NOVELS

I've split my novels into series with a reader advisory for parents. Some folks think that because I've written a lot of Star Wars books, then my other stuff must be suitable for younger readers. Sorry, but it's not: I don't write any YA/ kids' books. It's M for Mature - strong language, violence, the lot. Even my Star Wars stuff is aimed squarely at adults, although there's no bad language in it. It's still full of adult themes that are harrowing and challenging, but they can be good ways to introduce a child to moral and political debates. It's also full of violence dealt with honestly. I realise kids read my books too, and I believe that showing violence and warfare for the ugly, terrible things they are does kids more good than feeding them sanitised and frankly dangerous ideas that decapitating someone with a lightsaber doesn't hurt and is okay if the good guys do it. So please don't assume any book is okay for your kids unless you've checked it out yourself. Many parents mail me for guidance about what's actually in my books, and I'm always happy to answer those questions. But in the end, maybe you should read them for yourselves first because only you know what your children can handle.
NOVELS

I've split my novels into series with a reader advisory for parents. Some folks think that because I've written a lot of Star Wars books, then all my stuff must be suitable for younger readers. Sorry, but it's not: I don't write
any YA/ kids' books. Most is M for Mature - strong language, violence, sexual references, the lot. Even my Star Wars novels are aimed squarely at 18-plus, although there's no bad language in them. They're full of adult themes that are harrowing and challenging, which can be good ways to introduce a child to moral and political debates, but they also contain a lot of violence dealt with honestly. I realise kids read my books and there's nothing I can do to stop that, so on balance I believe that showing violence and warfare for the ugly, terrible things they are does kids more good than feeding them sanitised and frankly dangerous notions that decapitating someone with a lightsaber doesn't hurt and is okay because the "good guys" do it. So please don't assume a book is okay for your kids unless you've checked it out yourself. Many parents mail me for guidance about what's actually in my books, and I'm always happy to answer those questions. But in the end, you should exercise parental responsibility and read them for yourselves first, because only you know what your child can handle. And accept that M for Mature means what it says on the tin.