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Let force of classic movies, Star Wars and old houses be with you, Gray!

Gray has travelled to many countries including the UAE, the Philippines, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico and Australia.

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Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Mon 7 Nov 2016, 9:29 PM

Last updated: Mon 7 Nov 2016, 11:33 PM

Claudia Gray, American author of the bestselling Star Wars and Evernight Series, described how her love for old houses and classic movies and obsession with Star Wars movies has made her an instant success in paranormal romance of young adult fiction.
Speaking at the 35th Sharjah International Book Fair, Gray said she lives in a more than a 100-year-old house in New Orleans, watches classic movies, loves vintage style and history. "I could say that all these have played much to the writing of my sequel. In the past, I wanted to write about vampires, but I worked first as a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few."
Gray, whose real name is Amy Vincent, said she started her bestselling Evernight series and her two Star Wars novels - Star Wars: Lost Stars and Star Wars: Bloodline - as a sequel to Star Wars movies after Lucasfilm, the film producer, approached her to write.
Her Star Wars and Evernight series were among the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction nominations. She was obsessed with the original Star Wars movies when she was seven, and her fascination continued until she herself was writing the sequel. The second book in the Evernight series, Star Gazer, was ranked No 4 in the New York Times list of best sellers. In 2015, she started writing canon novels for thrilling Star Wars Series. It includes Lost Wars (2015) and Bloodline (2016).
Gray has travelled to many countries over the years including the UAE, the Philippines, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico and Australia. "Within the SIBF," she said.
"In my travels and talks to students, I discovered that their dads and mums are also reading what they are reading. A mum told me it is difficult to speak directly to their adult children about many things, but by discussing the characters of my novels, their interaction on these issues becomes possible," Gray said.
- afkarali@khaleejtimes.com



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