It might seem that “The Power” has at all times been with Lydia Kang, MD. In spite of everything, the Nebraska Drugs internist already had an achieved profession as a physician and a formidable and various bibliography as an creator. However even with 10 books already to her title, writing that eleventh appeared extremely daunting. That’s as a result of quantity 11 could be a Star Wars story. And it might be canon – which means for the hundreds of thousands, possibly billions of Star Wars followers worldwide, it might be gospel. A 100% actual factor that occurred within the wildly common fictional universe.
“It was very intimidating,” says Dr. Kang. “I noticed ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ after I was six and nonetheless bear in mind it. I’ve at all times liked Star Wars. So, when Lucasfilm Ltd. reached out and mentioned, ‘Do you wish to write a novel for The Excessive Republic?’ I used to be a bit surprised. However my husband mentioned, ‘You need to do it!’”
And so she did.
Dr. Kang had some expertise writing within the Star Wars universe after penning a brief story for a Star Wars anthology in 2020. That story, “Proper Hand Man,” added context to a scene from “The Empire Strikes Again” through which Luke Skywalker had a robotic hand connected after having his amputated in a lightweight saber duel with Darth Vader. It tells the story from the perspective of 2-1B, the surgical droid entrusted with giving Skywalker his new hand.
“I felt snug writing ‘Proper Hand Man’ as a result of it was acquainted territory for me, because of the medical facet of the story,” says Dr. Kang. “It was an effective way to dip my toe within the water and get used to that atmosphere.”
A mixture of drugs and writing
Dr. Kang practiced drugs for 10 years earlier than attempting her hand at writing. After transferring to Omaha in 2015, she began to get severe about it. She initially wrote loads of essays from the angle of a well being care supplier. She additionally wrote poems. Then, she turned to fiction, undeterred when her first few books didn’t promote.
“’Management’ was actually the ebook that opened the door,” says Dr. Kang. Set in a future the place genetically altered persons are shunned by society, Kang says it was that ebook that was the launchpad for her profession as an creator. “It offered nicely, and I obtained a literary agent and began writing younger grownup science fiction, grownup nonfiction – I used to be in all places with my writing. Immediately, I really feel like I can’t keep in a single lane.”
Her new Star Wars novel, entitled “Cataclysm,” might be a sequel to “Convergence,” one other story from The Excessive Republic period, written by Zoraida Córdova. “Convergence” might be launched on Nov. 22. “Cataclysm” follows on April 6, 2023.
So far as the plot goes, Dr. Kang must be fairly tight-lipped. “I’ve been sworn to secrecy on that. I can say the primary character’s title is Axel Greylark. It’s set a whole bunch of years earlier than the occasions of the Phantom Menace and you’ll acknowledge a number of the characters.
It additionally seems that Greylark is Asian – one thing Dr. Kang felt was necessary. “I grew up not seeing folks like me in Star Wars films or in any films,” says Dr. Kang. “It actually feels great. I by no means would’ve thought after I was a child that I might’ve executed one thing like this. I get to put in writing a couple of character that individuals will hopefully discover fascinating and sophisticated and resemble folks I do know. It makes me actually, actually completely satisfied.”
What’s subsequent for Dr. Kang?
Extra writing. Much more – together with extra Star Wars content material. “I’ve a contract to put in writing one other nonfiction ebook about pseudoscience, and I believe I’ve 4 deadlines I’m presently working below for varied tasks,” says Dr. Kang. “I’ve an enormous quantity of affection for the whole lot I write. Some books are extra particular than others, however “Cataclysm” holds a really particular place in my coronary heart. It’s epic, and in a universe I’ve been a fan of since I used to be somewhat woman.”