Megan’s Interview with Timothy Zahn

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.

Click over to This Blog is Full of Words for the full interview. For reviews of Scoundrels, check out Kay’s here or Megan’s at Knights Archive.



Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. 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