Mara Month: Roqoo Depot Interview with Timothy Zahn

May 7, 2012 at 8:51 am | Posted in Interview | 3 Comments
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To help celebrate Mara Month, we went straight to the source, the creator of Mara, Timothy Zahn. We asked Mr. Zahn what some of of his favorite Mara moments are, how Mara came to be, and more. Enjoy and stay tuned as we will be celebrating Mara all month.

What are some of your favorite Mara moments?

TZ: That’s a hard one — there are so many. If I have to pick three (okay, six): killing C’baoth and saving the day (The Last Command), chiding Luke for his overuse of the Force (Vision of the Future), helping Luke take out a droideka (Survivor’s Quest), letting the Hand of Judgment go (Allegiance), traversing the railing under enemy fire (Choices of One), and her unwelcome but genuine feelings of loss at the end of that book.

What’s the best Mara fan experience you’ve ever had?

TZ: Best (and most gratifying, humbling, and on-going): The various women who dress as Mara at conventions, and who thank me for creating her.

Second-best: *All* the readers — in costume or not — who appreciate her. (I’m pretty easy to please. <G>)

How did you conceive of Mara?

TZ: Mara was originally intended to provide a link between the opening of RotJ (the rescue of Han) and the rest of the overall Rebellion storyline by being sent to Jabba’s to kill Luke. As the plotting of the trilogy progressed, she gradually took on the persona and qualities that would end up resonating with so many readers.

Did you know when you created her what a great foil she’d be for Luke?

TZ: She was always intended to be a foil (or, perhaps a counterpoint) to him, providing some of the same contrast that Han already provided for Leia. I *was* a bit surprised, though, to find out how easily and effectively she fell into that role, and therefore how easy she was to write.

Inside the Actors Studio is fond of asking ‘If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?’ What do you think the Force would say to Mara?

TZ: The same thing I expect to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

We want to thank Mr. Zahn for taking the time to answer our questions. His upcoming Star Wars book Scoundrels will be out December 26 in hardcover. As always, you can stay up to date with the latest Zahn news by checking out his Facebook page.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot. Where Mara lives on.


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  1. […] They’ve got five questions with one of our favorite Expanded Universe authors, Timothy Zahn. What’s the best Mara fan experience you’ve ever had? […]

  2. This interview made me smile. She was a wonderful foil for Luke and a great character in her own right. Not an easy thing to create but proof of Mr. Zahn’s mastery at great characterization.

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