I just stumbled across an excellent article written by Karen Traviss on the differences between writing in a licensed universe like Star Wars and writing in her own like City of Pearl. I really have to read City of Pearl someday soon. Her Star Wars is a step above the rest and she is very accessible to her readers through blogs, her website, an amazon author blog, and various other things I have heard of. It makes good business sense, but I think she is also that decent kind of author. So far she is the only Star Wars author I've read that I actually want to go out and find her other work.