Joe Schreiber is the contributor for this week’s Take Five, a semi-weekly series where we ask authors to share five facts about their latest books. He is the author of Star Wars: Red Harvest, a new and horrific addition to the Star Wars universe to be released on December 28, 2010.
Star Wars: Red Harvest –
The era of the Old Republic is a dark and dangerous time, as Jedi Knights valiantly battle the Sith Lords and their ruthless armies. But the Sith have disturbing plans—and none more so than the fulfillment of Darth Scabrous’s fanatical dream, which is about to become nightmarish reality.
Unlike those other Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps—young Jedi whose abilities have not proved up to snuff—Hestizo Trace possesses one extraordinary Force talent: a gift with plants. Suddenly her quiet existence among greenhouse and garden specimens is violently destroyed by the arrival of an emissary from Darth Scabrous. For the rare black orchid that she has nurtured and bonded with is the final ingredient in an ancient Sith formula that promises to grant Darth Scabrous his greatest desire.
But at the heart of the formula is a never-before-seen virus that’s worse than fatal—it doesn’t just kill, it transforms. Now the rotting, ravenous dead are rising, driven by a bloodthirsty hunger for all things living—and commanded by a Sith Master with an insatiable lust for power and the ultimate prize: immortality . . . no matter the cost.
1) The book was originally titled Black Orchid, but the title was changed when everybody decided it sounded too much like a bad romance novel.
2) The first draft of the novel contained a character named Middish Sunblade, modeled after Holden Caulfield, but Sunblade was removed from the rewrite because he was whiny and nobody could stand him.
3) The snow planet Odacer-Faustin where the Sith Academy exists is based on a combination of Hoth and the snowy terrain of The Shining.
4) There’s a whole playlist of songs that I listened to while writing the book, including Wolfmother’s “1000 Feet” and Them Crooked Vulture’s “Mind Eraser, No Chaser,” posted on my blog.
5) The character of Rojo Trace is based on Liam Neeson’s character from Taken, to the extent that I think I even ended up stealing some of his best lines for the book.