British writer KAREN TRAVISS received critical acclaim for her first novels City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, and The World Before, published by HarperCollins in the USA. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, Karen has also worked as a police press officer, an advertising copywriter and a journalism lecturer. She has served in both the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service and the Territorial Army. A graduate of the Clarion East class of 2000, she has had short stories published in Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and On Spec. She is also the author of Star Wars: Republic Commando: Hard Contact, Star Wars: Republic Commando: Triple Zero, Star Wars: Republic Commando: Order 66, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice and New York Times #1 bestseller Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Revelations and is beloved of stormtroopers everywhere. She is also the author of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the novel tying in to the Summer 2008 animated Star Wars movie.