF - The Shoal Sequence 1
Keeper of the Dawn Heather Graham PNR - The Keepers L.A. 3
Beautiful Danger Michele Hauf PNR
Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler Rebecca Holden (ed)
Nisi Shawl (ed)
Anthology
The Human Condition (ri) David Moody H/Z - Autumn 4
The Interpretation of Zines: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction Fanzines Luis Ortiz NF
Explosion (e) Berinn Rae SFR - Colliding Worlds 3
Mated by Moonlight (e) Jessa Slade PNR
The End of the Dream (ri) Philip Wylie SF
Desperate Magic (e) Rebecca York PHR - The Chronicles of Arandal 3



July 2, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The D'neeran Factor Terry A. Adams SF - Omnibus
Elisha Barber E.C. Ambrose HistF - Dark Apostle 1
Iron Gray Sea (h2mm) Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyerman 7
Storm Surge Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyerman 8
Emerald Isle Barbra Annino PM - Stacy Justice Mystery 4
The Mammoth Book of Black Magic Mike Ashley (ed) F - Anthology
The Wasp Factory: A Novel (e 1st) Iain Banks H
Tarnished and Torn Juliet Blackwell PCM - Witchcraft Mystery 5
Tulle Death Do Us Part Annette Blair PCM - Vintage Magic Mystery 6
This Case Is Gonna Kill Me (h2mm) Phillipa Bornikova UF - Linnet Ellery 1
A Custom-Fit Crime Melissa Bourbon PCM - Magical Dressmaking Mystery 4
MacRieve Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 14
Nightfall (tp2mm) Ellen Connor PNR - Dark Age Dawning 1
Wicked Bronze Ambition Glen Cook F - A Garrett, P.I. 14
A Spy to Die For Kris DeLake SFR - Assassin's Guild
The Emperor's Gift (h2tp) Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000: Grey Knights
The Entity Within Cat Devon PNR - Entity 2
Crazy in the Blood Lucienne Diver PNR - Latter-Day Olympians 2
William Shakespeare's Star Wars (D) Ian Doescher SF/MashUp - Star Wars
Cat in a White Tie and Tails Carole Nelson Douglas PCM - Midnight Louie Mystery 22
Underland (e 1st) Mick Farren H - Renquest Quartet 4
On the Razor's Edge Michael Flynn SF - Spiral Arm 4
Ahriman: Exile John French SF - Warhammer 40,000
Night Vision Yasmine Galenorn UF - Indigo Court 4
Under the Same Sky (tp2mm) Genevieve Graham HR w/ PE
Deep Midnight (ri) Heather Graham PNR - Vampires 3
Midnight's Captive Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors 6
The Wizard's Mask Ed Greenwood F - Pathfinder Tales:
Forsaken By the Others Jess Haines UF - H & W Investigations 5
Affliction Laurell K. Hamilton UF- Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 22
Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond (h2tp) Kim Harrison UF - Hollows Collection
The Wicked (e) Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races Novella 5
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2013 Edition Rich Horton (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Noah's Boy Sarah A. Hoyt UF - Shifters 3
Biting Oz Mary Hughes PNR - Biting Love 5
The Outcast Prince Shona Husk PNR - Annwyn 1
Thieftaker (h2mm) D. B. Jackson HistF - Thieftaker Chronicles  1
Thieves' Quarry D. B. Jackson HistF - Thieftaker Chronicles 2
Some Kind of Fairy Tale (h2tp) Graham Joyce F/FT
Wolf in Shadow John Lambshead UF
Deadly Forecast Victoria Laurie PCM - Psychic Eye Mystery
Do You Believe? (e 1st) Ann Lawrence PNR
A Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume I Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe Collection
Enthralled Lora Leigh
Alyssa Day
Meljean Brook
Lucy Monroe
PNR
Dyeing Wishes Molly MacRae PCM - Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery
Fangs for Nothing Erin McCarthy
Kathy Love
PNR
Of Grave Concern Max McCoy PCM - Ophelia Wylde Paranormal Mystery 1
King of Morning, Queen of Day (Kindle e) Ian McDonald F
Beloved Stranger Janet Miller SFR- Gaian
Cold Copper Devon Monk SP - The Age of Steam 3
Warrior's Moon Lucy Monroe PNR - Children of the the Moon 5
The Girl from the Blood Coven (e) Brian Moreland H - Witching House Prequel
Woof at the Door (D) Laura Morrigan PCM - Call of the Wilde Mystery 1
Fate of Worlds (h2mm) Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner
SF - Known Space / Ringworld 5
Guardian Nancy Northcott PNR - Protector 3
Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (D) Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. SP - Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
Seawitch (h2mm) Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 7
The Skates (e) Mark Rigney H
The Master of All Desires (ri) Judith Merkle Riley F
A Cursed Embrace Cecy Robson UFR - Weird Girls 2
Vicious Moon Lee Roland PNR - Earth Witches 3
White Trash Zombie Apocalypse Diana Rowland UF - White Trash Zombie 3
The Initiate Brother Duology Sean Russell F
Blood Song (US D) Anthony Ryan F - Raven's Shadow 1
Degrees of Wrong Anna Scarlett SF
Split at the Seams Yolanda Sfetsos UF - Sierra Fox 2
Stronghold Maynard Sims H
Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde Michael A. Stackpole F - World of Warcraft
Neptune's Brood Charles Stross SF
Werewolf in Alaska Vicki Lewis Thompson PNR - Wild About You 5
Dire Desires Stephanie Tyler PNR - Eternal Wolf Clan 5
Lover Revealed (Hardcover) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 4
Hungry Like a Wolf Christine Warren PNR - Others 8
Beginnings David Weber SF - Worlds of Honor 6
The Thousand Names Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 1
The Dirty Streets of Heaven Tad Williams UF - Bobby Dollar 1



July 3, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Ministry of Changes: A Tor.Com Original (e) Marissa K. Lingen SF



July 4, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rustblind and Silverbright - A Slipstream Anthology of Railway Stories David Rix (ed) Slipstream - Anthology


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HR - Historical Romance
NF - Non Fiction
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Z - Zombies

Interview with Ian Doescher, author of William Shakespeare's Star Wars® - June 28, 2013


Please welcome Ian Doescher to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. William Shakespeare's Star Wars® will be published on July 2, 2013 by Quirk Books.



Interview with Ian Doescher, author of  William Shakespeare's Star Wars® - June 28, 2013




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Ian:  Thank you so much.



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Ian:  When I was in college, I was in a class with my roommate Ethan and our English professor compared my writing unfavorably with Ethan's -- I think the phrase was, "You're not exactly the writer Ethan is." Ouch. So, after college, I got serious about writing both by reading obsessively and by learning what makes good writing good from Larry Rothe, the Publications Director at the San Francisco Symphony (where I worked from 1999-2001). I've been writing casually and professionally ever since, most recently as the Creative Director and primary copywriter for Pivot Group, the marketing agency I work at in Portland. But I've also written a dissertation and worked as a pastor, so I figured if I ever wrote a book it would be an academic book. Imagine my surprise...



TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Ian:  Undoubtedly it's that I'm the weirdo who likes writing in iambic pentameter. Also, I'm a compulsive saver -- I'll work on a manuscript for a while and then email both the file and just the text to myself (the poor man's version of cloud computing). I'm a little neurotic about it. But I've also never lost a manuscript (fingers crossed).



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Ian:  At this point in my life, because I work a full-time job and am the parent of two boys, the most challenging thing is finding the time to write. I wrote William Shakespeare's Star Wars® in two- and three-hour chunks late in the evening, while my kids were asleep and my wife was immersed in a British murder mystery series.



TQ:  What is iambic pentameter?

Ian:  Iambic pentameter is a line of poetry with a very specific syllabic pattern. An “iamb” has two syllables—the first is unstressed and the second is stressed. An iamb sounds like da-DUM. "Pentameter" means there should be five iambs in a line, so iambic pentameter is a line of ten syllables: da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM. Simon and Garfunkel have a great line of iambic pentameter in one of their songs: "I'd rather be a hammer than a nail." Shakespeare used iambic pentameter as the meter for his plays, to the chagrin of high school students everywhere. But he also broke the ten-syllable rule as often as he kept it.



TQ:  What inspired you to write William Shakespeare's Star Wars®?

Ian:  Last year, I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, watched the Star Wars trilogy for the millionth time and attended the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with my family. At the Festival, my wife and I saw the funny, gay-marriage-themed, modern adaptation The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa by Alison Carey. So I had mashups, Star Wars, and Shakespeare on my mind, and the morning after seeing The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa I had the idea for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars®.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for William Shakespeare's Star Wars®?

Ian:  Most of the research for the book took place long before I knew I would write it. I read through all of Shakespeare's plays and poems in 1999 and grew up watching Star Wars, so I know it backward and forward. That was my primary research. As I wrote the manuscript, I also got to talk with Lucasfilm about some of the particulars of what is and is not okay within the Star Wars universe. For example, I had written a soliloquy for Darth Vader in which he questions whether the Empire should be killing innocent people. Lucasfilm asked me to cut it, because as of A New Hope Vader has no remorse, period. That was a fascinating process for me as both a writer and a Star Wars fan. I also got a sheet with the official transliterated speech of the Jawas, Greedo and Jabba the Hutt. Fun stuff.



TQ:  Which was the most difficult scene to write?

Ian:  It wasn't difficult scenes so much as difficult lines. I felt a lot of pressure around how I would handle certain famous lines. The one that dogged me the most was Luke's line, "But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!" My original attempt at it was "But Tosche Station wish I to go to, / And there obtain some pow'r converters. Fie!" The first line was just so awkward. I hated it, but couldn't seem to come up with another way to say it. It wasn't until the second proof of the book -- just before it went to press, in other words -- that inspiration hit: "But unto Tosche Station would I go, / And there obtain some pow'r converters. Fie!" Much better.



TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in William Shakespeare's Star Wars®?

Ian:  My favorite scene in the book is the only truly new scene, which is a dialogue between the two stormtroopers who keep watch outside the Millennium Falcon once it has been taken into the Death Star. I had a lot of fun with that dialogue... I won't give away too much, but it makes clear one of the unspoken rules of Star Wars: for the events of the movie to take place as they do, the Empire and its minions have to be just plain stupid at times.



TQ:  What's next?

Ian:  There are several ideas in play right now, and one manuscript in process. I'd love to write other adaptations in verse, maybe more Shakespearean parodies or something in the style of Dr. Seuss. Of course, it would be great fun to write The Empire Striketh Back...



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Ian:  Thank you. And may the Force be with thee e'er, TQ!






About William Shakespeare's Star Wars®

William Shakespeare's Star Wars®
Publisher:  Quirk Books, July 2, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
Genre:  MashUp / Science Fiction (print)
ISBN:  9781594746376

Interview with Ian Doescher, author of  William Shakespeare's Star Wars® - June 28, 2013
Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.





About Ian

Interview with Ian Doescher, author of  William Shakespeare's Star Wars® - June 28, 2013
IAN DOESCHER has loved Shakespeare since eighth grade and was born 45 days after Star Wars Episode IV was released. He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. Ian lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two sons. This is his first book.

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Mash Ups and More Update - William Shakespeare's Star Wars


I haven't found a mash up type book to share with you in a long time. Look at this!



William Shakespeare's Star Wars
Author:  Ian Doescher
Publisher:  Quirk Books
Pub Date:  July 2, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages
Price:  $14.95
Genre:  Humor / Science Fiction
ISBN:  9781594746376

Mash Ups and More Update - William Shakespeare's Star Wars
May the verse be with you! Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language—and William Shakespeare—here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify learners and masters alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for. 



I'd love the cover as a poster!


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