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This page records an email from Barbara Hambly, used in writing the article about Callista Ming. It is recorded here for historical purposes, and has been locked from editing.

Source:  EmailAttribution:  Atarumaster88

Dear Deb,

I'm Atarumaster88, an administrator and contributor at Wookieepedia, the online Star Wars encyclopedia. I'm also one of the primary caretakers of our Callista Ming article. Our mission at Wookieepedia is to catalog and document as much about the Star Wars universe as humanly possible, and one of the areas we include are author comments on characters, books, and other entities that they have created. We do this in a "Behind the Scenes" section on our articles.

We've been able to glean some "Behind the Scenes" content about Callista from an interview with Kevin J. Anderson and are in contact with the owner of the fansite linked to on your website to obtain the use of the Callista-related interview posted there, but we're always looking to add more, particularly from Mrs. Hambly, who created Callista. I was wondering if you could forward a few brief questions to Mrs. Hambly regarding Callista so that we can incorporate them into our website's body of knowledge in the event of an answer.

1. Where did you derive the name "Callista" from? We have some possibilities on our website, but we prefer to have the actual story.

2. Have you followed Callista's involvement in recent Clone Wars and Fate of the Jedi novels? If so, any thoughts on the direction that the story arcs have taken the character?

3. What inspired you to create the complexities of Callista's character, such as being trapped disembodied inside a machine and then blind to the Force?

4. Is there any other comment or addition you would like to make regarding Callista or her Star Wars work that you think would add to an online Star Wars encyclopedia?

If you could pass those along or possibly arrange for an answer that we can use on our website, myself and the rest of the many visitors to Wookieepedia would be extremely grateful. I look forward to continued correspondence with you.

Sincerely,


Atarumaster88 Wookieepedia administrator

Source:  EmailAttribution:  Barbara Hambly

Atarumaster - MANY thanks for asking me to contribute my thoughts and answers to the Callista portion of your Wookieepedia. I feel very honored.

Attached are my answers. If there's anything else I can help you with, please let me know.

Best, Barb

Source:  Document attached to previous e-mailAttribution:  Barbara Hambly

1. Where did you derive the name "Callista" from? We have some possibilities on our website, but we prefer to have the actual story.

I took the name Callista from one of Jupiter’s moons – which as I recall was originally named for a character from Greek mythology (Calliste or Callisto… I think the gods turned her into a bear, but the name is very pretty).

2. Have you followed Callista's involvement in recent Clone Wars and Fate of the Jedi novels? If so, any thoughts on the direction that the story arcs have taken the character?

I haven’t followed any of the Callista stories by other authors. I deeply love the character, and it would have been too hard for me to see what the Powers That Be decided should be done with her. I did offer, a few years ago, to do another Callista book, and was told “we have it taken care of.” This is one of the perils of writing in someone else’s universe, and I can only be glad that people enjoy the stories that I wrote.

3. What inspired you to create the complexities of Callista's character, such as being trapped disembodied inside a machine and then blind to the Force?

I always enjoy creating complex characters. Since my original mandate in Children of the Jedi was to create a love-interest for Luke (it was only as I was finishing the book that I was told things would go in a different direction), I thought, “What kind of person would Luke fall in love with?” As well as, “What would make a fun and interesting story?” I did want to delve a little into the issue of, “Things the Force can’t help you with.” Luke’s helplessness is part of his growing-up process – learning to accept what even the Force can’t change.

4. Is there any other comment or addition you would like to make regarding Callista or her Star Wars work that you think would add to an online Star Wars encyclopedia?

Only that I’m delighted that I was able to make a contribution to the Star Wars canon, and that the character has touched so many people.

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