Double Trouble Author Interview: Delilah S. Dawson

Double Trouble: An Anthology of Two-Fisted Team-Ups, edited by Jonathan Maberry & Keith R.A. DeCandido, presented by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, is now funding on Kickstarter. The anthology features more than a dozen great tie-in writers teaming classic characters up.

We’ve already done several interviews

Here’s an interview with Delilah S. Dawson, whose story pairs Jane Austen’s wild upper-class scion Lydia Bennet, youngest of the Bennet sisters from Pride and Prejudice, with Lord Ruthven, the aristocratic, charismatic vampire from John William Polidori’s The Vampyre.

Delilah S. Dawson is the author of over twenty books, including the New York Times best-selling Star Wars: Phasma, The Violence, the “Minecraft: Mob Squad” trilogy, and many more. She’s written comics in the worlds of Marvel Action Spider-Man, Star Wars, Firefly, The X-Files, and Adventure Time.

What led you to choose the characters you’re using for your Double Trouble story?

Pride and Prejudice is a comfort story for me; in that world, the worst thing that could happen is marrying a Mr. Collins. I was intrigued by the thought of how the Bennett sisters might deal with a man who’s an actual threat and not just a bore or a cad. The answer? Throw a vampire into the mix!

What do you enjoy most about writing tie-in fiction?

I love writing in worlds that feel like home. It’s an interesting challenge, telling a story that’s very “me” while also fitting seamlessly into the library and canon of that official universe. It’s very healing to the lonely, nerdy kid who lives in my heart. And meeting the fans is always such a delight. Star Wars Celebration is one of the most positive, enthusiastic gatherings I’ve ever attended! 

What’s your favorite licensed universe that you’ve written in during your career as a tie-in writer?

Whichever one I’m currently writing in! Each world has its own appeal. Star Wars is timeless, Adventure Time is playful with lots of room for jokes and wackiness, The X-Files gave me tons of creative freedom, Labyrinth was truly an honor, Marvel Action Spider-Man allowed me to offer a welcoming door to bring new young readers into the massive realm of Spider-Man. And the Stranger Things book I have coming up was tons of fun!

What do you have that’s now out or coming out soon?

The paperback of The Violence is out this November, as is my third and final Minecraft Mob Squad book, Don’t Fear the Creeper. I’m doing some work with DC’s “Dark Crisis” event over the next couple of months. And I have several projects out next year, including a Star Wars novel, a Stranger Things novel, and a secret tie-in that hasn’t yet been announced.

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