There are exciting times ahead for Star Wars publishing. As Shadow Fall and Queen’s Peril arrive we have The Empire Strikes Back edition of From A Certain Point of View coming in the autumn but before then there’s the audiobook original of Doctor Aphra, and author Sarah Kuhn has been talking with about the project, the cast and her hopes for the release. You’re adapting a comic book into audio form, which is a rare thing. What’s that process been like?

Sarah Kuhn: Fascinating! And also a bit intimidating, because I love Aphra so much and she has been written so brilliantly by Kieron and Simon Spurrier and now Alyssa Wong. It’s amazing to get the opportunity to write a character you adore, but it’s also terrifying, because you really, really want to do her justice. I re-read the Vader comics we were basing the story on, as did my incredible editor, Elizabeth Schaefer. We went through and pulled out all of Aphra’s pieces — fit them together and shaped them into a more Aphra-centric arc (which I think she would appreciate, because obviously she would want to be the star, not Vader!). Then I tried to imagine what Aphra was doing when she wasn’t on the page, and to find areas where we could expand and get into her backstory, her non-Vader adventures, and her hidden vulnerabilities. And probably the most important decision we made was to tell this in her voice, from her POV — which helped me do things like fill in places where maybe you can see something on a comic book page, but you aren’t hearing it in dialogue. More importantly, I wanted Aphra to be able to tell her own story — because you know the way she tells it is going to be super entertaining.

Emily Woo Zeller as Aphra
Jonathan Davis as Boba Fett
Sean Patrick Hopkins as Luke Skywalker
Sean Kenin as Triple-Zero
Nicole Lewis as Sana Starros
Carol Monda as Maz Kanata
Euan Morton as The Emperor
Catherine Taber as Leia Organa
Marc Thompson as Darth Vader

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Sarah Kuhn (Author) - Emily Woo Zeller, Jonathan Davis, Sean Patrick Hopkins (Narrators)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 07/21/2020 (Publication Date) - Penguin Audio (Publisher)