Author Claudia Gray discusses her Star Wars journey

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Stormtroopers attend the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" photocall at the Corinthia Hotel London on May 12, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Stormtroopers attend the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" photocall at the Corinthia Hotel London on May 12, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage) /

The best Star Wars authors are fans of Star Wars themselves.

Star Wars News Net recently sat down with best-selling Star Wars author Claudia Gray. Gray discusses her early interests, her thoughts on her most prestigious Star Wars novels, and overall success. Since 2015, Gray has written some of the most acclaimed novels in the Canon. With over thirty books published and twelve of those being Star Wars content, Gray has proven to be one of the greatest additions to Star Wars in literature.

Gray has been an author in the Star Wars universe since 2015 with her first young adult novel, Lost Stars. Before that, Gray told Star Wars News Net that she was a fan of the first two original movies, A New Hope, and Empire Strikes Back. She also was quite excited for the release of the legends novel, Heir to the Empire, a late nineties legends novel that was the famous debut of Grand Admiral Thrawn. It appears the interest and love for the novel foreshadowed that one day, she’d be writing them herself.

The author also went on to speak on her writings of Princess Leia,a character whose story has been portrayed by more than one person since the late Carrie Fisher. Gray expressed her pleasure in writing stories of the timeless character and was even open to writing another Leia story if one was ever in the talks. Talking more in-depth, Gray seemed to have mixed feelings about the different directions Leia’s story has been taken.

“The best thing about Leia is the worst; everybody knows and loves her so everyone has their own ideas about how she should be portrayed,”  Gray told Star Wars News Net

Gray has an upcoming Star Wars novel set to release in the Spring of 2025 and is titled Into the Light. This novel is set to be the last novel in phase three. Even with the date being roughly two years out, its arrival is anticipated by many. The High Republic saga has 11 books in its series with Gray being one of four authors to contribute.

As a young adult fiction writer, there was always a bit of controversy when it came to some of Gray’s Star Wars publishings. Some people felt it was targeted too much at one demographic and was steering away from Star Wars’ original genre. Gray commented on this lightheartedly during her interview and made a strong argument for her chosen style of literature fitting well into Star Wars.

“The Star Wars movies are young adults… They are about mostly teenagers going through these experiences and adventures.”

Claudia Gray has nothing lined up for Star Wars post Into the Light in 2025. However Gray shows love and appreciation for her work so far, hence being open to potentially writing Leia again in the future. The novelizations written by Gray so far have captured the minds and hearts of thousands of people around the world. Both her content in this world and in others has been read by many and is an author whom many hope is writing Star Wars content for years to come.