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Star Wars Young Adult Novelist Walks in Her Characters’ Footsteps at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Zoraida Córdova watched Star Wars movies as a little girl in Queens, NY. At 13, those movies inspired Zoraida to be a writer. Now, as a grown-up, Zoraida is creating her own Star Wars stories.

Zoraida’s short fiction appeared in the New York Times best-selling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. Her latest Young Adult novel, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate, is set in the world of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new Star Wars-themed land at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate follows two new characters. Izzy and Jules were childhood friends, dreaming of adventures they would share one day. Izzy’s family leaves the planet Batuu abruptly with no chance to say goodbye. Izzy’s grows to become a smuggler. Jules, a farmer. Thirteen years later, they reunite by chance, literally crashing into each other, and quickly find themselves in the adventure of their lives.

Zoraida recently visited Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and was thrilled to walk around parts of Batuu and Black Spire Outpost that Izzy and Jules have walked, places Zoraida had only been in her mind up to now.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate is available right now in hardcover, eBook, and audiobook.

Although you won’t meet Izzy or Jules when visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you can go many of the places they visit around Black Spire Outpost during the novel, including their first date in Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo and listening to DJ R-3X inside Oga’s Cantina.