Okay, I'm going to give this a shot. (Just FYI, I have never been an addict of any kind. I just wrote about one. Doesn't mean I AM one. That's kind of the definition of fiction -- the author MAKES IT UP.) I don't claim to be a perfect writer. I think I'm a pretty good storyteller, but I have strengths and weaknesses like everyone else. I am certainly no stylist. My writing is plain and straightforward. At its best, it's "cinematic," with a "transparent" style that allows readers to easily visualize the events I'm chronicling as though they were watching a film -- perfect for doing film and television tie-ins. At its worst, my style is overly simplistic, and comes across as non-literary, slick, and "juvenile." I guess if I think I have any one strength in writing tie-in fiction, it's that I believe I have a good "ear" for the way beloved characters (like Han, Lando, etc.) speak. I think my dialogue is pretty faithful to the characters we've seen on screen. Their speech patterns are familiar, and unique to them. I certainly did as much (or more) research as the other Star Wars novelists back when I was first hired to do the Han Solo trilogy. I read every adult novel, and most of the gaming guides, before writing my trilogy. It's too bad subsequent events have negated the continuity in my trilogy, but that's the way the cookie crumbles in writing tie-in fiction. You get used to it. That's also part of the reason that I have given up writing tie-in fiction, at least for now. Lucasfilm didn't approve the idea of a Leia backstory because they want to keep that era of the SW continuity untouched for the television series they're considering. That was the only Star Wars project that interested me at this point, so I didn't attempt to propose anything else. Just writing a plain old EU type adventure doesn't seem worth the research it would take, and, let's face it, those characters have had dozens and dozens of adventures by now. It would be difficult to come up with something intriguing and diverting in that universe within the constraints of the continuity that's been set up. And I'm not interested in writing just another adventure. I have to have an emotional link to the story I'm writing, feel that I'm chronicling life events of great importance to the characters. I've turned down some very lucrative tie-in projects because they didn't emotionally "resonate" within me. So these days I'm writing my own books. I'm lucky in that I've always had a career writing original novels, as well as tie-in books. Not all tie-in writers have been able to manage that, and I feel very fortunate. Anyhow, if I can answer any questions about the directives I was given, in writing the HS trilogy, it was all a long time ago, but I'll do my best to recall how it was. Best, -Ann C. Crispin Author: STORMS OF DESTINY/HarperEos www.accrispin.com P.S. Anyone who liked the way I handled battle scenes, can check out the first 100 page of STORMS for free on my website, in case you're interested in the book. I edited out some stuff to not bait anyone else.