Jason Fry is a writer, editor and occasional journalism consultant from New York. In the Star Wars-universe he's known for Bounty Hunter – Boba Fett, The Clone Wars - The Visual Guide, The Clone Wars Visual Guide: Ultimate Battles, The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts: The Visual Guide, The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia, The Official Episode Guide – Season 1, The Clone Wars – Official Episode Guide, The Essential Atlas (with Daniel Wallace), Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds (with Craig Carey and Jeff Quick), Coruscant and the Core Worlds, The Essential Guide to Warfare, Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy, The Guns of Kelrodo-Ai, Endor and the Moddell Sector, TCW Episode-Guide, LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary — Updated and Expanded, Star Wars in 100 Scenes, Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy und much more! His homepage can be found here.
What advice can you give Star Wars fans who would like to write their own stories and eventually publish them?
Does anyone know where Holowan Mechanicals had its headquarters?
There's a planet Holowan, so I'd assume it was located there at one time or another. But that isn't canon, just an assumption from a guy who knows his Star Wars geography.
Was Luminara Unduli a Senior Jedi General during the Clone Wars or just a corps leader?
I don't have a better answer than whatever's on Wookieepedia. If this question came up for a Star Wars project I was working on, I'd ask Leland Chee for guidance.
How did ex-chancellor Valorum die? There are many versions. Was it poison, was it a shuttle explosion or didn't he die at all (TCW)?
What happened to Asajj Ventress after the events of The Clone Wars?
That's a story that remains to be told. I'm as eager to find out as the person who asked this is.
What is your opinion on separating the EU into canon and legends?
Which TCW episodes are your favorites?
Which of your books would you say is your best? On which did you write the longest?
The book of mine I like best isn't Star Wars, but The Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris, which comes out in December from HarperCollins. (The website is http://www.jupiterpirates.com.) For those who haven't heard of The Jupiter Pirates, it's a young-adult space fantasy saga set in the 29th century, when Earth is the dominant power of the solar system, opposed by breakaway colonists on the moons of Jupiter and the other planets of the outer solar system. The saga's hero is Tycho Hashoone, who starts the series as a 12-year-old midshipman on his family's pirate ship, the Shadow Comet. Tycho's mother is the captain, his father is the first mate, and he's part of the bridge crew with his twin sister Yana and their older brother Carlo. The siblings have to work together as a family, but they're also competitors: the captaincy of the Shadow Comet is handed down from one generation to the next, and only one of the kids will get to be the next captain.
Jupiter Pirates isn't Star Wars, but it's got a lot of the elements that made me love Star Wars as a kid: heroes and rogues, lots of space battles, and family secrets. I'm proud of the first book in the series, The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra, but when I wrote that one I was still figuring out the characters' motivations and the world-building and everything else. When I wrote Curse of the Iris I'd worked all that out (or at least most of it), so I could really relax and enjoy the storytelling.
My favorite Star Wars book is The Essential Atlas. The Atlas (which is also the book that took the longest, by a factor of about a billion) was quite literally a dream come true. When I was a kid, I really wanted a book full of maps of the Star Wars galaxy and explanations of how it worked, and one night I dreamed such a book existed and I bought it, and when I woke up I was so disappointed to realize it wasn't true. I had no idea that it would be true one day, but first I'd have to grow up and become a writer and meet Dan Wallace and convince the folks at Del Rey that this wasn't really such a crazy idea for a book.I'm also having a lot of fun writing the quartet of young-adult books in the Servants of the Empire series. That one's tied in to Star Wars Rebels and star Zare Leonis, who's a supporting character on the show. The setting is that of Rebels and the books overlap with the show in places, but I've had a lot of freedom to shape Zare's story, which has been both an enormous honor and a ton of fun. The first one, Edge of the Galaxy, comes out in October and I'm really excited for folks to read it.
Great answer! Next question: there are many people who share the opinion that Star Wars: Rebels mainly targets children and they miss the "Dark Times"-feeling in the previews of the show. What do you think about it?
Speaking of the TCW episode guide: can we expect an extension which includes the content of the season six episodes?
I would love to do this, and have suggested it as a project to DK. But there are no current plans that I'm aware of.
You told us about your new Servants of the Empire series. How did that come about? Was it your idea or did somebody from Disney ask you to write it?
In the Rebels Visual Guide Zare Leonis is described as "skilled" and "incredibly brave" - can we expect a young Anakin or an inspiring revolutionary or is he a normal boy who just stands up for his friends when they need him?
“Despite everything that’s happened, you’re still the little Imperial who thinks the galaxy is supposed to be a nice place. Leave me a message when you understand the stakes.”
Great. Thank you very much for the interview, Mr. Fry!