May the 4th Be With You
Well, I’m not writing a whole book.
But I was asked to submit a short story to an anthology celebrating Star Wars A New Hope‘s 40th anniversary –
40 stories celebrating 40 years of Star Wars!
Some of you have probably seen the hashtag #OperationBlueMilk. Well, this is what it’s about! Check out this little video for more information (and/or read on):
I know a lot of people think the story I submitted is from Princess Leia’s point of view, because I’ve always said how much the original Star Wars movie influenced me as both a writer (I wrote Star Wars fan fiction as a kid . . . although I didn’t share it with anyone) and a feminist. I loved being introduced to a princess with a laser blaster who was instrumental in saving the galaxy!
My most treasured possession
However, this anthology isn’t about the the major heroes (and heroines) in the movie. It’s a celebration of the LESSER characters, who maybe haven’t gotten the attention they deserved. That’s why it’s subtitled FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW. It’s time we found out more about what THEY were thinking as they performed the heroic acts that helped Luke, Leia, Han, and Obi Wan save the galaxy.
My second most treasured possessions
I can’t reveal yet which character I chose, but I will say that I got my first pick! In my opinion, without my character, there would not have been a story. The Empire would have won, and we wouldn’t be discussing any of this right now. MY CHARACTER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT (in my character’s humble opinion).
(No, my character is not C3PO.)
So look for FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW everywhere books are sold on October 3, 2017. All author proceeds from the book will go to First Book (I’m copying this straight from the Star Wars webpage announcement so you’ll know what First Book is):
“a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need.”
Also, just to let you know:
“To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children’s books — valued at 1 million dollars — to support First Book and their mission of providing educational resources to children in need. Over the past 16 years, Disney has donated more than 57 million books to First Book.”
So May the 4th be with you . . . .