"I narrowed it down to Motti pretty quickly, because I love fussy bureaucrats. Vader, especially in the first film, feels so huge and terrifying and mysterious, and I loved the idea of someone who had to work with the guy on a regular basis and is really sick of dealing with him in meetings."
―Daniel M. Lavery[3]

Daniel M. Lavery is the author of the short story "An Incident Report" from the 2017 anthology From a Certain Point of View. Written from Admiral Conan Antonio Motti's point of view, the story is similar in style to Lavery's articles on The Toast, a website which he co-founded.


"I first got into the Expanded Universe [now Legends] novels when I was in fourth or fifth grade, and so I'd been waiting for an e-mail like the one Elizabeth sent me for roughly 19 years. My body was ready. I will write for Star Wars anytime, anywhere. I am all in."
―Daniel M. Lavery[3]

Daniel M. Lavery,[2] who was born on November 28, 1986,[1] is an American author who wrote the short story "An Incident Report" in From a Certain Point of View, a 2017 anthology of stories set during[2] the 1977 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[4]

The editor of the anthology, Elizabeth Schaefer, created a list of her favorite authors with whom she wished to work[5] and invited Lavery to contribute. In an interview with StarWars.com's Kristin Baver, Lavery speculated that Schaefer was aware of his many tweets and articles on The Toast, a website which he co-founded, about the Star Wars Legends character Kyp Durron from Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy. From a list of side characters in A New Hope, Lavery selected Admiral Conan Antonio Motti and wrote about Motti filing a workplace incident report after he was Force choked by Darth Vader. Lavery said he loves "fussy bureaucrats" and sought to capture his own impulses towards self-pitying and petty grievances taken to Imperial proportions by Motti. Baver and Lavery compared the story's style to his work on The Toast.[3]


Year Title Format
2017 "An Incident Report"—From a Certain Point of View Short story in anthology[2] and audiobook[6]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lavery, Daniel M.: Finally Taking My Own Advice About Thanksgiving (2019-11-28). The Shatner Chatner. Archived from the original on April 22, 2020. "Today, as you likely know, is Thanksgiving in the States. It's also my 33rd birthday." — Thirty-three years subtracted from November 28, 2019, the date of Lavery's article, is November 28, 1986.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 From a Certain Point of View
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 StarWars.com Daniel M. Lavery on Admiral Motti's Force Problems in From a Certain Point of View on StarWars.com (backup link)
  4. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  5. StarWars.com The Making of From a Certain Point of View on StarWars.com (backup link)
  6. From a Certain Point of View audiobook

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