The First Jedi, my first novel, has just been published in both paperback and Kindle formats. But, why would you want to read it? Read on.
- To my knowledge, it ‘s the only SW novel written that is set in this present universe, at our present time. If I ‘m wrong about this, please correct me. If I ‘m right, this fact makes it kind of unique. No more galaxies far, far away; the Jedi have come to town.
- It ‘s a piece of adult writing. Now calm down, I don ‘t mean erotic. I mean that the language employed and issues explored are not fit fare for the kids that read the comics and watch the cartoons. Yes, I know that some adults enjoy these media too. I doubt, however, that children need exposure to suicide, alcoholism, therapy, depression and some of the other topics I touch on here.
- Although I call The First Jedi a novel, there ‘s a bit more to it than that. A large part of it is autobiographical and covers real(ish) events that happened to me in 2008/9. I ‘ve provided as much proof of these events in the endnotes as possible. They centre round a university course that I designed and delivered about Star Wars, the nuclear explosion of publicity that ensued, and the subsequent toxic fallout.
- I ‘m a professional development consultant by trade. The course content consisted of my attempts to tease out lessons on applied psychology and ethics from the Star Wars scripts. Parts of the novel grapple with this intersection between real science and sci-fi mythology.
- The heart of the novel gives an account of this course from a fictional outsider ‘s viewpoint and how his messed-up life was altered by it, although not necessarily for the better. My greatest pleasure when writing it was watching the character of this antagonist, my nemesis Mark Gil-martin Black take shape. Baddies have more fun; baddies are more fun.
- I ‘ve had a bit of fun with the novel too in creating weird chapter titles and sprinkling obscure references throughout. Sometimes reading a novel or self-help book can prove a very passive affair. What better way to spice it up and activate the brain than to offer a little bit of mystery along the way?
- The different sources I ‘ve employed in the novel, often without much in the way of explanation, are supposed to add to this sense of puzzle. Does this epistolary format add to the aura of factuality? Or am I an unreliable narrator? What is real here and what is make-believe; serious or playful? And, in a novel about Star Wars, can there be a difference?
Once you start to read The First Jedi, forever will it dominate your destiny. Click The First Jedi to view and purchase it.