Yesterday, Megan, who reviews The Clone Wars for FANgirl, posted her interview with Timothy Zahn about Scoundrels at her blog. I particularly liked this part:
M: When you’re writing original characters in the Star Wars universe, do you consciously choose their gender, like ‘I’m going to make a female character now’, or does it happen organically?
TZ: It’s a combination. I like to have a mix of male and female characters because I think a varied cast allows more depth of personalities and interactions. But I won’t shoehorn a woman into a role because it’s the PC thing to do. Usually as I’m developing a story the genders of the characters just sort of automatically emerge in my mind. Bink and Tavia’s roles were always women; Dozer was always a man, and so on. It’s mostly a matter of what feels right.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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